I'm seeing this issue all too frequently with some albums on my Apple TV. When I try to search for an album, the tracks are not grouped within one album. Instead, the Apple TV creates duplicate list items (different tracks though) resulting in not being able to play the album all at once.

The weird thing is that they group fine into one album within iTunes itself. One of the albums displayed in my screenshots below was even bought on iTunes.

Any help on how to get it neatly grouped into one album?

P.S.: Already restarted the Apple TV and logged in and out. Using iTunes Match

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Same here. I found a easy 2 step approach to solve the problem.

1.) Make sure you have ticked the compilation box in iTunes and delete the album artists completely.

2.) After your Apple TV updated the music library the compilation will be together as one (with "Verschiedene Interpreten" in German, wich is "Various Artists" in English). After that you can re-enter any Album Artist you want, the ATV will not split up the Album again.

  • you're a hero man
    – thibmaek
    Commented Dec 13, 2015 at 12:23

This is the result of songs in the album having different artists. It's a common problem, but thankfully easy to fix.

Different artists in one album? How is this possible?

Generally, albums that have multiple artists are compilation albums. Meaning that not every artist that contributed to the album, contributed to every song.

If this isn't the case, the file info may be incorrect.

How do I fix it?

You can change each song's artist to match all of the others.

  1. Right click on the album in iTunes.
  2. Select "Get Info".
  3. Accept the prompt by clicking "Edit Items".
  4. Find the "Artist" field.
  5. Change it to whatever you like.
  • Change it to whatever you like? But that's horrible if you have a nicely organised library. Album artist is filled in as Various Artists. Shouldn't that group it automatically like it does in iTunes.
    – thibmaek
    Commented Aug 16, 2015 at 23:29
  • "Whatever you like" should more accurately be "the correct artist", but you could potentially change it to literally whatever you like. Also, when sorting by artist, it sorts by the "Artist" field; not the "Album Artist" field. @Thibmaekelbergh
    – Zach Gates
    Commented Aug 16, 2015 at 23:29
  • but all the different artists are already filled into the artist field since I bought this from iTunes. There's no info missing and other albums that I formatted the same way and are also compilations don't do this (look at Hotel Costes 8 in the screenshot)
    – thibmaek
    Commented Aug 16, 2015 at 23:31
  • Correct. No info is missing. However, lets say the first song is by "John Doe", the second song is by "John Doe & Jane Doe", and the third song is by "John Doe & Friends". Each song has a different artist, even though they all have the same "Album" field info. Your reference to Hotel Costes 8 has no connection, because every song in that album may have the same "Artist" field info; regardless of the "Album Artist" info. It's confusing, I know. @Thibmaekelbergh
    – Zach Gates
    Commented Aug 16, 2015 at 23:33
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    Sorry, man. I know how you feel. I'm very OCD about my songs and song info. Try thinking about it as omission rather than incorrect. Good luck! @Thibmaekelbergh
    – Zach Gates
    Commented Aug 17, 2015 at 0:03

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