948 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: May 3, 2006 7:48 AM by NIcpine
Lyssa has already mentioned possible cause but just to extend that information a little. Two things usually contribute to this happening, both due to information either in or missing from the Get Info>Info tab against the song in iTunes. 1) the song is marked as part of a compilation or 2) it is missing an album name. If the tracks are ticked in the Get Info>Info tab as part of a compilation, they will not appear under Artist on the iPod. Highlight a song you know is not appearing, from the iTunes File menu, choose Get Info and click the Info tab, if "Part of a Compilation" is marked untick it and afterwards update your iPod, you'll find it now appears as normal. Compilations are stored in a separate folder in iTunes so the songs don't appear inside the normal Artist>Album folder, this means therefore they don't transfer over in the same way. Also it could be that the tracks are missing an Album name in the Info tab, this information needs to be filled in, in the absence of one you can just add None or Miscellaneous. See this link: I don't see some of my songs when browsing by artist on my iPod
Zevoneer hit the nail right on the head - I was having the same problem you were and found that if the compilation box was checked (under Get Info) then the artist wont show up. Weird but true.
Now I have a follow up question - How do I know how many other songs are checked as part of a compilation and then how do I go about unchecking this box globally?
Thanks - Paul
You could use a Smart Playlist to find tracks that are part of compilations.
Open iTunes, go to Edit>Add Smart Playlist. When the dialogue box appears tick the box "match the following rule" then from the first drop down menu choose "Compilation" in the second menu choose "is true", then tick the box "live updating". That should give you a list you can check out.
If you want to remove the compilation tick from them all, click on the first track in the list to highlight it. Hold down the shift key and scroll down to the last track and click on it, this will highlight everything in between. Right click anywhere in the list and choose Get Info, you'll get a dialogue box asking if you want to update multiple item, choose Yes. Change "Part of Compilation" to No and click OK. That should do the trick.
You can read more about smart playlists here:How to create a Smart Playlist with iTunes
I don't know why, but those songs without an album name DO appear un the artist in my iPod.
Actually it's songs that lack an artist doesn't appear, obviously. And they're only in my "Songs" category.
Oh, even those that are marked "part of a compilation" still appear under the artist in my iPod.