Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm using Windows 7 to do this. I have quite an extensive library of music and now I have quite a lot of duplicate tracks but in different albums. Obviously I don't really want duplicate files but I'd still them to appear in all of the albums they should. The biggest example I have is that I have multiple UK Top 40s now and some songs are in the charts for weeks, so I have multiple versions of that song which I don't want - but I do want to be able to see the track in each week still. (On my iPhone...)

Is there any way to do this in iTunes? I don't mind a bit of tedious work if it means I can eliminate duplicate tracks!

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

You could use individual playlists for the Top 40 of each week. This way you can include a specific track into several playlist without duplicating neither the track/audio data nor the metadata.

share|improve this answer
Yeah, looks like this will be my best bet. Simplest anyway, and by the looks of it the only way. Guess I've got a lot of playlists to create. Thanks for the suggestion. – Andy Aug 7 '12 at 13:40

No, there is not a way to do this. A track is only allowed one set of id3 tags. Similar Apple Support question:

share|improve this answer
Feared this would be the case. It's a real shame but I guess they didn't think about this when designed the system. Thanks for the information – Andy Aug 7 '12 at 13:38

Well if you don't mind the tedious work... do a search to filter down to the duplicate songs, likely using the song name. Then, right click on one of them and select Get Info. You should now be able to enter the album name and it should auto-complete names of existing albums. Once you enter and save this info your song will be bound to and show up in that album when it is selected.

share|improve this answer
Ok, but what is the seperater for multiple albums. I've tried putting ',' and ';' but it doesn't auto-complete any more if I type anything after that? – Andy Aug 6 '12 at 18:39
@Andy I think that the meta data only supports one album per song. I was under the impression you had (using example numbers) say 3 duplicate songs, all from different albums, but were not showing up in the albums appropriately. This method allows you to set which album a song appears in. – ioSamurai Aug 7 '12 at 13:30
Oh, no - kind of the opposite really. Not what I wanted to do but thank you anyway! – Andy Aug 7 '12 at 13:33
Oh so what you want is a single file to show up in multiple albums, but still only be one file? I don't think that's possible... – ioSamurai Aug 7 '12 at 14:26
libertas, Yes. That's exactly what I want but I don't think that's possible either. I'm just going to have to use patrix's suggestion I think! – Andy Aug 9 '12 at 11:12

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .