If you see unexpected groups of songs when you browse an album

When you're in the Albums view in iTunes, songs from the same album might not be grouped together.

When you organize your iTunes library by Albums, songs from the same album might show up in different albums.

There are three reasons why songs from the same album might not be grouped together:

  1. The album names might differ slightly.
  2. The album might be a compilation, meaning that songs from the album might have different artists.
  3. Some songs on the album might have different album artists.

If the album names differ slightly

Variations in the spacing, spelling, or punctuation of album names might make iTunes list songs in separate albums. For example, one album name might have an extra space in it that the actual album name doesn't.

To make sure that all songs from the same album have the same album name, follow these steps:

  1. Select all of the songs that should be on the same album.
  2. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or at the top of the iTunes window, choose Edit > Get Info.
    If you're using Windows and can't see the menu bar, learn how to turn it on.
  3. When the message "Are you sure you want to edit information for multiple items?" appears, click Edit Items.
  4. In the box next to "album," type the correct album name.
  5. Click OK.

If the album is a compilation

If the album is a compilation of songs from multiple artists, iTunes might list the songs in separate albums.

To mark the songs as part of a compilation, follow these steps:

  1. Select all of the songs that belong in the compilation.
  2. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or at the top of the iTunes window, choose Edit > Get Info.
    If you're using Windows and can't see the menu bar, learn how to turn it on.
  3. When the message "Are you sure you want to edit information for multiple items?" appears, click Edit Items.
  4. Select "Album is a compilation of songs by various artists."
  5. Click OK.

If songs have different album artists

If albums have songs by multiple album artists, iTunes might list the songs in separate albums. To assign a primary artist name for an album that includes songs by several artists, follow these steps:

  1. Select all of the songs that should have the same album artist.
  2. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or at the top of the iTunes window, choose Edit > Get Info.
    If you're using Windows and can't see the menu bar, learn how to turn it on.
  3. When the message "Are you sure you want to edit information for multiple items?" appears, click Edit Items.
  4. In the box next to "album artist," type the album artist that you want all of the songs to have. For example, the album artist for the album shown above is James Newton Howard.
    To note the original album artist for a song, you can type it in the "comments" field. To view the "comments" field, select a song and choose Edit > Get Info.
  5. Click OK.
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