Combine your songs into albums in iTunes

When you're in the Albums view in iTunes on a Mac or PC, songs from the same album might not be grouped together. You can organize songs manually so that they're grouped in the same album.

By default, iTunes organizes albums based on the name of the album's artist. Some songs from the same album might not be grouped together if their album names differ slightly, if the album is a compilation, or songs from the album have different artists. To group all of the songs in the same album, organize them manually.

If you're a member of Apple Music or subscribe to iTunes Match, any organizational changes you make will update across all of your devices. If you sync your content with iTunes, the changes will update on your devices the next time that you sync.

Make sure that the album names match

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 the message "Are you sure you want to edit information for multiple items?" appears, click Edit Items.
  3. In the box next to "album," type the correct album name.
  4. Click OK.

Mark songs as part of a compilation

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

To organize 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 the message "Are you sure you want to edit information for multiple items?" appears, click Edit Items.
  3. Select "Album is a compilation of songs by various artists."
  4. Click OK.

Assign songs a primary album artist name

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 the message "Are you sure you want to edit information for multiple items?" appears, click Edit Items.
  3. In the box next to "album artist," type the album artist that you want all of the songs to have.
    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.
  4. Click OK.

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