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Chapter 8. Maintaining Your Music Library > Set Accurate Track and Disc Numbers

Set Accurate Track and Disc Numbers

When browsing music in the Library view, it's often most useful to sort the songs based on the Album column. Doing so ensures not only that tracks are grouped together by the proper albums they come from, but that they're secondarily sorted according to their track numbers within the albums. With this organization, you can easily play an album all the way through by simply selecting it from the Album list and clicking Play; the tracks play in their original album order.

This behavior is true, however, only if the Track Number field is properly set in each of the songs. This field can take one of two forms: a single number, or a two-part number that also includes the total number of tracks on the disc (such as 7 of 12). To ensure that the tracks are sorted properly, as well as to be able to set up Smart Playlists and other kinds of groupings based on the appropriate contents of these fields, it's important that each track have both its individual track number and the total number of tracks on the album set properly.


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