How can I get iTunes not to consider “Various Artists” an artist in the artist view?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Dequanizatifici, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. Dequanizatifici macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2013
    When I type "monkees" into the "Search Library" box in iTunes, it offers me three things: (A) "The Monkees" as artists, and (B and C) the two songs I have by The Monkees. The search dropdown shows, right below the artist name listed on (A), that I have 439 songs by The Monkees. This is wrong: I just have the two. But those two songs both come from compilations, which have the following tags, among others:

    Artist: The Monkees
    Album Artist: Various Artists
    Part of a compilation: True

    The number 439 appears to be the total number of tracks with Album Artist = "Various Artists" that I have. And sure enough, when I select choose the Monkees artist hit from the search boxes, it shows me not just Monkees tracks, but every Various Artists track, split up by album, and with the two Monkees tracks being nowhere near each other. I'd much rather see just the two Monkees tracks.

    What is the preferred way to handle this issue? I believe I have my music collection set up right (say, as described by this page and in a variety of other conversations I've found online), but the current behavior seems silly to me.

    Here are some things I've tried:

    1. Going to View -> View Options under the Artists view and toggling the Group Compliations box
    2. Switching to the Songs view and playing with the settings under View -> Column Browser.
    3. Erasing Various Artists from the Album Artist field and leaving it blank instead.

    Item #3 seems to work, but it's clearly not standard and so I would expect adopting it as a solution would cause other stuff to break, either now or at some point down the road.

    Is there a clean way to handle this?
  2. dholaday macrumors member


    Mar 27, 2009
    Deleting whatever from the "Album Artist" field won't cause any problems. Just make sure you delete the entry from the "Sort Album Artist" field also.

    FWIW, I always clear the those two fields -- and uncheck the "Part of a compilation" box. Never have had a problem.

  3. Dequanizatifici thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2013
    Thanks, @dholaday. Do you have a particular tool to recommend for making batch changes of this type?

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