Customizing the information about items in your library

Information about the items in your library—such as a song’s artist and genre—is stored in the item’s Info window (choose File > Get Info). You can change this information to suit your needs.

For example, you could:

  • Group individual movements on a classical CD into one work by indicating the movement (for example, “Piano concerto in A Minor, Op. 54”) in the Grouping field.

  • Group songs that are part of a compilation together in your library by selecting the “Part of a compilation” checkbox. Then choose iTunes > Preferences, click Advanced, and then select “Group compilations when browsing.”

  • Identify the individual artists on a tribute album in the Artist field, and then type “various” in the Album Artist field.

  • Create your own genre category by choosing Custom from the Genre pop-up menu.

  • Change the order in which tracks on a CD play by changing the numbers in the Track Number fields.

  • Create a Smart Playlist that includes only songs that are just the right speed for your workout by adding the number of beats per minute to the BPM field.

  • Identify a movie as a music video (click the Options tab and then choose Music Video from the Media Kind pop-up menu).

  • If you import an audiobook from a CD, you can change its Media Kind to Audiobook (click Options in the Info window) so that it appears under Audiobooks (instead of Music). If you do this, iTunes also remembers your place in the audiobook.

  • Click the Sorting tab and enter custom text to sort by.

Related Topics

Editing song and CD information

Finding CD information on the Internet

Creating a Smart Playlist

Customizing the information about items in your library