5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 5, 2013 5:58 AM by Michael Allbritton
Alchemie Level 1 Level 1

I am about to upload my classical CD-collection to iTunes 11.01 on an iMac with Snow leopard. This works reasonably well. My problem is that CDs (albums) are arranged according to interpret (performing artist) with first name of first mentioned artist (conductor Claudio Abbado under C). I would like to be able to arrange albums according to Composer and even better to be able to swich to artist (in case this goes according to last name). Is there any possibility? When I open info for an album it has the menu "Sort?" (Sortierung in German). Options that might apply are "Interpret for sorting", Album Interpret for sorting, Composer sorting.

If this is the right menu, it appears to me  that I will have to tick one field for each album as criterion for sorting and I will have to open all albums to change it.

 

You see that I am more into classical music than into iTunes.

Any help is highly appreciated.


iMac (USB 2.0), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
Solved by Michael Allbritton on Feb 5, 2013 1:56 AM Solved

In the info tab for an album's ID3 tags there is a place for Artist, Album Artist, and Composer. You can fill in all the information then enable all 3 columns in the iTunes browser, in Song view. Then yu will be able to click the column by which yu want to sort the albums. You can also choose how to sort in Album view by pulling down View > View Options and choosing the options you want to sort by.

Reply by Jimzgoldfinch on Feb 5, 2013 3:25 AM Helpful

Hi,

With regard sort order, the sort field is normally left blank except when a title starts with "the" or "a". This is dropped and sort value for example will show "Beatles" rather than "The Beatles". I don't know how this would affect German titles.

 

With regard your example of Claudio Abbado this would be sorted by "C" unless you entered Abbado, Claudio in sort field.

 

In my library I decided to use composers mame in album artist field - show as Bach, johann Sebastian for example. Using this method I keep all the composers music together. This way I can display all my Bach music under artist view.

 

Also under song view, I can select column browser and add composers instead of genres.

 

Jim

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  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.itunes
    iTunes

    In the info tab for an album's ID3 tags there is a place for Artist, Album Artist, and Composer. You can fill in all the information then enable all 3 columns in the iTunes browser, in Song view. Then yu will be able to click the column by which yu want to sort the albums. You can also choose how to sort in Album view by pulling down View > View Options and choosing the options you want to sort by.

  • Jimzgoldfinch Level 6 Level 6

    Hi,

    With regard sort order, the sort field is normally left blank except when a title starts with "the" or "a". This is dropped and sort value for example will show "Beatles" rather than "The Beatles". I don't know how this would affect German titles.

     

    With regard your example of Claudio Abbado this would be sorted by "C" unless you entered Abbado, Claudio in sort field.

     

    In my library I decided to use composers mame in album artist field - show as Bach, johann Sebastian for example. Using this method I keep all the composers music together. This way I can display all my Bach music under artist view.

     

    Also under song view, I can select column browser and add composers instead of genres.

     

    Jim

  • Alchemie Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you Michael! You seem to be a genious expert. I tried some of the hints you gave me and it seems to work. I will try to use this conversation, in case I have further questions to this topic.

     

    Thanks

    Werner

  • Alchemie Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you Jim! You gave me some additional hints.

    Thanks

    Werner

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.itunes
    iTunes

    Alchemie wrote:

     

    Thank you Michael!

    You're welcome.

     

    I also wanted to suggest that you can use the "sort" fields if you want. They will work just fine. You might want to experiement with them some to get the results you want.