3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 27, 2008 3:14 AM by IlMolto
IlMolto Level 1 (5 points)
I just bought an iPod. I'm in the process of naming all my music in the iTunes Get Info window. I'm confused though. What's the difference between Artist and Album Artist?

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  • Matthew Smith Level 5 (6,790 points)
    The album artist could be the artist that is releasing the album, but one of the tracks may be a duet with someone. Thus that one track would have both their names on it.
  • PT Level 7 (20,875 points)
    Album artist allows you to group the entire album together under one artist name in the case where two or more of the songs are created to different or additional artist in the artist tag.

    See this past post of mine for further details and an example...


  • IlMolto Level 1 (5 points)
    Thank you both for your input.

    The reason I ask is because I have many livesets and promo mixes by DJs on my iPod. It would be nice to have a field for "Compilation Artist" or a "Mixed By" tag for compilations or DJ mixes that feature completely different artists.

    This is what I thought the "Album Artist" field was for, but what good is it when it doesn't show that info on my brand new 3 day old 80 GB iPod Classic... Instead, it tells me that there's various artists.

    Anyone know a work around?