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04 12 13

Music libraries

Fuck it’s late and I have to get up early tomorrow. Family meetings man. Oh well, here’s a half-assed quality post for you anyway.

Let’s say you listen to music. You have a wide array of artist, genres you listen to, and your library’s getting pretty big. I’m talking thousands of songs big here. And especially when they start closing in on the tens of thousands, you want to make sure everything is neatly organized, or can easily be made to be so. Don’t want to spend five days looking for that song you don’t remember the name or artist of, now do you? That (among other reasons) is why I’m somewhat uptight about making sure all the metadata for my music library is correct, and even add custom tags to them.

I got over 35 smart playlists in the “Soundtracks” folder alone, and then there’s a bunch for stuff like songs of different ratings, songs I like but haven’t played in a while, tunes by people I need to keep an eye on, and so on and so forth. And as far as possible, every single song has correct metadata, usually as complete as possible. That includes track number, disc number, release year, you get the idea. I don’t go so far as to set the BPM for every song since those rarely get included, and setting them all manually would be a pain, but I go pretty far. Downloaded huge-ass soundtrack album a while back, turned out to be three separate albums, want back and manually fixed their data, track numbers and all.

It just feels great, having it all organized and neatly filled in like that. There’s a few missing songs, and a few items that don’t have anything associated with it, but as long as I keep those in my blind spot I can stay more or less sane. The ratings have been bugging me lately though. Mostly everything used to be in the 4-5 range, but I changed my rating method so that 3’s are more common as well. That does mean most older ratings are invalid though, and I still have a backlog of 1.7k songs that haven’t been rated at all yet. I really should take a day off and go through chunks of that, but the entire thing would take over four days to play.

This is getting a bit out of hand isn’t it?
~ Fang

Comments

  • 05/12/2013 (5:03 PM)

    I’m an organization freak like this as well, as my music collection is insane. Insane. Spanning multiple external HDDs insane. And I think it goes without saying that I do NOT have iTunes on my machine. I shudder at the thought of relying on that for organization.

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