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Sort by album and artist or year in iTunes 7 Apps
Here's a nice feature in iTunes 7.0 -- click on the Album column to sort by album (as you would expect), then click again to sort by 'Album by Artist' and again for 'Album by Year.' Definitely a nice sorting option for those like me who like to play whole albums at a time, but want to keep artists together.
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Sort by album and artist or year in iTunes 7
Authored by: greck on Sep 13, '06 08:12:52AM

Wow, thanks for mentioning that... iTunes is now officially perfect.



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Sort by album and artist or year in iTunes 7
Authored by: pilgrim on Sep 13, '06 08:42:17AM

I just tried this out, and I noticed something interesting: under Sort by Album and Year, iTunes disregards the year as set on the file itself.

I've set dates on tracks individually in the case of compilations with material from different years, and iTunes stacks those tracks by the *date of release of the album* - which suggests to me that iTunes is phoning home, despite the Store being disabled in my install.

- unless there is some other explanation?



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Sort by album and artist or year in iTunes 7
Authored by: kirkmc on Sep 13, '06 09:43:37AM

It must have retrieved this info when checking for album art. Very cool - however, it's not very reliable. For many albums it is the original release date, for others a re-release date. For some of my Grateful Dead, it is the performance date...

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Sort by album and artist or year in iTunes 7
Authored by: adrianm on Sep 13, '06 10:03:00AM

I can't make any sense out of the Album by Year.. The date column shows no such sorting at all.

Even if I restrict my view to iTM^HS purchased songs, it still makes no sense.



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Sort by album and artist or year in iTunes 7
Authored by: tallest on Sep 13, '06 11:23:07AM

"Album" seems to sort by the album name,
"Album by Artist" sorts by artist then album name,
"Album by Year" sorts by artist then year of the album

... I think.



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Sort by album and artist or year in iTunes 7
Authored by: adrianm on Sep 14, '06 12:09:44AM

Could be. But where does it get the album date from?

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Sort by album and artist or year in iTunes 7
Authored by: chancer on Sep 13, '06 02:20:06PM

"Album by Year" is kind of misleading. It's actually sorted by Artist first, Year second, so you get all Bob Dylan albums in chronological order before you get, say, all of Fats Waller's albums in chronological order.



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Sort by album and artist or year in iTunes 7
Authored by: hugomallinson on Sep 15, '06 01:49:47AM

Is this broken for anyone else? When I sort my New Order albums by "Album by Year" I get one from 1995, then 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1989, and finally 2003. If I sort by just Year though, it works fine. What gives? Is it getting these dates from somewhere other than the ID3 tags?



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Sort by album and artist or year in iTunes 7
Authored by: aaronrp on Sep 13, '06 01:18:31PM

How is this different than just clicking on artist? I don't get it.



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Sort by album and artist or year in iTunes 7
Authored by: chancer on Sep 13, '06 02:24:37PM

If you click on Artist, it's sorted first alphabetically by artist, then alphabetically by album.

If you do Album by Artist, it sorts first alphabetically by artist, then CHRONOLOGICALLY by album. Kinda nice.



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Sort by album and artist or year in iTunes 7
Authored by: enderai on Sep 13, '06 02:28:16PM

The difference is that with "album by artist," compilation albums stick together, rather than having them split up by artist (when ordered by artist).



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Sort by album and artist or year in iTunes 7
Authored by: JimAkin on Sep 13, '06 01:27:33PM

Great feature and great Hint!

Note that sort order determines the order in which Coverflow displays album art; using "Album by Artist" mimics the "classic"Coverflow order.

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Sort by album and artist or year in iTunes 7
Authored by: steresi on Sep 13, '06 01:44:05PM

I sort my library by Genre... it looks like even if I click the Artist column a couple times to change it to "Album by Year," if I then click the Genre column, it no longer sorts the albums any differently than it used to. This new feature becomes useless, for no good reason!

What I've always wanted is to have my entire music library sorted this way:

* Sort by genre
* Within genre, sort by artist
* Within artist sort albums/tracks by year

I guess we're getting slightly closer. Maybe iTunes 8 or 9 will do this. GRRR!

(I also would like disclosure triangles to hide artists which take up too much space in my library of 12,000 songs.)

Scott



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Sort by album and artist or year in iTunes 7
Authored by: diniscorreia on Sep 14, '06 11:26:16AM

I have wanted this feauture for some time, but it's a tremendous UI mistake.
Usually I click the 'Album' column to sort it in reverse - now I can click on it to change it *and* I have to click that little arrow to reverse it....



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Sort by album and artist or year in iTunes 7
Authored by: morespace54 on Sep 14, '06 11:43:06AM

Agree...



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Sort by album and artist or year in iTunes 7
Authored by: iwasnevy on Jan 13, '07 09:09:30PM

THANK YOU THANK YOU!
Do you know how long I've been wanting to do this and never knew this feature existed? Awesome!
Now if only it wouldn't jump the playlist to the current playing track when the next song comes on...



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