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Capitalization for Song Titles

This will undoubtedly seem seriously geeky, but here goes: a page detailed capitalization rules for song titles:

  1. The first and last words are always capitalized, and all except the words listed below are capitalized.

  2. These are lower-case, unless they are the first word or last word.
    • articles: a, an, the
    • conjunctions: and, but, or, nor
    • prepositions that are less than five letters long: at, by for, from, in, into, of, off, on, onto, out, over, to, up, with
    • as (only if it is followed by a noun)


The lack of consistency in Gracenote's CDDB database (used by iTunes for CD information) can be frustrating at times -- it's as if most people have never heard of these guidelines. This makes for a good deal of work when ripping CDs.

Apple could help address this problem by first checking to see if they have a CD in the iTunes Music Store, and if so, using their titles and other extended information, which aren't always perfect, but which are nearly always in better shape than CDDB.


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as an old copyeditor-nerd myself, I wish there were CSS styles for headline-style on song-title style capitalization. I write all my headlines in my blogs now using Sentence capitalization with the dream that I can one day apply headline-style capitalization just as easily as you can do all lowercase or all caps now.

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