iTunes bug - artists being duplicated

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by jk73, Oct 31, 2016.

  1. jk73 macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2012
    Anyone else seeing this?

    Starting with Sierra and continuing in yesterday's iTunes update, if I add a song to iTunes for an artist that already exists in my library and then add the artist's name, a duplicate artist entry is created instead of the song showing up in the existing artist entry.

    E.g., let's say I already have 10 Madonna songs and then import another song, and then add Madonna as the artist and/or album artist. Instead of that song appearing in the existing Madonna section, a second Madonna entry appears in the Artists list, even if the song not only matches an existing artist but even if it's from an existing album by that artist. I've tried quitting and relaunching iTunes, and the duplicates persist, so it's not an anomaly that gets cleaned up upon a relaunch.
  2. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    You've got the Artist and album artist filled in correctly in all your Madonna tracks?
  3. jk73 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2012
    Yes, I do. (The problem actually started when editing Juan Gabriel tracks, but Madonna seemed like a better known example.)

    The problem is actually worse than I described above: I just tried tagging a second new Juan Gabriel track, in the latest iTunes update released yesterday (the second version of 12.5.3), and iTunes created a third Juan Gabriel entry in the Artists list.

    I guess I won't be editing any more tracks until Apple gets around to a fix.
    --- Post Merged, Nov 3, 2016 ---
    By the way, I've reported this via the Mac OS X Feedback at Apple. If someone who reads this has a developer account, perhaps they could report it as well. I assume those get higher priority. Thanks.
  4. johannarg macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2014
    Have had the exact same problem for the last months, each time I add music from an existing artist, in comes a duplicate artist entry. If anybody has found a solution, would be grateful for a line. Changing the album artist to anything else, closing iTunes, opening and changing back to the original name does the trick, but it's a pain when you have a big library.
  5. alldat macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2008
    I'm bumping this because I've had this problem for MONTHS and haven't found any concrete solutions. It's driving me insane.
  6. jk73 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2012
    Make sure to report this at Apple's feedback sites for the Mac OS and/or iTunes. I've already done so myself, but I assume the more complaints they get, they more they'll pay attention.

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