iTunes Tip: Add or Edit Information in the Comments Field in iTunes 12

iTunes 12 features a new Info window, which displays when you select one or more tracks and press Command-I. In this window, you can edit tags, such as album, artist, composer, etc. There is one tag, however, where you’re limited in how you can edit it: the Comments tag.

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In this file, I wanted to add some info to the Comments field; I wanted to add the names of the musicians in the band. In the above screenshot, I’ve selected that field (and you can see that there’s a bug in the way the window displays when the filed is selected, cutting off the text below it).

I got the file with the comments included. In iTunes 12, I can’t edit those comments, I can’t add anything to the field, I can only delete them. But, there’s a way to do this. Instead of pressing Command-I, press and hold the Option key, then right click and choose Get Info. You’ll see the old style Info window.

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Here, I was able to add info, and edit it. One note: to add a return character in that field – to create a blank line – press Option-Return.

14 thoughts on “iTunes Tip: Add or Edit Information in the Comments Field in iTunes 12

  1. Interesting — I can add and edit comments without issue in the new interface, and don’t have the odd display bug shown in your screenshot. Running all the latest updates & Yosemite.

    When I option-clicked to pull up the old interface, just for fun, I found a new bug — hitting the Previous or Next buttons in that window causes iTunes to crash/“Unexpectedly Quit” on my machine! Argh!

  2. Interesting — I can add and edit comments without issue in the new interface, and don’t have the odd display bug shown in your screenshot. Running all the latest updates & Yosemite.

    When I option-clicked to pull up the old interface, just for fun, I found a new bug — hitting the Previous or Next buttons in that window causes iTunes to crash/“Unexpectedly Quit” on my machine! Argh!

  3. I don’t see Kirk’s problem either. I do notice that I can’t paste the clipboard if it has a return in it, I hadn’t noticed that before…

    • Ah! Once there is a return character in the Comments field (using opt-return), the field becomes uneditable!

      • So there’s absolutely no way to have a return in the comments field. UNLESS IT’S AT THE END. That’s sure useful.

  4. I don’t see Kirk’s problem either. I do notice that I can’t paste the clipboard if it has a return in it, I hadn’t noticed that before…

    • Ah! Once there is a return character in the Comments field (using opt-return), the field becomes uneditable!

      • So there’s absolutely no way to have a return in the comments field. UNLESS IT’S AT THE END. That’s sure useful.

  5. I had a problem whereby iTunes 12.0.1.26 under OS X 10.10 didn’t even HAVE a Comments field!
    Kirk’s solution worked great- THANK YOU!

  6. I had a problem whereby iTunes 12.0.1.26 under OS X 10.10 didn’t even HAVE a Comments field!
    Kirk’s solution worked great- THANK YOU!

  7. This no longer works. (iTunes 12.5.4)

    It doesn’t even matter whether the text contains carriage returns or not.

    They intentionally make this program less usable with every iteration.

  8. This no longer works. (iTunes 12.5.4)

    It doesn’t even matter whether the text contains carriage returns or not.

    They intentionally make this program less usable with every iteration.

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