Change song and CD information in Music on Mac
If you’re connected to the internet when you insert a CD into your disc drive, Music automatically retrieves information about the CD and the songs on it. When you import the CD into your library, the retrieved information is imported with it. Music retrieves CD information from the Gracenote media database.
You can also enter CD and song information into Music yourself, or change the information that was retrieved. Information about each item in your music library is stored in the item’s Info window.
Change the name of the song, artist, or album
In the Music app on your Mac, click Songs in the sidebar on the left.
Select the item, then choose Song > Info.
Type the new information, then press Return.
Change CD information
In the Music app on your Mac, insert an audio CD into your computer’s CD or DVD drive, or into an external drive that’s connected to your computer.
If you don’t see information for the CD, select it under Devices in the sidebar.
Do one of the following:
Change the CD name: Select the album name at the top of the screen, type a new name, then press Return.
Change the song name: Select the song, choose Song > Info (or press Command-I), click Details, make your changes, then press Return.
Tip: If you’re changing the same information (for example, the genre) for multiple items, you can select all the items and change the information for them at the same time.
Change information without changing the files on your hard disk
By default, changing information for an item in Music also changes the file’s name on your hard disk. You might not want filenames to change if, for example, the files are used by other apps on your computer.
In the Music app on your Mac, choose Music > Preferences, then click Files.
Deselect “Keep Music Media folder organized.”
Tips for using song and CD information to organize your music
You can edit information in the Info window to make it easier to find and sort items in your library. For example, you can:
Group individual movements on a classical CD into one work by indicating the name of the work (for example, “Piano concerto in A Minor, Op. 54”) in the Grouping field.
Group songs that are part of a compilation together in your library by clicking Details and then selecting the checkbox next to “Album is a compilation of songs by various artists.”
Identify the individual artists on a tribute album in the Artist field, and type “various” in the Album Artist field.
Create your own genre category by clicking Details and typing the category in the Genre field.
Change the order in which tracks on a CD play by changing the numbers in the Track fields.
Create a Smart Playlist that includes only songs that are just the right speed for your workout by typing the number of beats per minute in the BPM field. For instructions, see Create a Smart Playlist.
Enter custom sorting criteria for a song. Select the song, choose Song > Info, click Sorting, then enter the custom text.