What to Do When iTunes Doesn’t Find Track Names for CDs You’re Ripping

I ripped some CDs today, and was very surprised to see this in iTunes:

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iTunes uses the Gracenote CDDB database for CD lookups, and, for 99.9% of the CDs I’ve ripped, it finds the correct albums. (One notable exception is CDs from the Brilliant Classics label.) It finds this metadata because almost every record label uploads it to Gracenote. (Yes, Brilliant Classics is very lazy.)

Cover600x600The CD I was ripping is Philip Glass’s latest release, The Complete Piano Etudes, on his own label Orange Mountain Music. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) I’ve ripped other Philip Glass CDs shortly after they were released – this disc is only a few weeks old – and always gotten track info. So this one is surprising.

If you don’t see track info, you can enter it yourself, and then upload it to Gracenote, so others who rip the CD will get your tags when they rip it.

To do this, select the first track on a CD in iTunes, and then press Command-I (or Shift-I on Windows). Fill in the fields that display in this window; at least the song name, artist and album fields; if it’s classical music, also enter the composer. If there are more than one discs, click the Add Field menu and add the disc number field.

Info window
When you’ve finished entering the data for one track, press Command-N, or click the next button at the bottom left of the window. Enter the data for other tracks, and then click OK.

Next, click the Options menu near the top-right of the iTunes window and choose Submit CD Track Names. This sends the information to Gracenote. iTunes will confirm that the data has been sent.

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18 thoughts on “What to Do When iTunes Doesn’t Find Track Names for CDs You’re Ripping

  1. I have a number of CDs whose metadata has never appeared on the GraceNote DB. This is particularly annoying with my Bose LIfestyle system, though with iTunes I’ve always put the info in manually, though never updated GraceNote. (Never occurred to me!) Thanks, this is good info!

  2. I have a number of CDs whose metadata has never appeared on the GraceNote DB. This is particularly annoying with my Bose LIfestyle system, though with iTunes I’ve always put the info in manually, though never updated GraceNote. (Never occurred to me!) Thanks, this is good info!

  3. Much fun can be had with ‘new’ cds that haven’t had info uploaded yet as you can basically be the seed for all info that is subsequently downloaded by anyone. Which lets you be creative with names, or add your own reviews track by track. Oh to be the first to tag a new U2 or Coldplay LP… ;0

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  4. Much fun can be had with ‘new’ cds that haven’t had info uploaded yet as you can basically be the seed for all info that is subsequently downloaded by anyone. Which lets you be creative with names, or add your own reviews track by track. Oh to be the first to tag a new U2 or Coldplay LP… ;0

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  5. I recently imported the Willie Dixon Chess Box, which was released in 1988. The track info that was retrieved had incorrect artists, composers and years. How is it that no one had bothered to submit corrected info in the past 26 years?

  6. I recently imported the Willie Dixon Chess Box, which was released in 1988. The track info that was retrieved had incorrect artists, composers and years. How is it that no one had bothered to submit corrected info in the past 26 years?

  7. Does the Submit button appear only for a CD that iTunes says is not in GraceNote? I’m not seeing the Submit button (iTunes 12).

  8. Does the Submit button appear only for a CD that iTunes says is not in GraceNote? I’m not seeing the Submit button (iTunes 12).

  9. I have a somewhat strange version of this issue. I have an internal and an external CD drive on my iMac. Sometimes if I put the CD to rip into the external drive, iTunes says there’s no track info; but if I put the same CD into the internal drive, iTunes finds the track info. This has happened several times over the years. Anybody else encountered it, or have any ideas what causes it?

    • That’s just weird. The drive shouldn’t matter, as long as the CD is mounted in iTunes. I have no idea why that might happen.

  10. I have a somewhat strange version of this issue. I have an internal and an external CD drive on my iMac. Sometimes if I put the CD to rip into the external drive, iTunes says there’s no track info; but if I put the same CD into the internal drive, iTunes finds the track info. This has happened several times over the years. Anybody else encountered it, or have any ideas what causes it?

    • That’s just weird. The drive shouldn’t matter, as long as the CD is mounted in iTunes. I have no idea why that might happen.

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