Are you using iTunes for one reason or another? Perhaps you have an iPod or iPhone? Have you ever imported an album that has various artists? For example a movie or game soundtrack. Then notice how your artist list becomes polluted with names that you have never heard of and only contain a single song when you browse? Or if you use Coverflow on iPhone or iPod touch you have 15 of the same album, with the only difference being the artist? I found this extremely annoying and almost impossible to browse by album when I had the entire OCRemix library on my iPhone which basically resulted in 1500+ albums that were all the same. I thought it was iTunes playing dumb, so I left it. I asked around and no one knew how to fix this.
Well, it so happens there is a solution and it’s easy with almost no effort at all.
- Switch to list view.
- Go to “View” in the top menu then “Column Browser” and select “Albums”.
- Select the album in the main view you want to edit.
- Go to “File” and select “Get Info”. It might prompt you with a warning about editing multiple items, click “Yes”.
- Click the “Options” tab in the window that pops up.
- Click the checkbox next to “Part of a compilation:” and select “Yes” in the selection list.
- Click “OK”.
You should see your artist list suddenly shrink. Repeat the steps above for all albums that are a compilation of various artists. Coverflow and browsing on your iPod and iPhone are now sane again.