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Windows 7: Copying Audio Track information in WMP 12

20 Jan 2015   #1
Bertison

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Copying Audio Track information in WMP 12

Hello all
Basically, as in Thread Title. I am in the process of copying all my CD's to my (2TB) NAS. As I am a 69 year old music lover with a wide taste, I have loads of music. I would like to copy track details, mostly titles, into a document and have a copy of all titles for comparison, to avoid duplicating. I intend to stream audio across the house, via my NAS.

I know that I can use the Snipping Tool to copy, but this is a long process needing large file resources. Does anyone know how I can copy the titles and paste into an Open Office document please?

All advice gratefully accepted.


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20 Jan 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Tell me more.

What file format are you using? Mp3? WAV? FLAC?

Do you want to create a catalog of all files you have ripped from your CDs and put them into an Excel or Word type file?

or

Do you want to simply have a way of examining a folder structure of hundreds or thousands of songs and identifying the duplicates?

For cataloging mp3s, I use Mp3 Utility, which produces a text file that I can open in Excel. Below is a sample of what that Excel file looks like. It creates a bunch of columns, most of which I don't need and have deleted.

For finding duplicates, I'd use Fast Duplicate File Finder. It scans a chosen folder and locates duplicates within your selected degree of accuracy. Below is a sample of its output. You can see it found a bunch of duplicates and you can delete either of the duplicates or do nothing.


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20 Jan 2015   #3
Bertison

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Hi ignatzatsonic & thanks for the response.
Answers to your questions:

* using WMA/WAV, not MP3. I just want the music "as is" on my NAS, to stream around the network as and when.

* I am in the process of ripping lots of music, first recording to my desktop, then to my NAS. Eventually I will want to catalogue the result, but I want to avoid duplicating as I rip, I already have a lot of albums and tracks on the NAS, so I would like to be able to copy the text that is in the titles already on the NAS, in order to check that and avoid duplication. I had not thought of using Excel, which is Calc in Open Office. I was going to try creating Tables in OO Writer.

* Fast Duplicate File Finder looks great, thanks for that, but I won't need it until I have completed the process of ripping all my music. Which will be a long process, because when I have finished the CD's, I have over 500 vinyl albums and about 250 '45 records. (remember them?)

* Recording all of that, and then using FDFF to find and delete duplicates, would be a very long process. I am trying to avoid that by spotting duplicates before I rip them.

I hope that makes sense; I just want to be able to copy the title text that is already on the NAS, into a document, say a Table in OO Writer. If I can set that up, it would be an ongoing process. I would then create a catalogue when it is all done.
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20 Jan 2015   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bertison View Post
Hi ignatzatsonic


* I am in the process of ripping lots of music, first recording to my desktop, then to my NAS. Eventually I will want to catalogue the result, but I want to avoid duplicating as I rip, I already have a lot of albums and tracks on the NAS, so I would like to be able to copy the text that is in the titles already on the NAS, in order to check that and avoid duplication.

* I have over 500 vinyl albums and about 250 '45 records. (remember them?)

* Recording all of that, and then using FDFF to find and delete duplicates, would be a very long process. I am trying to avoid that by spotting duplicates before I rip them.

I hope that makes sense; I just want to be able to copy the title text that is already on the NAS, into a document, say a Table in OO Writer. If I can set that up, it would be an ongoing process. I would then create a catalogue when it is all done.
Do I remember 45s? I've got about 20,000 of them in an adjacent bedroom, along with 2,000 78s (remember them) and 3,000 LPs.

See the picture below. It is a pic of portions of the output of a command I ran from a command prompt. I was in my D:\mp3 directory (which has a bunch of sub-directories) and ran this command:

dir /b /s > d:\test.txt

That created test.txt in the root of the D drive. The /s forces subdirectories to be included.

You should be able to create a similar file of your existing rips on the NAS by adapting the above command to fit your circumstances.

Other thoughts:

I don't know that I would necessarily try to avoid ripping duplicates. Why? Well, quality varies between pressings, re-issues, sources. One version may simply sound better and you'd want to keep only the best sounding version. The only way to tell is to rip both and compare with your ears after the rip. CDs typically avoid the ticks and pops of vinyl, but some CDs are mastered from bad sources, so are not a net improvement on vinyl.

Incidentally, I can point you to an excellent tick and pop removal tool for your vinyl stuff if interested.

But maybe you aren't necessarily interested in identifying and retaining the best sounding version of a particular recording. I am, so I am constantly doing comparisons and keeping only best copies.

What's your estimate of the total number of tracks? How many supposedly duplicates? 100 out of 10,000? Or 3,000 out of 10,000? If it's closer to the former (one percent), I probably just rip em all.

Give me some more feedback and maybe I can give more advice.


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