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How to Fix Apple Music Splitting Albums

Posted to Apple Music News & Tips by Laurence Bradley on January 20, 2021

Summary

Sometimes, when you open iTunes or Music app on computer, iPhone or iPad, you may find that the songs should be in an album are split in 2 albums with same or similar artwork. What causes Apple Music to split an album into 2 albums? How to fix the problem of Apple Music splitting albums and sort all the songs into an album? In this article, we will introduce the reasons and solutions, as well as introduce Apple Music Converter which can also resolve this problem by editing music information of Apple Music songs and converting to MP3/M4A with same album information.

What Causes Apple Music to Split an Album into 2 Albums

The Apple Music songs and albums downloaded in iTunes/Music library are sorted in albums. This is convenient for users to view and manage the songs. However, sometimes, you may find that the songs that should be sorted in same album are split into 2 separated or more albums, which brings inconvenience instead. You may wonder what causes Apple Music to split an album into 2 albums? In fact, there are mainly 3 reasons.

  • There are different versions of same album, such as standard version and deluxe version
  • The ID3 tags including album, artist or album artist are different
  • The translation of foreign names including artists and albums

When you open the detailed page of an Apple Music album and scroll down to the bottom of the song list, you can easily find one or more albums under "Other versions" label. Take Taylor Swift's standard "1989" album as example, the standard version includes 13 songs and you can find "1989 (Deluxe Edition)" includes 19 songs, "Taylor Swift 1989: Karaoke" includes 13 songs of karaoke versions, and "1989 (Big Machine Radio Release Special)" includes 26 songs.

different versions of Taylor Swift 1989 album

Different ID3 tags also cause problems of Apple Music splitting albums. For example, the compilation album includes songs by various artists and the ID3 tags like artist, album or album artist may be different. If you enjoy some songs in other languages, the genre may be in English or in other language. Sometimes, translation also causes the problem, for example, the name of foreign artists or foreign songs may be in its native language or may be translated into English.

2 Ways to Fix the Problem of Apple Music Splitting Albums

There are mainly two ways to fix the problem of "Apple Music splitting albums".

If the album is compilation, you can right-click the album, click "Album Info" and you will be asked "Are you sure you want to edit information for multiple items", click "Edit items" button, and details tab will be displayed. You can uncheck "Album is a compilation of songs by various artists" and click OK to apply. If it doesn't help to fix your problem, you can use same steps, then check this option and click OK to apply. Sometimes, the problem can be resolved by this small trick.

The other way is to edit the ID3 tags including album, artist or album artist and make their tags same. First, choose one album of the splitting albums, check and its ID3 tags, then choose another album and edit the ID3 tags based on the first album. You may need to edit one or more ID3 tags from album, artist or album artist. After editing, the songs should be sorted in an album.

Edit album information

Apple Music Converter: The Third Solution to the Problem of Apple Music Splitting Albums

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter is used to convert Apple Music songs added/downloaded to iTunes or Music app, to commonly used audio formats like MP3, M4A, WAV, AIFF, etc. It can keep all ID3 tags of the songs and allows you to edit the ID3 tags of the songs before conversion. With Apple Music Converter, you can convert Apple Music splitting albums to MP3 or M4A with same album, artist or album artist. Let's check its wonderful features.

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter

  • Convert Apple Music songs to MP3, M4A, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, AC3, etc.
  • Keep ID3 tags like song title, album, artist, genre, track number, artwork, etc.
  • Losslessly convert 256kbps Apple Music AAC to 256kbps M4A or 320kbps MP3
  • Edit song title, album, artist, album artist, genre, artwork with built-in tag editor
  • Rename output songs in bulk by title, album, artist, track number, hyphen, space, etc.
  • Sort output files into folders by album, artist or artist/album
  • 16X faster speed for Windows & macOS 10.12.6 or below, 1X for macOS 10.13 or later
  • Fully compatible with latest Windows, macOS, iTunes or Music app

The free trial version of Apple Music Converter can convert 3 minutes of each song. If you want to resolve the problem of "Apple Music splitting albums" and convert them to MP3 or M4A for more inconvenience, you can download the free trial version to have a try first.

How to Convert Apple Music Songs to MP3/M4A and Make them Sorted into Same Album

Apple Music Converter is very easy-to-use and intuitive, you can convert the splitting albums to MP3/M4A with same album information with only a few clicks.

Step 1: Launch TuneMobie Apple Music Converter

Launch Apple Music Converter, iTunes or Music app (on macOS 10.15 Catalina or later) will be loaded automatically. iTunes library will be listed as playlists in the left panel. Please do not operate or close iTunes or Music app before the conversion is done.

Apple Music Converter

Step 2: Choose Splitting Albums

Click Music in the left panel and tick the checkboxes of the songs in splitting albums. Or you can search the standard album name in built-in search box, then splitting albums and the songs in the splitting albums will be displayed as result.

Step 3: Choose MP3 or M4A Output Format

Apple Music Converter provides MP3, M4A, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, AC3, etc. as output formats. However, only MP3 or M4A output format allows you to edit ID3 tags. So you need to choose one of them. If necessary, you can choose output audio quality in profile list.

Choose Output Format

Step 4: Edit Tags in Metadata Tab

Click a song in the splitting album, then click Metadata tab in the bottom, and you will be able to edit song title, album, artist, album artist and genre. If necessary, you can also change the artwork.

Edit Metadata

Step 5: Start Apple Music Conversion

Click Convert button to start conversion, after conversion, click "Open Output File" button to locate output MP3/M4A files.

Converting Apple Music

Now all the Apple Music songs in splitting albums have been converted to MP3 or M4A with same album information. We recommend you delete Apple Music splitting albums in iTunes or Music app before adding the output files to music library to avoid duplicated songs. Of course, you can also edit Apple Music album information in iTunes or Music app to fix the problem first, and then convert the songs in the album to MP3 or M4A.

If you encountered the problem of Apple Music splitting albums, we hope this article can be helpful. If you want to enjoy your favorite Apple Music albums on iPod, Walkman, or MP3 player without limitation, then do not hesitate to download Apple Music Converter to have a try first.

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