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iTunes Displaying
Same Track Names

iTunes Displaying Same Track Names

Have you suffered from iTunes displaying the same track names for every track on an album? It sounds ridiculous but it happens! And it wasn’t as funny as it sounds! So yesterday I decided to see if I could get to the bottom of the problem once and for all.

It appears as if seemingly random albums are affected. But they are actually using the Genre applied in the Album Info for all of the tracks on that album.

If you’ve been frustrated by the same issue, read on for a potential solution.

A Potential Solution

Frustratingly for some, you will need to use a computer to sort this out.

And it’s always best practice to make sure that your version of iTunes is up to date before attempting anything else. You can download the latest version here.

Having identified a rogue album, open iTunes on your computer and go to the Album Info.

At the top of the Details tab you should see a “Use work and movement” check box. Check it.

Then clear whatever appears in the newly appeared “work” text box. (If it’s blank or grey, click in the box and backspace to be sure that nothing remains.)

Then uncheck “Use work and movement” and click on Ok.

You will need to do this for all of the affected albums (yes, it’s a bit of a nuisance I know…)

Final Steps

After working through this step, it’s probably best to Consolidate your iTunes Library just to make sure everything is up to date – click on File > Library > Organize > Consolidate.

Now you need to connect your iPhone (or iPad), and sync your music library.

I found that to be sure of success, it’s best to remove the music library from the device completely then re-sync the entire library.

And that should stop iTunes displaying the same track names for every track on an album.

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Mandy Bungey BSc. FICB PM.Dip

As an IT Consultant I have over 25 years sole trader experience. Since learning my trade for the launch of Microsoft Windows 95, I have supported end users with their technology in a friendly way ever since, without having to resort to technical jargon or geek speak! I live with my husband in the beautiful rural Herefordshire countryside on the England and Wales Borders. You can read more about me here.