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How To Categorize and Edit iTunes Song Info

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iTunes' Get Info Window for Editing Metadata

In most cases, songs copied from CD to iTunes will copy with all their metadata, information like artist, album, genre, and year. In some cases, though, this information either won't copy, or will be wrong and you'll want to change it.

To do that, you'll have to edit the song's metadata (in this case, also known as ID3 tags) using iTunes. Here's how.

Difficulty: Average
Time Required: A minute or two

Here's How:

  1. Open iTunes and highlight the song or songs you want to edit by clicking on it once. To highlight a group of songs, click the song at the top of the list you want to change, then hold down the Shift key and click the song at the bottom of the list. This will highlight all the songs in between.
  2. Once you have selected the song or songs you want to edit, do the following:

    • Go to the File menu
    • Select "Get Info" about halfway down the menu

    You can also use keyboard commands to open the Get Info window. On a Mac, click Command I. On a PC, click Control I.

    Right clicking (or holding down Control when clicking) pops up a menu that you can select Get Info from, too.

  3. This will pop up the Get Info window that lists all of the song's metadata. In this window, you can edit virtually any information about the song or songs (the actual fields you edit are the ID3 tags). The Summary tab, the first one displayed, shows the album art associated with the song or album, the track name and length, artist and album name, and various other information about the song.
  4. The Info tab is perhaps the most common place to edit iTunes song info. Here you can edit song name, artist, album, year, genre, and more.
  5. The Video tab is only used to edit videos in your iTunes library, not songs. Use the fields here to group episodes the same season of a TV show together.
  6. The Sorting fields determine how the song, artist, and album show up in your iTunes library when it's sorted by those criteria. The first column is the standard information about the song or album. If you want to have that song sort with other songs, enter different information in the right-hand column.

    For instance, a song might include a guest star in its Artist ID3 tag. This would make it appear in iTunes as separate from the album it's a part of. But, if you add the artist and album name to the Sort Artist and Sort Album fields, all the songs from the album will show up in the same album view without permanently changing the original ID3 tag.

  7. The Options tab lets use control the volume of the song, automatically apply an equalizer setting, give or edit a star rating, and determine the start and stop time of the song. Click the Skip when shuffling box to prevent the song from appearing in iTunes DJ or a shuffle playback.
  8. The Lyrics tab is where you can copy and paste in lyrics to the song, if you have them (though iTunes doesn't have a built-in lyrics tool, there are numerous sites on the web that provide this).
  9. The Artwork tabs shows the album art associated with the song. You can add new art by clicking the "Add" button and selecting image files on your hard drive. Alternatively, you can use iTunes' built-in album art fetching tool to add available art to all the songs and albums in your library.
  10. When you're done making the edits you want, click "OK" at the bottom of the window. If you want to edit the next song listed in your iTunes library, click the "Next" button.
  11. NOTE: If you're editing a group of songs, you'll only be able to make changes that apply to all the songs. For instance, you can change the name of the album or artist or the genre of a group of songs. You can't, however, select a group of songs and then try to change just one song name, because you're editing a group.
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