Why do albums split in iTunes?

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In the iTunes library, it is observed that the songs that are placed in one album are not grouped into the same album when the user wants to see the album songs. There are three reasons that exist for the songs in one album not being grouped under the same album. They are:

  • The artists of each song of the same album might vary.

  • The song names of the album might not differ much but very slightly differ.

  • Single “Album artist” might not have been allotted for all the songs of the album.

For instance, taking two song titles having four words in an album; the fourth word in one of them is written after two spaces from the third word while in another it is written one space after the third word. This slight difference in spaces will be recognized by iTunes to consider them to be separate album files. If all the songs from the album have to be grouped manually, then all of them can be selected first. Then the option called “Get Info” from the file menu can be selected along with giving a single file name to all of them. This will require you to group all of them into one album with one name.

In the case of songs made to split from a single album due to different artists, the compilation feature can be used for grouping them. In the iTunes version 8 and higher, grouping of such songs can be done by selecting all of them and selecting the option for “part of compilation” as “Yes” in the multiple item information window. In the case of lower versions, all the concerned songs can be selected, and the “Get Info” from the file menu can be selected to keep the option as “Yes” in the “Compilation” menu. Clicking the “Ok” button can allow iTunes to group all the songs together.

In the case of songs that are split not because of different artists, they can be grouped by selecting all of them and giving the same “Album artist” name to all of them in the “Get Info” file menu. These are the reasons for the splitting of albums in iTunes.

Author: Hari M

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