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I'm running Windows Media Player 12 on Windows 7 Home Premium.

I was listening to an Ian Brown album which I didn't have artwork for so I right clicked and selected "Update album details" and it proceeded to split the tracks up into 3 separate albums. Yet all 3 new albums still have the same album title.

Does anybody know how to fix this error to get all 12 tracks back into 1 album again?

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This issue could, as njd says, be related to undisplayed characters. However I've found issues with conflicting album artists and album covers to cause things like this (particularly why I don't use WMP anymore).

To fix this is simple: just drag the album cover onto another to merge them. Any conflicting details will be fixed and they will appear under the same album.

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Just a note, if you have an album with different artists on it and you drag and drop it will change the artist to whoever you dropped it on. – user183513 Dec 30 '12 at 18:03
oh that's good to note, but is that for Artist or Album Artist? – jay Dec 31 '12 at 4:16
Sometimes this still won't merge them, if you don't have the same file type for every track. In this case you should be able to drag them together again, and you'll get a prompt asking if you want to disable albums from being separated by file type. – Adam Goodwin Aug 11 '15 at 10:45

The details update probably gave some (specific) detail about some of the tracks, but not the others. Probably something like "Year" or "Composer" that you wouldn't see on the file view. You need to edit (some of) the tracks so that WMP knows that they are from the same album.

Unfortunately, it seems that WMP has removed it's advanced tag editor in version 12. I can't find it anywhere at least. If jay's drag and drop method doesn't work (maybe that is for album name only), and if you can't find a built-in tag editor (or maybe a plug in?) then you'll need a third party option. I used Mediamonkey for this purpose and stuck with it as my main audio player. It has a very strong and easy to use tag editor, and an auto-tag feature which should avoid these WMP issues.

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Yes, apparently the tag editor has been removed in version 12, you can only edit what the player displays. – Carbonara Jan 22 '10 at 9:30

I've been having this problem but I found that if you go to 'Album' view and right click -'update album info' it will consolidate the album. Not sure if it always works or if it 'sticks'. We'll see...

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Thanks for all the suggestions. However, when I've gone into the player this morning to try some of them out the problem has automatically sorted itself out anyway and all the tracks are now listed under 1 album again.

Not sure what to make of this, maybe the player automatically checks for stuff like this or it's another bug or something. Oh well.

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It's a bug where if many tracks in an album are updated at once, it takes a while before it recognises that they all have the same new album name. – Locutus Nov 18 '13 at 9:08

If these solutions don't seem to work, don't forget:

Alt+T > "Apply media information changes"

Worked for me.

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