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iTunes group compilations not working


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This wasn't a big deal to me before, but with the album view available in iTunes 7, it's starting to really frustrate me. I hate flipping through and seeing some album covers over and over again, since they are compilations. For example, back in '99, I bought a benefit album for the Kosovar refugees that has a different artist for each track. The cover pops up about every 10 covers in that mode.

I tried checking "group compilations" in the preferences menu, but that didn't do anything, and YES the album is marked as being a compilation and is all stored together in the same folder in my iTunes Music directory.
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I know this post is old, but I had this same problem and couldn't find anything on how to fix it. I figured it out on my own so here is the answer.

When grouping a soundtrack or compilation into a "compilation" and you still have certain artists who are grouped separately, then be sure to clear the sort fields in those song(s) that say "Album Artist". This field seems to override a compilation grouping so clearing them out lets them join the rest of the compilation group you are trying to create.

Hope this helps anyone searching the same problem.
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Thanks MellowYellow. It works like a charm, I deleted all the info that was in the Album Artist section for all the songs. By clicking next at the bottom, I didn't have to right click on every song in the same compilation... part of compilation is now working
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I know this post is old, but I had this same problem and couldn't find anything on how to fix it. I figured it out on my own so here is the answer.

When grouping a soundtrack or compilation into a "compilation" and you still have certain artists who are grouped separately, then be sure to clear the sort fields in those song(s) that say "Album Artist". This field seems to override a compilation grouping so clearing them out lets them join the rest of the compilation group you are trying to create.

Hope this helps anyone searching the same problem.
There was nothing in my "Album Artist" field but I cleared it anyway (in the selected multiple file info box), clicked the box and saved... then I watched 150 duplicate album covers disappear! Thanks for the tip MellowYellow.
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