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I'm in the process of uploading my music to Google Music and I've noticed that a few of my albums have been split into two parts.

At first I thought it was because I'd got the tagging wrong and managed to get a few tracks with the wrong album name or artist. Double checking the files on my computer shows that all is OK there.

The only thing left is the number of tracks. These are either double albums I've merged into a single folder so I can play the whole thing at once or albums with bonus tracks so that the track count reaches 20 or so.

The only thing I can think of is that there is a limit on the number of tracks per album and when you exceed that limit it splits the album into two.

I've just had a thought - it could be that the Google is looking at the original track listing and treating the tracks from the original/first CD as one album and the bonus tracks/second CD as another.

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Make sure that they both have the same "Album Artist". Google Music creates a different album for every album artist, even if it was an empty string. – Raghd Hamzeh Apr 17 '13 at 16:52
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No, there is no limit, but Albums may end up split or joined based on information in the Track Info and Album Info.

Here is an example of multiple albums merged into one: Multiple albums merged into one If you note, there are 52 tracks in the album and there are also a number of duplicate track numbers, as well as multiple artists.

This can be further explained by looking at the Album Info: Album Info Here we see some key elements empty:

  • Artist
  • Album Artist
  • Tracks

Though these are not required they can help group the tracks. Which, if we look at a few of the Track Info panels:

Track Info 1 Track Info 2 Track Info 3

We see the missing info cause a common pattern linking separate albums into one. Adding an Album Artists can quickly change my issue, but since you are looking to merge albums/collections removing elements from the track info (that would help ensure proper grouping of tracks) should give you the results you are looking for.

But I'd recommend using the "Playlist" feature, that Google provides, to get better results for groups and minimize future confusions should you decide to share your tracks.

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I'll double check those albums to see if there's anything like this going on. – ChrisF Apr 19 '13 at 15:51

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