Why doesn't Genius recognize a lot of my songs?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by sra. Aguirre, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. sra. Aguirre macrumors regular

    sra. Aguirre

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    what makes iTunes Genius function recognize songs? I have some spanish ballads (mainstream stuff) that Genius just does not recognize... I do update Genius every time, but still it does not help the problem..

    Does it do so my collecting codes or other tags of the song info?

    Is there anyway I could upgrade my songs Genius does not recognize with codes or anything else so the Genius function could be applied to them too??

    Thanks!
     
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    if they're not in the iTunes store i believe Genius can't find them then. so thats probably the reason.
     
  3. iParis macrumors 68040

    iParis

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    I have this problem for a lot of my music too.
    And it's even on songs that I know are available on the iTunes store.

    If anybody could help us out that I would be greatly appreciated. ^.^
     
  4. Akira1980 macrumors 6502

    Akira1980

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    Try updating your Genius.

    On your iTunes go to "Store" and choose "Update Genius."
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    I haven't played with it in great detail, but I'm guessing that it has something to do with differences between your metadata and their metadata for the song. I know my Genius is picking up songs that I ripped, and I know it's sometimes doing it when I've changed the metadata. I just tried it...

    - It included a song where it had two artists listed in the Artist field, and I made it just one artist there and the other one in parenthesis in the title -- "(feat. The Used)", and it included this song. I was able to get it to do this both for songs purchased from iTunes and songs ripped from CDs.

    - It included a song where I changed the artist completely -- random example, but I had an iTunes purchased song by t.A.T.u and I changed it so that it had their name in Russian / Cyrillic followed by their name in English / Roman -- again this worked fine. I don't think I was able to contrive a situation where this was done for a ripped song, though.

    But I'm thinking there's some kind of matching-to-known song going on, and the farther your song varies from theirs (in terms of ... I don't know what, but presumably name, artist, album art, length, etc), the less likely it's being identified and tagged to the matching song in iTunes.
     
  6. NeoMayhem macrumors 6502a

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    I converted some of my songs to an older ID3 tag version (Menu > Advanced) and now they work fine. This did work for all songs though.
     
  7. ftaok macrumors 601

    ftaok

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    It would be nice if there was an option in iTunes that allowed you to sort out your "non-Genuis" songs. That way, I could figure out if it's an meta-tag issue or not.
     
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    Or better yet try to manually match them to available songs?
     

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