"Artist Sort renders this item nearly useless"2.0 starson by dan_034
Pros: I bought the iPod because it interfaces with the Lexus and allows steering wheel and dash control of the unit. This works well and makes the iPod the coice for Lexus owners.
Cons: Sort by artist lists every artist and combination of artists on every album in your collection rather than "Album Artist". I have almost 10,000 artists in my collection according to iPod making it nearly unusable.
Summary: I own both Zune and iPod music players and find the Zune sort far superior to the iPod. I?ve searched everywhere on the internet to find a resolution to this with no luck. The best anyone has offered is to tag Sound Tracks and such as ?Compilations? which removes them entirely from the artist sort. In order to clean up your collection this way you would need to tag virtually all albums that have guest stars or where individual songs give credit to artists in different ways (Tom Petty, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, etc). I?ve also seen people recommend that you edit the tags to give all songs on an album the same artist name but this causes you to lose the actual artist information. Why can?t Apple just fix the software? iTunes works well and they have even added fields for ?Sort Artist? and ?Sort Album Artist? but unfortunately the iPod doesn?t use them to sort. The Zune works great for sorting. Anyone considering an iPod Classic should seriously consider the Zune instead.