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    Show us your Digital Music Collection - System

    A few days ago i questioned myself while updating my music-collection how other "Music-Lovers" arrange their stuff.
    Iīm quite a nerd if i compare myself to others, because i painstakingly need everything well arranged and looking good.

    Music plays a big part in my life and thatīs the reason it gets so much attention from me :-)


    Here iīll show you how i manage my music:

    This is the "MP3" section - i just named it MP3 because it contains only MP3īs, Singles, EPīs, Albums, everything in my Music Database. (It includes not only Trance)

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    Here we have the Albums Section, in here iīll find all Albums i own arranged in a bigger grid with bigger Cover-Arts:
    Every Album i own is stored in FLAC and MP3 CBR-320 seperated in 2 different Folder Directories (CD_EDM, CD_EDM_MP3)
    Although i prefer and download from AmazonMP3 "VBR -0" encoded files i store my albums in "CBR-320" - it would save me a huge amount of space storing only the data i need as VBR does perfectly, but i decided to store it with a constant bitrate - just to get that feel that i have the discs "solid" and complete in FLAC as in MP3 with the highest quality available for the lossless and lossy storing.

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    Then we have my Favourite Albums Section (Magik, ISOS and Sunlounger Series)
    I made them separated Menus because i like it clean and in any of this Menus i get detailed Infos and a bigger Cover-Art. I put very much time in tagging and finding the best cover art image quality, the cover art gives music a face i think ;-)

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    Finally we have the "Other Styles" menu, here i store all Albums that are not direct EDM-Related, the formatting is the same as in every other menu:
    I rarely listen to them i must admit but i bought them once and so they are in my collection.

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    The Folder-structure containing the files is kept clean and minimal, every folder contains sub-folders with CD1 and CD2 (if available) or just the File in itīs root directory:
    Everything needs to be perfectly named and tagged and the file-names are created of the earlier, accurate tagged tracks.
    The structure in the MP3 Root folder is the same, they are not that clean organized but thatīs something iīll correct in the next time (dupes like "Yahel & Eyal Barkan" or "Yahel & Liya" are there and i think i create a seperate folder for each artist where all of their tracks go into)

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    Iīm curious how you store your music and i hope you like a little insight into my collection-system!


    Greetings,
    Phael

    "Here's the thing, kid: We don't get to choose how we start in this life.
    Real 'greatness' is what you do with the hand you're dealt."

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    Cool thread. I still have to organize my music. I'll share a screencap of what i have later.
    Old Skool Trance FTW!!!

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    Nice post, will add mine...
    I have 3.2Tb of MP3's at 192K or better (most are V0 or 320). I only collect albums
    Split across 2x2TB drives (Drive1 is Pop/Rock etc, Drive2 is Metal and Electronica)
    Organised by Genre\Artist - Album
    All have covertart at 500x500 minimum and I embed each MP3 with the coverart
    Once tagging is completed, all files are set to Read-only and are duplicated on 2x2Tb Drives that are stored offsite.


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    That Read-Only Mode is neat!
    Thanks for the info - never thought of that, but could save my "life" someday

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    My digital music storage is a complete mess.
    I've been meaning to organize it a lot better for years but never took the time to do it properly.

    Maybe this year I'll finally get it done...hopefully...at some point...

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    My recommendation for tools to tidy yr collection...
    I use Tagscanner (http://www.xdlab.ru/en/) for the actual tagging, Then Automatic Cover Tool (http://sourceforge.net/projects/act-mp3/) to grab missing cover art, Bulk Rename Utility (http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk) to rename coverart to Folder.jpg and finally MP3Tag (http://www.mp3tag.de/en/) to replace the CovertArt into MP3 Tags (it deletes the existing and replaces with your folder.jpg)
    I've then written a script to grab coverart from Google Images for anything that ACT doesn't get.
    I can tag about 30GB an hour using this method

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