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Keep iPod songs organized in the right albumsWhen songs from compilation albums get organized into separate albums on your iPod, it makes listening to complete albums difficult. We'll show you how to keep all your songs organized in the right albums and with the right artists.
-Have you tried listening to a complete album on your iPad only to realize that some of the tracks are missing. For some reason, the are not grouped with the rest of the album. Hi, I'm Richard Peterson, and today I'm going to show you how to make sure all the songs on your iPad stay grouped in the album they belong. Now, this is a common problem with the compilation albums like movie sound tract or the songs of the 70s [unk] commercial, but this also happens when the artist have songs on an album that feature another artist. For example, I have Britney Spears' Femme Fatale album on my friend's iPad Touch that I borrowed. When I look here on what seems to be the entire album, you will notice the track 6 and 8 are missing. Where are they, well, they were categorized under a different artist. Here's track 6 which is Britney featuring Sabi and here's track 8, which features Will I Am. Right now, we're looking at artist view even if we look at the album view, the same problem exist. The iPad thinks there 3 separate albums. One of them with the majority of the song and the other 2 are the 2 separate songs with featured artist. Another example is this movie sound track, which has a different artist for almost every song. It has sorted the songs into separate albums. This can be really annoying when if you want to listen to the entire album from beginning to end. To fix this, we need to go into iTunes. Click up here to sort your music by album and then locate the album you want. I'll start with the sound track. Select all the songs in the album, right click, and then click on get info. Click yes when ask if you are sure you want to edit multiple items. Now, from here, click on the options tab and then check the box that says part of a compilation and then yes, and now I have to re-sync our iPad and sort by album. All of the songs we selected will be grouped together into one album. If you sort by artist, however, they will still be separated. This should be fine for the sound track album because all the songs really are by different artist, but for the Britney album, it's all essentially the same artist with just a couple of songs that have a featured guest, so I'd rather just have them all categorized under Britney instead of separated as multiple artist. To fix this, select all the songs in the album and go back to the edit multiple item window like we did before. Now, you'll see a filled called album artist. You can type in the name of the artist here, but this will only help you sort your music in iTunes. It won't solve the problem we have in the iPad because iPads including iPhones currently won't sort by album artist. Possibly, the easiest solution is to just change the artist field, so all the selected songs have the same artist. This of course gets of rid of the featuring artist altogether. So, if you want Will I Am credit for reaching his goal collaborating with every recording artist in the world, you can just add his name in parenthesis next to the song title. Now, the next time we sync our device iTunes, we can find all our music organized by artist and in the right they were meant to be. I'm Richard Peterson with CNET.com.