iTunes and separating singles from albums

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by dhokes, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I have a bunch of singles and when I view by Albums I have a loads of 'Unknown Albums' for every single artist.

    Does anyone have a working method of separating individual singles from albums so they all appear under one?

    I tried to place them all in one album called 'singles', with the album artist as 'various artists' and ticked the compilation option. This works to an extent but then I can't search for the artists of the singles. :confused:
     
  2. macrumors Westmere

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    If you have the Album Artist as "Various Artists", you can still search for and sort songs by the Artist field. If you search for an artist by name, you'll find songs by that artist, whether they're singles or part of an album. I use that method, leaving the Album field blank. It works well, as all singles sort together when sorting by the Album field.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    So I've left the album field blank ... if I use the search box and type in the artist, it doesn't display anything. :confused: If I search for the single title, it displays the title.

    Ideally, I want to be able to use the search box to search for artist X's songs.
     
  4. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    That's bizzarre, as searching will look for your search term in all fields. Can you try a search, then take a screen shot and post it? Also, what version of iTunes and what version of OS X are you running?
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    iTunes - 11.0.1
    OS X - 10.8.2

    So I've got a single...
    Title: Wires
    Artist: Athlete
    Album Artist: Various Artists
    Album: Singles
    Part of compilation: check

    Searching for 'Athlete'... result: http://i49.tinypic.com/9s4hme.png
    Searching for 'Wires' ... results: http://i49.tinypic.com/vexiz4.png
     
  6. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    I'm not running iTunes 11. Is it restricting the search to only the field in the selected column (Songs)? That's not the way it used to work. If so, try clicking the Artist column heading and search for Athlete.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nope. I've tried that and I get the same results. It appears as though it only searches through the Album Artists and not the Artists. :confused:
     
  8. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    If you click the down arrow next to the magnifying glass at the beginning of the search area, what options do you see? Do you have "All" checked?
     
  9. Moderator

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    I'd blame iTunes 11 rather than your tags. I've had really weird search behaviour from it, and that's the main reason that I reverted to 10.7. I can't see anything wrong with your tags in your screenshots.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors regular

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    All, Song, Album, Artist, Composer

    I've tried both 'All' and 'Artist' and they both return no results.
     
  11. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just got off the telephone to Tech Support.

    Seems to be a bug and it works if I uncheck 'Search Entire Library'.
     

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