What’s more frustrating than eating with rubber cutlery?

iTunes songs messed up

I've been having this strange argument lately. There's four of us: iTunes, my iPhone, the music I have in a personal collection and me. The crux of the argument centres around how we all seem to have different views for how the music should show up on my iPhone when I transfer it from my PC via iTunes.

Are you having the same, or similar problem? Are your iTunes song names wrong or messed up? Maybe your song titles are showing as genre instead of actual title? Or maybe songs in the same album are separated when on your iPhone but look fine in iTunes?

I've documented some of the problems I have below. Some problems have solutions some don't. Feel free to let me know if you have solved any of the problems better than me, more elegantly or even just have an answer for the ones that I am stumped on.

iPhone songs showing as genre, not title

The problem arises because of a tag option added in iTunes 12.5 called Work. The work tag (also known as work name) is meant to be used for tagging classical music. There are a couple of other tags too. Movement (movement number) and Name (movement name). As far as I can tell, these two tags are not part of the problem.

Here's what the songs look like on my PC:

Here's what they look like in iTunes:

Here's what they look like on my iPhone:

How to solve this problem

Thanks to the a user called AndrewSwift on the Apple Communities, I managed to find a solution. I'm including it below with screenshots.

Connect your phone to your PC.

Select the device in the top menu.

Select Music On My Device.

Find the album with the songs that isn't working. Select all the songs and then right click and choose Get Info.

Check or tick the option to Use work and movement. Delete anything that is in the work tag box. In my example this would be rock.

After deleting the work value, click OK

iTunes automatically updates the song info on the iPhone, and hooray, this is what it looks like. Problem solved!

Songs are grouped by albums, er, they're not

Another frustrating issue is how the music player randomly decides to ungroup the music from the album and list each song separately. This problem is defined in a few ways: Songs in the same album are separated on iPhone. The album is split on my iPhone but not in iTunes. iOS music app is splitting albums.

This is what happens.

How to solve this problem

All out of luck.

It's 2018, WTF!?

More than 30 years of using digital music

You know, it's 2018 and I find it hard to believe that getting music easily and simply on to my iPhone is still an issue. I have a long history with digital music. The company I used to work for in 1998 sold the Rio PMP300. The Rio was one of the first portable consumer MP3 players, and the first commercially successful one. The process of getting music on to the Rio was perhaps more arduous but at least it worked consistently. All told, this process of getting my own music on to my phone is more frustrating than trying to eat using rubber cutlery.

Featured image hi-res desktop wallpaper

iPhone X music notes wallpaper

The featured image is available as a high resolution 1920x1080 desktop wallpaper.


About Wizard

'Intshebe' (beard). Proud earthling. Coach. Facilitator. Speaker. Entrepreneur. Photography. Web. Tech. Enneagram #5. Opinionated. Spiritual. No ego zone. Shape of Emotion. 5th Place. Making the world a better place. We adult here.

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.