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I have albums compiled of various artist. I want to split the album so that I have one album/cover for each artist. (This will make searching easier in my present set up)


There are many posts about merging multiple albums into one but it seems that I'm the only one requesting the reverse action 😕


Thank you.

Finn Sparsø

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Do the opposite of these tips for merging:


If you see unexpected groups of songs when you browse an album - https://support.apple.com/HT204538 - "Songs from the same album might not be grouped together as you expect when you view them in the Albums view in iTunes."


For most people this solution seems to be the one that works: Aug. 2008 post by turingtest2 about temporarily changing labels - https://discussions.apple.com/message/7904806#7904806 or http://www.samsoft.org.uk/iTunes/merge.asp - Add a letter at the end of the artist name, close the Get Info window, then open it again and remove the letter. This often works but I have had cases where tracks grouped when a letter was added but ungrouped when it was removed again.


The next sections provide additional solutions:


Often a solution: Select all the tracks on the album, File > get info (or right-click > get info > details), and either give them all a single "album artist", or check the "compilation" flag (as in https://discussions.apple.com/message/17670085#17670085).


Steve MacGuire a.k.a. turingtest2 - iTunes & iPod Hints & Tips - Grouping Tracks Into Albums - http://www.samsoft.org.uk/iTunes/grouping.asp (older post on Apple Discussions http://discussions.apple.com/message/9910895#9910895)


If these are from multiple-CD sets you may also need to enter the appropriate information in the disc number fields. If they are not a multiple CD set you still need to make sure the disc number fields are set correctly or all empty.


Another explanation by hhgttg27 August 2015 - https://discussions.apple.com/message/27784417#27784417


If they are mp3 files try changing the ID3 tag version which may cause iTunes to re-write the tags and clear up inconsistencies. I use iTunes 7.5 (yes, from 2007) so I can't tell you where this is in later versions.


I had one case of really stubborn grouping. The tracks would re-group in ways that didn't make sense when I changed metadata. Without going into detail, I deleted the tracks completely from iTunes, then re-added the files and they all grouped correctly. Doing this will result in some metadata loss but if you have no choice...

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Mar 17, 2018 8:50 AM in response to fsparsoe In response to fsparsoe

Specifically in iTunes an album is a collection of songs with a common album title and a common album artist, artist, or set as part of a compilation. Unsetting the compilation flag if set, and making the album artist the same as the artist should do the trick, although if tracks are to end up on an older device like an iPod classic then you should make sure that album titles are unique.


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Mar 17, 2018 8:49 AM in response to fsparsoe In response to fsparsoe

Do the opposite of these tips for merging:


If you see unexpected groups of songs when you browse an album - https://support.apple.com/HT204538 - "Songs from the same album might not be grouped together as you expect when you view them in the Albums view in iTunes."


For most people this solution seems to be the one that works: Aug. 2008 post by turingtest2 about temporarily changing labels - https://discussions.apple.com/message/7904806#7904806 or http://www.samsoft.org.uk/iTunes/merge.asp - Add a letter at the end of the artist name, close the Get Info window, then open it again and remove the letter. This often works but I have had cases where tracks grouped when a letter was added but ungrouped when it was removed again.


The next sections provide additional solutions:


Often a solution: Select all the tracks on the album, File > get info (or right-click > get info > details), and either give them all a single "album artist", or check the "compilation" flag (as in https://discussions.apple.com/message/17670085#17670085).


Steve MacGuire a.k.a. turingtest2 - iTunes & iPod Hints & Tips - Grouping Tracks Into Albums - http://www.samsoft.org.uk/iTunes/grouping.asp (older post on Apple Discussions http://discussions.apple.com/message/9910895#9910895)


If these are from multiple-CD sets you may also need to enter the appropriate information in the disc number fields. If they are not a multiple CD set you still need to make sure the disc number fields are set correctly or all empty.


Another explanation by hhgttg27 August 2015 - https://discussions.apple.com/message/27784417#27784417


If they are mp3 files try changing the ID3 tag version which may cause iTunes to re-write the tags and clear up inconsistencies. I use iTunes 7.5 (yes, from 2007) so I can't tell you where this is in later versions.


I had one case of really stubborn grouping. The tracks would re-group in ways that didn't make sense when I changed metadata. Without going into detail, I deleted the tracks completely from iTunes, then re-added the files and they all grouped correctly. Doing this will result in some metadata loss but if you have no choice...

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Mar 17, 2018 8:50 AM in response to fsparsoe In response to fsparsoe

Specifically in iTunes an album is a collection of songs with a common album title and a common album artist, artist, or set as part of a compilation. Unsetting the compilation flag if set, and making the album artist the same as the artist should do the trick, although if tracks are to end up on an older device like an iPod classic then you should make sure that album titles are unique.


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Mar 17, 2018 8:53 AM in response to turingtest2 In response to turingtest2

Thank you both.


I changed the album title for a selection of songs and then a new album was created. I edited this so that I now have two albums with separate composers, and these are correctly shown on my set up (Beomaster5)


Regards.

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