Albums: partial or full?

When entering individual songs do you always list the Album that it came from? I've noticed that if you have one or two tracks from an album when you browse albums on ipod you can have hundreds of albums but in essence they are not full albums - just a track or two from that particular album. How do you distisinguish indivdual songs from an album from the entire album when it comes to browsing on ipod?

by Alvy on May 26, 04 | 8:00 am


I set the Album title for these "singles" to ZS. I picked that name because it looks kind of neat, and it should show up at the bottom of any list.

This has a couple of advantages over leaving the album name blank. First, if you browse to Artist to find a single, and the album title is blank, it will only show in the All list. Second, if you browse Genre > Albums > ZS, you can hear all of the singles that you have in that genre.

by thenightfly42 on May 26, 04 | 2:27 pm

I rarely have entire albums on my iPod. Since most of my selections come from the many smart playlists showcased here, I find that I almost always have partials on the 'pod.

It doesn't bother me.

by dfbills on May 26, 04 | 9:38 pm

I ususally rip entire albums (just 'cos i like the neat and tidyness, and so far i'm not pushed for space on my 'pod). But, when i have an assorted album of many songs all by different artists, i just rip the songs that i want, leaving the others behind. This causes lots of random songs floating around my library as they are all under different album names. To fix this, i set the first 20 or so songs' album name to 'Mixed 1', the next 20 or so to 'Mixed 2' and so on. This tidies up your library and folders of song files.
Also, i now use my 3 or so 'Mixed' albums as a sort of 'league table'....songs i like more are in 'Mixed 1', down to songs i dont like as much in 'Mixed 3'. May seem complicated, but works for me...


by liam™ on May 29, 04 | 3:10 pm

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