iTunes 12.2 Changes Some Song Ratings to Album Ratings

A poster to Kirk’s iTunes Forum asked if anyone was seeing song ratings changed to album rating in iTunes 12.2. I hadn’t noticed it, but, when I checked my MacBook Pro, I saw that this was the case for many of my tracks.

You can rate both songs and albums in iTunes. Depending on what you rate, some of the rating stars become dark gray, and others light gray. If you rate a song, its rating stars are dark gray; if you rate an album, but not its songs, all the songs of the album get light gray stars.

Here’s how it looks. I really like Bob Dylan’s Time out of Mind, and there are a couple of songs on it that I rated 5 stars, the highest ratings. But if I look at it now, I see this:

Star ratings

I don’t rate albums, so any album rating in my library has to have been applied by iTunes. I see some albums where a couple of tracks show dark gray stars, and all the rest light gray stars; again, these must be albums where I’ve rated a few tracks.

The problem with this is that album ratings count the same as song ratings, if you’re creating smart playlists, for example, and display the same as song ratings in the iOS Music app.

You can fix this using Doug Adams’ Album Rating Reset AppleScript.

34 thoughts on “iTunes 12.2 Changes Some Song Ratings to Album Ratings

  1. I am having the same problem; it’s very annoying! I’ve submitted a ticket to Apple support, but considering this has been happening for several years I am not optimistic.

  2. I really do wonder whether the developers of iTunes use it themselves.

    this has messed up all my smart playlists which is how I listen to all my music.
    I don’t know anyone who has a use for album ratings and if you wanted to rate an entire album it was easily done manually.

    REALLY need a decent iTunes alternative.
    these fundamental issues and the dictatorial way which apple works is really going to start affecting its market share.
    having to spend way too much time correcting issues that have been imposed on us
    its become annoying using iTunes.

  3. The automatic ratings by iTunes have completely destroyed my ability to rate songs that I like. If I rate any song, soon iTunes turns the entire album and sometimes THE ENTIRE GENRE OF ALBUMS five stars solid. This is beyond insane. I love music and used to love iTunes because it allowed me to categorize my songs and play the ones I liked best. Automatic ratings make no sense because THEY ARE INDISCRIMINATE. THIS TURNS THE WHOLE PROCESS TO GARBAGE AND DESTROYS MY RATINGS WHICH TOOK ME MANY MONTHS TO CREATE. Why would programmers who find music of no interest mess up the experience of iTunes for people who really care about music? Is it just some kind of passive-aggessive attack on the users? IF YOU THINK THE SONGS ON AN ALBUM ARE ALL EQUALLY GOOD FOR EVERY ALBUM then you have no serious ear for music or enjoyment of music. This is a serious bug. Look at the sheer volume of well-reasoned complaints above about this nonsense. Do you even read the feedback from your customers?

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