Genius Doesnt work

Discussion in 'iPod' started by cgrier, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2008
    Does genius only work for music that you have bought from itunes? If so then ok that's the reason why genius doesnt work for me. None of my 1500 songs are from itunes. If it should still work then what? Does it have something to do with my TAG Information?

    In the Name section of every song i always have the artist and the title

    Name: The Game - Remedy
    Artist: The Game
    Ablum: -

    Do you think i need to clean up my tags for genius to work? Does every song need the album??? I have my whole music collection separated into 2 albums (sort of like a playlist)... that would suck...
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2007
    Take the artist name out of your track titles and see how well Genius fares then. It looks distinctly like your tags are stopping Genius working as it relies on correct metadata.
  3. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    The song does not have to be purchased from iTunes. It also does not have to be a perfect match to the iTunes or Gracenote metadata. I think the issue is more that iTunes has to be able to make a high-likelihood match between your song and a specific song in their Genius database. In my experience, adding things like additional artists in parentheses in the song title doesn't hurt it. But in your example... do you leave the album field blank on all your songs? That's probably not going to work....

    OTOH, I don't know if having it at the end instead of the beginning makes a difference (i.e. I don't know if "Remedy (The Game)" would get matched, although I tend to think it would, based on my own songs, if the other data like the album name were there....

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