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Chapter 8. Maintaining Your Music Library > Reduce Genre Variations

Reduce Genre Variations

Another area where it pays to reduce the needless complexity of your iTunes Library is the Genre column. There is no universally accepted standard format for how genres are described; one set of songs might be listed as Hip-Hop, another as Hip-Hop/Rap, and another as rap,hip-hop,urban, depending entirely on who set the info tags in the songs in your library. If you're navigating your music by Genre, there's no way to know in advance which heading the music you want will be under. The best policy is to coalesce your genre variations into single, more all-encompassing categories.

From the Genre list, select an entry that you want to merge with another, more general entry. For instance, suppose that you have two albums under Alternative Rock and 15 under Alternative. You want to change the two wayward albums to fall in with the larger grouping so that they can all be reliably found in normal navigation, with a minimum of guesswork and blind hunting. Select Alternative Rock; then choose File, Get Info. Adjust the Genre field to read Alternative (you can select it from the drop-down menu or type until iTunes fills in the matching name for you). When you click OK, all the affected songs are updated, and the superfluous Genre entry disappears, with the albums and artists that were inside it now folded into the more general Alternative listing.


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