V/a action


I'm just wondering if anyone can help me out with a problem i have.
I've just started using itunes and I want to use the coverflow view. Generally it works as intended but I get problems with a few compliations.

I have a compilation of 500 songs which are named as:

000_Artist Name - Song title.mp3

The tags are currently okay but I'm having issues with itunes showing 500 seperate songs rather than as 1 "album".

So I had thought of changing the 'Artist' tag to Various and the 'title' tag to Artist Name-Song Title

I tried to make an action using 'Replace' in the TITLE field and i entered
Original: %title%
Replace with %artist%-%title%

Which did nothing.

Would this be thebest way to solve my issue? and if so how would i do it?


You don't have to change your tags in that way, you can make itunes recognize the files as album:

In iTunes, select all files of the album, right click > "Get Info", set Compilation to Yes


yeah i tried that and it doesnt make any difference. As soon as i view by artist i get 500 seperate (but identical) artwork covers.

I seem to have fixed it though by setting "album artist" to "Various"

Edit: actually that hasnt worked either :frowning:


You are in luck my friend! :slight_smile:


Action: Format Value

Field: %title%

Format String: %artist% - %title%


(Right click on file selection)

Convert -> Tag - Filename

Format String:

VA - %title%

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Take care! :slight_smile:


Thats worked a treat! many thanks :smiley:

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