iTunes: Any way for separate album year and song year?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by devburke, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. devburke Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    I've only recently added release years to all my albums and now I sort by album by year, which is great. However, I'd like to make some smart playlists based on decades, and this is a problem for anything on some sort of anthology or greatest hits collection. For example, the Barenaked Ladies greatest hits CD was released in 2001. If I tag the whole album as 2001, it sorts correctly, but the individual tracks from the 90's won't show up in the 90's smart playlist. The other option I can think of is to tag each individual track with the correct year, but then the album stops appearing in the right place chronologically within the BNL albums, since iTunes no longer knows it was released in 2001.

    So my question is this: is there some way to do a sort of "Sort Year" or "Album Year" similar to "Sort Artist" or "Album Year"?

    And while I'm at it, I'm sure there's no way, but it seems like it'd be cool to somehow tie a track to two different albums. Previously, if I had a greatest hits and some original albums, I would erase any duplicates from the greatest hits and only keep them on the original album. However, since the release of iTunes 8 I use a more album-based approach to my music. I use grid view with shuffle off by default, and often just click "Play Album". But if I do that for a greatest hits comp, it of course won't play the tracks that I've deleted from it. So I have to keep two copies of the same recording for two different albums. It'd be cool if there was some way to tie one track to both albums to avoid dupes. But again, I'm pretty sure this'll never happen.
  2. LeoLion macrumors newbie


    Jun 23, 2008
    Nodnol (red dwarf reference)

    I would also totally love to know any workarounds for this issue!
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I haven't tested it, but I'm pretty sure the "album year" used in sorting is the year on the first track, in the same way the artwork for the album is based on the first track with artwork. In other words, if you have different years for each of the songs in an album, the "album year" is the same as the year on track 1. Personally, I prefer to have the song year reflect when that song was first released, since that's more meaningful to me than when a "Best of.." or compilation album was released.

    I initially wanted to have a song appear just once, and be linked to different albums. I don't believe there's a way to do that. I've since changed my mind, since some songs are different from one album to another. The most notable example would be studio vs live albums. For that reason, I'm content with a song being duplicated in several albums. I do change the year to reflect when that version of that song was first released by that artist. I also have many examples of the same song being performed by multiple artists, which, of course, I wouldn't want to lose.
  4. Galley macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2008
    If you select a CD in the source list, and choose Get Info, you will see that the year of release for the album is separate from the individual tracks.
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I don't see what you're referring to. Can you give more specific instructions?
  6. Calion macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2013
    I realize this thread is very old, but I came across it looking for this very issue. If you view by Album in iTunes 12, it shows the Album date below the title, and iTunes will sort by that date when sorted by Album by Artist/Year in Song view. However, I don't see how to change that Album date if it's wrong. It doesn't show up in the Info pane for the album.
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Change the date for each song in the album. There's not a separate date for the album, only for the tracks.
  8. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    I put the CD release date for 'greatest hits' and 'compilation albums' down in the comments field.
    It's not information I'm likely to sort by anyway.
  9. webbymac macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2009
    I've just figured this out. It takes the most recent year from the tracks in that compilation and uses that for the album year. Or at latest it does in iTunes 11 anyway. Old thread but I found it so I hope that helps.

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