8 votes

Prepper-style music hoarding

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  1. JXM
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    I do something similar with my music. I have a Google Play Music subscription that I get for free with my YouTube Premium subscription. But I rarely use it. I basically use it to find new music....

    I do something similar with my music. I have a Google Play Music subscription that I get for free with my YouTube Premium subscription. But I rarely use it. I basically use it to find new music. If I find something I really like, I buy it and make sure I have a copy downloaded. That doesn’t happen too often, though. But over 20 years, I’ve built up my library of around 500 albums that I really love.

    But I think the author is way overthinking things. I keep everything organized locally on my Plex server. They’re still all just files but then I can easily access them on any device and even sync them locally so I don’t have to worry about not having a good signal. Just make sure they’re backed up somewhere else and then, presto, problem solved.

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    hungariantoast
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    Since I first read this article on Lobsters, I have been sitting on it, waiting to post it. Now seemed as good a time as any. I really dig this philosophy. I have slowly been rebuilding my music...

    Since I first read this article on Lobsters, I have been sitting on it, waiting to post it.

    Now seemed as good a time as any.

    I really dig this philosophy.

    I have slowly been rebuilding my music library. A long time ago I just used iTunes to play and organize all of my music, but that meant that, while in iTunes my music was very organized, the files on the disk were not.

    So, file by file, I have been going over my music library, re-listening to songs I have not heard in years, downloading better versions of them (like lossless files), and slowly organizing everything by hand.

    I thought about using software like Beets to help automate the process, and maybe in the future I will, but for now I still enjoy the tedium of combing through and organizing thousands of music files myself.

    It probably helps that my listening habits don't have me listening to new music very often, so I don't find myself diving into and organizing things every single day.

    I don't know, there's something about it, some sort of zen, that comes with sorting everything just right.

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    1. Akir
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      It may not give you the same sense of zen, but I'll recommend my personal obsessive music organization technique. First off, use MusicBrainz Picard. Picard can figure out what all of your songs...

      It may not give you the same sense of zen, but I'll recommend my personal obsessive music organization technique.

      First off, use MusicBrainz Picard. Picard can figure out what all of your songs are by analyzing the actual audio. If you're like me and always buy the album, you can make sure that everything's 110% correct by choosing the exact release of the album, which will also give you the correct album art (most of the time) and the media it was recorded from (CD, digital release, Cassette, etc.). Picard will make sure that all the metadata is correct inside your files.

      From there, I use foobar2000. It has a very powerful but easy to use file organizer that can easily structure your files exactly as you want. Or you can completely skip that if you like the program and it will keep an automatic database of everything for you. Even though it's Windows-only, I really like it because it's got some really great extensions; it's one of the few audio players that is actually capable of decoding HDCDs, especially when they are encoded in FLAC files.

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    2. skybrian
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      I just let iTunes organize my MP3's. It's a setting and I've had it set that way from the beginning. The directory structure isn't perfect but it's good enough for those few times I want to copy...

      I just let iTunes organize my MP3's. It's a setting and I've had it set that way from the beginning. The directory structure isn't perfect but it's good enough for those few times I want to copy the files somewhere else.

      But these days I'm pretty okay with losing track of music now and then if I happened not to download it. I have plenty of music already. It's not like it's the family photos or something like that.

      3 votes