When I type "monkees" into the "Search Library" box in iTunes, it offers me three things: (A) "The Monkees" as artists, and (B and C) the two songs I have by The Monkees. The search dropdown shows, right below the artist name listed on (A), that I have 439 songs by The Monkees. This is wrong: I just have the two. But those two songs both come from compilations, which have the following tags, among others:
Artist: The Monkees Album Artist: Various Artists Part of a compilation: True
The number 439 appears to be the total number of tracks with
Album Artist = "Various Artists" that I have. And sure enough, when I select choose the Monkees artist hit from the search boxes, it shows me not just Monkees tracks, but every Various Artists track, split up by album, and with the two Monkees tracks being nowhere near each other. I'd much rather see just the two Monkees tracks.
What is the preferred way to handle this issue? I believe I have my music collection set up right (say, as described by this page and in a variety of other conversations I've found online), but the current behavior seems silly to me.
Here are some things I've tried:
- Going to
View -> View Optionsunder the
Artistsview and toggling the
- Switching to the
Songsview and playing with the settings under
View -> Column Browser.
Various Artistsfrom the
Album Artistfield and leaving it blank instead.
Item #3 seems to work, but it's clearly not standard and so I would expect adopting it as a solution would cause other stuff to break, either now or at some point down the road.
Is there a clean way to handle this?