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David Hartz Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

Recently iTunes has begun displaying songs out of order (for example the album I just imported is listed thusly: 3, 1, 6, 4. 7, 2, 10, 8, 9 11, 5). Miraculously, if I put that same album on my iPod, the songs are rearranged 1 through 11.

 

This can't be right, and a simple fix is readily available, right?

 

On edit: I just added another album to the library, and not only are the tracks displayed out of order, but his split the two albums up into a number of seemingly random chunks.

 

NOW this is getting really weird!

 

Message was edited by: David Hartz


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (76,855 points)

    Sort by Album, Album by Artist or Artist.

  • David Hartz Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I tried all of the different sorting options. Doesn't change a thing. Something else I discovered, however, is that this weirdness occurs only when in "Album List" view in iTunes. Switching to "Song List" puts them back in the correct order. They are in correct order using Cover Flow as well.

  • sacred_june Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK i was having the same problem but THINK i solved it...

     

    Firstly, get into the "Album View" view.

     

    From here there is an option which i couldn't find anywhere else...

     

    Up the top there are 2 Album tabs. The one on the right is the standard one, but the one of the left has a drop down option when you click on it. Check the "sort" option "Album by Title"

     

    That put the songs into the correct order for me - even once i changed my view back to my preferred "as List" view (so long as the ALBUM tab was checked)

     

    Hope that helps!

  • niteworkr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You see this situation if you have a album with mixed artists on it.  Right click on the first track of the album and select Get Info.  Select the info tab.  Make sure the "Album Artist" field is blank.  Repeat for all tracks in the album.

     

    Sometimes if you get albums from...heh heh..."wherever", the person who does the tags messes up and puts the information of the Artist of the SONG into the Album Artist field.  If it is a mixed artist album, this sorts the album individually instead of a whole album.  You may want to look at the SORT fields, also.  These are located under the SORT tab.

     

    Hope this helps.

  • naishal Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you....this really worked

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (76,855 points)

    niteworkr wrote:

     

    You see this situation if you have a album with mixed artists on it.  Right click on the first track of the album and select Get Info.  Select the info tab.  Make sure the "Album Artist" field is blank.  Repeat for all tracks in the album.

     

     

    If it is album with mixed artists, you don't want Album Artist field to be blank. You want eh Album Artist in that filed. The Album Artist is the artist who's album it is. The songs may have guest artists.

  • Steven Scotten Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Album Artist is irrelevant to this bug and yes, even though there is a fix I'm calling it a bug.

     

    I had several albums out of order. One of them seemed quite obvious: the two tracks that were out of order had composers listed, while the rest of the composer fields were blank.

     

    Using cut and paste to make sure the values were identical, I selected all the songs and went to view info. I filled in Artist, Album Artist, Sort Artist, and Sort Album Artist with the same value (the name of the band). I also used cut and paste to make sure that Album and Sort Album were both identical (the name of the album). I set the year and the genre in case one of those things was messing up the sort order.

     

    After this, the order of the tracks was 5, 9, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12.

     

    So I did the same thing again and deleted the values in the Composer field.

     

    After this, the order of the tracks was 5, 9, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12.

     

    So I did the same thing again and added the value that had previously in the Composer field, but to all the songs.

     

    After this, the order of the tracks was 5, 9, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12.

     

    I shut down iTunes, rebooted the computer and opened iTunes again, then went to look at that album.

     

    After this, the order of the tracks was 5, 9, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12.

     

    So I sorted on "Album by title" (which had previously been "Album by artist and year") as sacred_june suggested, then went back to sort on "Album by artist and year."

     

    Now the order of the tracks is correct.

     

    It's nice that there's a workaround, but don't for a second pretend that there isn't something broken in iTunes's sort logic.

     

    All that said, yes, you described the use of the Album Artist field correctly.

  • travelinwoman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There may be a "fix" but you gotta be kidding me. That's going to take major time, something I don't have.  I want my tracks to download IN ORDER THE FIRST TIME.  I sent feedback to Apple about it but in the meantime I'm stuck with several albums downloaded out of order, including what someone said earlier was his/her problem of albums being split.  This just  happened to me about 3 hours ago.  Again. 

  • HACKINT0SH Level 5 Level 5 (5,755 points)

    Erm, could you explain why you haven't updated iTunes yet?

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (76,855 points)

    Sort by Album

  • travelinwoman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just did it. Now at least I can see the correct order these songs are supposed to be in.  I didn't mention that my problem is with compilation albums, or albums with different artists; the same issue someone else had.  The one in question yesterday was the "Quartet" soundtrack from the movie. What a schmozzle.  I sorted by album first....of course that didn't work.  I'm not a techie -- I like my things to work out of the box and having to go in to each individual piece, grab info, add and delete stuff just to get the **** stuff in order....really? How hard can it be to design software to download an album in the order it shows on the CD?

  • travelinwoman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK egg on face.  Re-sorted songs...by album as suggested.  And we're OK.

     

    Only prob now is I prefer to listen to songs in order of download, not necessarily by album, and when I do that (even if I downloaded the whole album at the same time like I did this one) we're back to the same old schmozzle.

     

    And while I'm ranting, could you smarter folks explain why in Albums looking for this particular soundtrack (Quartet) I go straight from Pussycat Dolls to Quarteto Em Cy. "Quartet" is under "various artists,"  not even "soundtracks." Sigh.

    Thanks.

  • NJH13 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    where do u find 'sort album by title' thing?

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (76,855 points)

    NJH13 wrote:

     

    where do u find 'sort album by title' thing?

    There is no "'sort album by title' thing" That was so 2.5 years ago.

     

    iTunes menu View > Show View options.

    Click Sort by and select Album.

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