iTunes artist bug

Here’s an odd iTunes bug. Sometimes when you import a CD, the tracks get copied to your iTunes Library and onto your iPod/iPhone when you sync it. Oddly, the albums are not accessible through the ‘Artists’ list in either iTunes itself or on an iPod.

The problem results when iTunes inappropriately labels tracks as ‘part of a compilation’.

To fix it, open iTunes and select the problematic tracks. Right click on them and select ‘Get info’. From the window that comes up, choose the ‘Info’ tab. There, select the checkbox beside ‘Part of a compilation’ and select ‘No’ from the dropdown menu.

You must then re-synchronize your iPod/iPhone.

This bug is present in iTunes 9.1.1 and possibly other versions.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

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