Why, iTunes?

In Songs view, here’s part of my Artists list (I list Composers’ names in the Artist tag to make them easier to browse on iOS devices):

Bach1

And now, in Artists view:

Bach2

Why is that artist listed four times (once with a photo that clearly isn’t Herr Bach)?

And that’s not the worst; I’ve got dozens of artists who appear multiple times in the Artists list. Hot Tuna is there a dozen times.

Go figure…

16 thoughts on “Why, iTunes?

  1. I just imported the Brilliant Classics “Telemann Collection” (10 hours of Telemann for $9) which I purchased from Amazon and discovered that the composer field was filled with the various artist names (which also turn up in the artist name as well). I figured this was Amazon’s mistake. Now I wonder whether I should blame iTunes).

  2. I just imported the Brilliant Classics “Telemann Collection” (10 hours of Telemann for $9) which I purchased from Amazon and discovered that the composer field was filled with the various artist names (which also turn up in the artist name as well). I figured this was Amazon’s mistake. Now I wonder whether I should blame iTunes).

  3. I can think of two possible reasons, both of which you may have eliminated already:

    – There may be spaces after the names on one or more of them (i.e., “Bach ” instead of “Bach”)
    – There may be some metadata field, like Sort Artist, which is different amongst them. I don’t think this should affect the artists themselves being different but like you said: iTunes

  4. I can think of two possible reasons, both of which you may have eliminated already:

    – There may be spaces after the names on one or more of them (i.e., “Bach ” instead of “Bach”)
    – There may be some metadata field, like Sort Artist, which is different amongst them. I don’t think this should affect the artists themselves being different but like you said: iTunes

  5. I was given an iPod many years ago for a present. This was all new technology to me. I grew up as a child in the vinyl and music cassette age. I read magazines to find software I could use to transfer my vinyl to CD, and onto iTunes. My line of work is in customer service. I have seen many work systems crash. When I downloaded iTunes I made a decision I wanted to play my music my way in the order I wanted. I also knew I needed to back it up, so back up occurs on CD and USB stick. Cloud was not invented then. I know many people store their music in the Cloud. What happens when the Cloud is hacked or fails and all the music stored is lost. Maybe there is a simple solution, or a back up for the Cloud. I choose not to use it. I have all my music in iTunes with a number at the front of the album name’ starting at 0001 allowing me to create up to 9999. I do not believe I will need to store past 9999 before I drop off my perch. I do not store my music in the iTunes created folder. For instance I have Christmas albums in a Christmas folder. Country music in a country music folder. I do not chase the latest technology, to keep up with the Jone’s. From first using iTunes I believe there has been a deterioration of iTunes itself over the years. The latest bug for me is, if I am not connected to the internet I get an error message advising me I need to be connected to the Internet to use iTunes. No matter how many times I close the message it keeps popping back up. Can Steve Jobs be raised from the Dead?

  6. I was given an iPod many years ago for a present. This was all new technology to me. I grew up as a child in the vinyl and music cassette age. I read magazines to find software I could use to transfer my vinyl to CD, and onto iTunes. My line of work is in customer service. I have seen many work systems crash. When I downloaded iTunes I made a decision I wanted to play my music my way in the order I wanted. I also knew I needed to back it up, so back up occurs on CD and USB stick. Cloud was not invented then. I know many people store their music in the Cloud. What happens when the Cloud is hacked or fails and all the music stored is lost. Maybe there is a simple solution, or a back up for the Cloud. I choose not to use it. I have all my music in iTunes with a number at the front of the album name’ starting at 0001 allowing me to create up to 9999. I do not believe I will need to store past 9999 before I drop off my perch. I do not store my music in the iTunes created folder. For instance I have Christmas albums in a Christmas folder. Country music in a country music folder. I do not chase the latest technology, to keep up with the Jone’s. From first using iTunes I believe there has been a deterioration of iTunes itself over the years. The latest bug for me is, if I am not connected to the internet I get an error message advising me I need to be connected to the Internet to use iTunes. No matter how many times I close the message it keeps popping back up. Can Steve Jobs be raised from the Dead?

  7. I stopped using Artist View in iTunes a while ago because of this problem. There are currently over 50 artists in my library that are listed over 20 times each. In the past I’ve tried selecting all the tracks, deleting the artist name, then adding it back to all the tracks at once – it usually shrunk the multiple listing from 20 plus to 2 or 3 but I could almost never get it down to the single entry it should be. I’ve even imported new CD’s – by artists I’ve never had in my library before – and it would still be listed multiple times. Frustrating, to say the least.I don’t even try anymore and I’ve given up on using a view that would otherwise be my preference.

  8. I stopped using Artist View in iTunes a while ago because of this problem. There are currently over 50 artists in my library that are listed over 20 times each. In the past I’ve tried selecting all the tracks, deleting the artist name, then adding it back to all the tracks at once – it usually shrunk the multiple listing from 20 plus to 2 or 3 but I could almost never get it down to the single entry it should be. I’ve even imported new CD’s – by artists I’ve never had in my library before – and it would still be listed multiple times. Frustrating, to say the least.I don’t even try anymore and I’ve given up on using a view that would otherwise be my preference.

  9. I have sometimes found that setting the “album artist” field consistently will cure an artist appearing more than once. But it’s iTunes, so who knows, right?

  10. I have sometimes found that setting the “album artist” field consistently will cure an artist appearing more than once. But it’s iTunes, so who knows, right?

  11. iTunes and the iOS Music app are such a mess that I’d consider an alternative. Is there any other software out there that will let me organise my music collection on my Mac (including ripping from CDs) *and* synchronise with my iPhone for portable listening?

    • I’ve played around with Clementine and Banshee on my MacBook. But my main music server is a Raspberry Pi3 running Logitech Media Server with files on a NAS. I haven’t found a music management app that fills all my requirements (iTunes would not be anywhere near the top of my list).

  12. iTunes and the iOS Music app are such a mess that I’d consider an alternative. Is there any other software out there that will let me organise my music collection on my Mac (including ripping from CDs) *and* synchronise with my iPhone for portable listening?

    • I’ve played around with Clementine and Banshee on my MacBook. But my main music server is a Raspberry Pi3 running Logitech Media Server with files on a NAS. I haven’t found a music management app that fills all my requirements (iTunes would not be anywhere near the top of my list).

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