Silly coverflow bug

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Anuba, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. Anuba macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2005
    I have two albums called "Discovery", one by ELO, the other by Daft Punk.

    Both albums show up as separate items in list view on the iPod Touch, but when I switch to coverflow the ELO album disappears. I eventually found it hidden inside the Daft Punk album... when I flip the Daft Punk cover around, it says "Electric Light Orchestra - Discovery" on the back side, and the tracks are arranged in the following order:

    Track 1 = Track 1 from the Daft Punk album
    Track 2 = Track 1 from the ELO album
    Track 3 = Track 2 from the Daft Punk album
    Track 4 = Track 2 from the ELO album
    and so on...

    Anyone else seen this? It must be on the iPhone as well. I can't believe this never cropped up in inhouse testing... two different albums with the same title aren't that unusual.
  2. RodThePlod macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2005
    I've seen a similar thing with an album called Destiny. In my library I have Destiny by The Jacksons and Destiny by Gloria Estefan - and Coverflow gets all confused by this.

    Not really an issue for me - but it would be good if Apple sorted it. I'm guessing they'll address these glitches in the next update.

  3. GrimmGreen macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2007
    there is a fix to this..

    in iTunes ( with your touch plugged in of course )

    select all the tracks and right click ( sorry windows xp user ) and select get info

    make sure that the the "ARTIST" and "ALBUM ARTIST" are the same


    do this for both albums and it should fix the bug

    i have fixed a few albums this way
  4. Anuba thread starter macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2005
    Thanks, but I've already tried setting artist and album artist to the same name (the "album artist" field was blank before). Didn't help. The two "Discovery" albums remain merged, the only difference is the track order -- it now lists all the Daft Punk songs first, and the ELO songs below.

    No biggie really...
  5. drnycallstar19 macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2007
    i had the same problem. i just added a space after one of the two. that fixed the problem
  6. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    The Netherlands, Europe
  7. Freakofnature macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2007
    What version of iTunes is that? I don't recognise the skin. My iTunes on both mac and pc (win xp) looks bland. that looks better. is it Vista?
  8. Anuba thread starter macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2005
    I always do that... all my iTunes tracks have at least these tags:

    Disc Number 1 of 1
    Track number X of X

    And now I've added Album Artist as well.

    The point is that the only tags that should be required in order for Touch to keep the separate the albums is Artist and Album.

    Again, this isn't about finding a workaround. I just wanted to inform about this bug.
  9. GrimmGreen macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2007
    no it's XP , but i'm using Windowblinds6 for skinning
  10. Anuba thread starter macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2005
    It looks equally bland on Vista. Apple doesn't (or won't) use the new graphics engine properly, meaning that A) iTunes, as well as Safari and QuickTime, looks totally out of place -- no drop shadow like on all other application windows, and B) the graphics are slow as molasses -- scrolling is the polar opposite of smooth, and coverflow "flows" as if it was running on an old Pentium 3. I'm not sure what Apple is trying to accomplish here, the message to Vista users is basically "Come to us -- our graphics look like sh*t!", which of course isn't the case, but you get a major fish-out-of-water vibe from Apple's applications on Vista. On XP they looked better than the rest of the desktop. I dunno, maybe they're just trying to sabotage the Vista experience, but what gets ruined is the Apple experience, sadly.
  11. John Jacob macrumors 6502a

    John Jacob

    Feb 11, 2003
    Columbia, MD
    I wouldn't think they are trying to sabotage anything. More likely, they haven't yet developed and released a version of iTunes that takes advantage of the latest features in Vista.
  12. Anuba thread starter macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2005
    Well... Vista was finalized a year ago. Apple has released nine iTunes updates since then -- we're on 7.4.3 now. 7.0 could have been Vista compliant -- they had all the tools and SDKs required.

    As far as I'm concerned, the transition to Vista was completed 7 months ago -- that's when all software and drivers I use/need were available and working. Many software and hardware developers have indeed been dragging their feet, but everyone's done by now... except Apple.

    Surely this is no coincidence. Vista FUD is a cornerstone in Apple's marketing, they've got half a dozen TV ads mocking Vista, naturally they're gonna make sure that their part of the Vista experience sucks as much as possible for millions of iPod and iPhone users.

    Sure, Vista is underwhelming in many ways, but Apple isn't helping, and very intentionally so.

    But I'm going O/T now... the topic was coverflow bugs and I believe that's been covered for now.
  13. chall5 macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2007
    I experienced this bug last night as I have Never Enough by The Cure labelled as 'Never Enough CD Single' in the Album field and Never Enough by Boris Dlugosch ft Roisin Murphy labelled as the same album and when I flip over the cover of either both tracks are listed

    I'll try the 1 of 1 trick tonight to see if it makes a difference
  14. Rapmastac1 macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2006
    In the Depths of the SLC!
    Now that is redundant, Vista has never been finalized, it's nothing but an expensive beta! I have Vista, my friends have Vista, and my family has Vista, and it's the same no matter where you go! It's a load of Bull that Microsoft would sell this OS and it still has more bugs than a corpse left out in the middle of a big city!

    Before you start slamming Apple for giving Microsoft crappy software, you should first see what kind of crap we get from Microsoft. Windows Media Player for OSX, is this some kind of sick joke? It doesn't even work half the time! And Word for OSX, thanks to that shiz we now have some sort of spyware, becuase Microsoft...

    But XP, I think is one of the best OS's, only becuase that is what I have become accustomed to. iTunes on XP works really well, albiet slow, but still...

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