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iTunes has multiple tracks all with the same name

Nov 29, 2019 | Miscellaneous


Multiple tracks all with the same name

Ever gone to play an album on your iPhone (or iPad) only to discover that all the track names are the same? I have. And it wasn’t funny! So yesterday I decided to see if I could get to the bottom of this once and for all.

It appears that seemingly random albums where using the Genre that I had applied in the Album Info for all of the tracks on the album.

If you’ve got a similar problem, read on to fix it.

The solution

Having identified a troubled album, go to 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 blank or grey, click in the box and backspace to ensure 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 bummer I know…)

Final Steps

After working through this step, it’s probably best to Consolidate your iTunes Library just to make sure everything is uptodate – 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 sort out your track names all being the same.

Mandy Bungey BSc. MICB PM.Dip

Mandy Bungey is an I.T.Consultant with over 25 years in the industry. Since learning her trade for the launch of Microsoft Windows 95 she has supported end users with technology in a friendly way without resorting to technical jargon or geek speak. Mandy lives in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside on the England/Wales border.