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One way to handle compilations on the iPhone/iPod touch iOS devices
The preferences for the iPod program on the iPhone/iPod touch does currently have an option to hide compilations from the Artist's view. If your artist list is also filled with these entries, and you're annoyed by that, the first thing to do is probably to tell Apple about it.

As a temporary work around, create a Smart Playlist that contains only compilation tracks -- simply set Compilation to is true in the Smart Playlist setup. Next, select all tracks in this Smart Playlist, open the Info dialog (Command-I), go to the Sorting tab, and enter a special character (e.g. . or #) into the Sort Artist field. After synching, all compilation tracks appear at the end of the artist list (of course, in both iTunes and on the iPhone/iPod touch).

I got this tip from a post from "discostevie" in this thread on the Apple Discussions site.
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One way to handle compilations on the iPhone/iPod touch
Authored by: soundsgoodtome on Apr 14, '09 08:38:19AM
Did you intend to write, "...does not currently have..."?

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One way to handle compilations on the iPhone/iPod touch
Authored by: magir on Apr 14, '09 12:04:43PM

Yes, you're right - sorry! AFAIK I can't edit my post afterwards and asking the editor(s) might be too complicated.



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One way to handle compilations on the iPhone/iPod touch
Authored by: hypert on Apr 14, '09 09:42:34AM

I set the Album Artist for a compilation (say, the soundtrack to Once) to "zzz (Once)", forcing it to sort to the bottom of my normal iTunes Library view (sorted as "Album by Year"). This still allows me to have a (track) Artist and even a (track) Sort Artist.

I haven't looked what that does on my iPod Touch though...



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One way to handle compilations on the iPhone/iPod touch
Authored by: magir on Jul 18, '09 08:22:32AM

iPhone OS 3.0 somehow disabled this "feature". As it seems, further fine tuning will come with 3.1.

Nonetheless if you still want to use this feature on your iPhone, starting with OS 3.0 you have to use "normal" literals (A-Z 0-9), I've been using 0 so far, which results in putting Compilations at the end of the Artist list, which is exactly what I want.



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