Batch rename song names to (Artist - Song name) WITHIN iTunes

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  1. dastraz macrumors newbie

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    I have song compilation albums in itunes. I prefer to seach by Artist, not album. Compilation albums often assign a different artist for each song. I don't like this, as I end up with thousands of artists, each with only one song! Here's an example:

    I copy "Classical Chillout" compilation album to itunes. 30 songs show up, each with their own (new) artist name, song name, and all within the album "Classical Chillout.

    Instead of having:

    SONG
    Adagio for Strings

    ARTIST
    Samuel Barber

    ALBUM
    Classical Chillout


    I want to batch rename all songs so that the Album name becomes the Artist and each "Artist" name is inserted into the "Song" name

    SONG
    Samuel Barber- Adagio for Strings

    ARTIST
    Classical Chillout

    ALBUM
    Classical Chillout

    ANY IDEAS?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Ivan P macrumors 68030

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    Press Command+A (Ctrl+A if you're using Windows) to select every track on the album. Now press Command+I (Ctrl+I on Windows) to open Get Info. Put the Album name in the Artist and Album Artist field and press OK.
    Now, you'll have to select individual tracks, press Command+I to again open Get Info, and add the artist to the end of the song titles.
     
  3. dastraz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've noticed you live in WA.....I'm from Perth.

    Where about are you from?

    I am very familiar with itunes and the process behind what you've described......however I'm after an iTunes script which can batch edit heaps of songs at a time. It's painstaking, having to rename each song individually....
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You'd probably have an easier time doing this with MediaRage or a dedicated program. iTunes is horrible for bulk editing. Anyway, you could try searching through Doug's Applescripts for iTunes or trying to find an Automator workflow.
     
  5. jampat macrumors 6502a

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    By limiting yourself to renaming within Itunes, you are making your job unnecessarily hard. The best program I have found is Tag&Rename. Unfortunately it is windows only, but it runs in Crossover (or Parallels, or VMWare if you prefer). I just don't get why you are typing WITHIN all in caps. I never found any half decent solutions within itunes, there are many great solutions outside of it.
     
  6. c-Row macrumors 65816

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    If you tag the Group Compilations option, you should only see artists who don't appear on compilations only. They still show up in a search, but they are not listed in the overview.
     
  7. Consultant macrumors G5

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    You are wasting your time by not tagging the files properly. Note that if you actually bought the music or CD, 99% of the time it'll be tagged properly as described below.

    This is a better way.
     
  8. dastraz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The Group Compilations thing looks like it will work :)

    Will it work the same way when I sync with my ipod classic?

    Now i just have to go through itunes and change the Group Compilation settings for all my compilations.....itunes always has work for me....

    Thanks for the help
     

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