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Windows 7: Can you recomend the best way to organize my audio collection?

13 Jan 2012   #11
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoloDman View Post
can you tell me a bit more about Jaangle? Any reason to use it with iPod?
Jaangle is a PC program, for accessing and playing music stored on your PC, on your PC. It's not related to the needs of a portable music player, iPod or J3 or anything else.

If you're going to have a physical/mechanical collection external to the PC (i.e stored in the iPod, as well as on your PC) and you're going to use an external player (i.e. an iPod dock) to play music, then you don't have a pressing need for a PC-based equivalent. Jaangle and other PC-based programs (including Windows Media Player, for example) are obviously for use when you're sitting at your computer and you want to play music using the PC itself.

The larger your collection gets, the larger are the needs to be able to find something, or look through things, or sample tracks, or decide to play THAT ARTIST, or THAT ALBUM, or THAT PREVIOUSLY BUILT PLAYLIST, etc. If you want to or can do that through your iPod in its dock, well then fine. But if you want to do it while sitting at your computer and using your computer's sound system, that's something else.


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13 Jan 2012   #12
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

All of the above idea's are very good, for me i have 500+ gigs of music so i keep mine on a dedicate HDD (internal). I also have WMP and ITunes look for music in My Music on C: not where i keep all my music, that way they are not always indexing my whole collection, that way i choose what folders i want to listen too. When i'm done listening to that folder just remove the folder from WMP or ITunes and your done.
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13 Jan 2012   #13
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

RoloDman:

Here are a few applications you may need along the way, with a brief description. All are free downloads.

mp3gain: Adjusts volume of songs so they all play at about the same volume, so you aren't constantly fiddling with the volume control.

mp3tag: one of many applications designed to read and edit "tags". Tags are part of mp3 files and include info such as artist, title, bitrate, track number, album name, etc. Sooner or later, you will need to examine your tags. They control what is displayed on your playback device and are often incorrect---so you will want to change them. It is also VERY useful in naming mp3s.

mp3utility: handy little application that will catalog your songs and also examine them for errors that might affect playback. I just finished using it. It can catalog over 10,000 songs per hour, showing all kinds of info about each mp3. The error-checking is not foolproof, but it often finds glitches or synchronization errors that may cause a song to play poorly or not at all. In my experience, maybe 5 mp3s per thousand are defective in some way and need to be replaced.

As far as organization goes, it's all personal preference. I nearly always listen in "shuffle" mode from my entire library and just keep track of songs on my hard drive through genre/artist directories like this:

D:\mp3\country\Johnny Cash - I Got Stripes.mp3

D:\mp3\blues\Muddy Waters - I Got My Mojo Workin'.mp3

And so forth. I play directly from my PC to a home stereo system, using a wired connection.
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13 Jan 2012   #14
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I use CDex for ripping the discs, and Mp3tag for tag-editing and inserting album art into the actual files. How you name them and arrange them on your external will be completely up to you.
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13 Jan 2012   #15
ssri

Windows 7 Professional 64bit / Arch Linux x86_64
 
 

I have about ~100k tracks and have a directory structure.

Nota bene: If you run your collection through a music/media manager and it is well-tagged, then you really don't need a directory structure. The one I use came from the days of listening to my music through winamp.

Anyways, here's my general organization scheme (X:\ = external drive):


X: \Genre\Artist - Album (Year)\Track#. Title.<ext>

Now....
for compilations: X:\Genre\VA - Album (Year)\Track#. Artist - Title.<ext>

for soundtracks: X:\Soundtrack\Album (Year)\Track#. Artist - Title.<ext>

for classical: X:\Classical\Composer - Album (Lead Soloist, Orchestra: Conductor) (Year)\Track#. Title.<ext>

for artists with more than three albums: X:\Genre\Artist - Albums\(Year) Album\Track#. Title.<ext>

I use mediamonkey 3.2.x to handle this collection, easily the fastest player for larger collections; for smaller collections I use foobar2000. The downside to mediamonkey is that you need to pay to unlock its potential. I paid several years ago when they had a promotional sale, so I got it on the cheap. I cannot say that it is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but after trying out many windows and linux players out there, it does what I want my player to do.

Also, you must download mp3tag, probably the most powerful tagger out there, as among the easiest too.

I use exact audio copy to rip my CDs and either flac or lame mp3 (V0) depending on the rarity or affection I have for the album.

Be careful though if you have an ipod touch or iphone running iOS 5.x, as only CopyTrans is the only iTunes alternative that can sync your devices. Mediamonkey versions 3 and 4 and Foobar2000 can only sync with devices running iOS 4.x.

Musicbee is recent free music player and it looks pretty nice.
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14 Jan 2012   #16
RoloDman

7 Ultimate 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

thank you to everyone for all this great info
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