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How do you organize your music files?

post #1 of 32
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I've neglected keeping my 300GB music collection organized. And now, I am clueless as how to do this. Long story short, I've got three external HD's. One is FAT, one is NTFS, and the other HFS (Mac). I'd like to move everything to a new HFS formatted HD. Problem is the NTFS crashes whenever I try to move any group of files over 2GB. Times like these I wish I bought the Macbook Pro with the Firewire 800. Is there a easier way for me to do this? A software app?

Also, how do you store your music? Specifically, how would you store, say a FLAC rip that you also have in lossy format? Do you put the FLAC file in the Artist folder, or do you have a separate FLAC folder. If you put the FLAC folder in the artist folder, you won't know it's there until you open the artist folder. And since iTunes won't play FLAC, keeping the FLAC folder separate seems like the way to go.

And one more, is there a software package out there that finds duplicates and DELETE's the lower bitrate file? I know I am asking for alot, but you never know.

Sorry so long.
post #2 of 32
iTunes, duh.
post #3 of 32
Thread Starter 
Does iTunes find duplicates and automatically delete them based on criteria you enter? Please show me how? Does iTunes transfer my music library for me to a new HD? Please show me how?
post #4 of 32
NTFS formatted drive (never crashed when moving 50++GB of folders around). Lossless copies on external harddrive. Lossy copies on my notebook (limited space).

eg. /Lossless Stuff/Camera Obscura/Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi/01 - I Don't Do Crowds.flac

Use MediaMonkey for sorting out tags, playback and transferring content to DAP. Bad experience with iTunes - won't touch it again.
post #5 of 32
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Does iTunes find duplicates and automatically delete them based on criteria you enter? Please show me how? Does iTunes transfer my music library for me to a new HD? Please show me how?
How to Remove Duplicates From Your iTunes Library

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post #7 of 32
god dont use itunes

no matter how stupid you are i promise you are still smarter than it is

and if you want to use flac and itunes wont play it, then dont use itunes. itunes is evil and the people who wrote it should be shot.
post #8 of 32
I first organize it in a folder structure, like this:
/Codec/Artist/Album/Tracknumber. Song name.file_ending

Then add to iTunes, which I use to search/browse/play/... my music. Works like a treat!
post #9 of 32
my music/artist/(year)-album/codec/track number - title
that way albums sort by year, tracks by track number

tho most is just mp3 [laptop only, i have no pc]

i use tag and rename to organise tags and file names using the amazon database

i hate itunes too, misses out album art, sometimes whole songs, i find it a hard to read interface, cover flow works well on iphone, but not on normal screen, i like the grid layout of WMP 11
post #10 of 32
I have all my music in one directory with artist/album format with the jpg cover art titled cover.jpg in each folder. Mutliple disc releases get an extra folder called Disc I, Disc II etc.

Within this Music directory I have a directory called FLAC, which holds all my lossless content. Here I use artist-album for most of the stuff and arist/album for my favourite artists of whom I have multiple albums in lossless format. I also have a seperate folder for Mofi releases within this flac folder and another one called Demo Discs which has various audiophile demo cd's.

When I have both mp3 and lossless versions of the same album, I put the mp3 version of the album outside of the root Music folder in another folder called MP3. This prevents duplicates in the library and also helps me to quickly find mp3 for my portables. I have another folder outside of the root Music folder called FLAC rips which has mp3's of all the FLAC folders I have.

All this on a 500gb WD external drive, which I back up to another 500gb drive manually every other month or so. When I get new music I copy it over with the correct folder structure and let foobar handle media refresh automatically.
post #11 of 32
While ITunes has its own idiosyncrasies, it has some nice features, and views.

I used to struggle with organizing my library (10,000+ songs) and then found Tuneup by a company up in the bay area. Its an add on to ITunes and automatically edits all the meta data of each song, including the album artwork. By far the best tool I have found to date, for duplicates I still just use the “show duplicates” in Itunes and delete the redundancy…

TuneUp - Your Music Collection's New Best Friend
post #12 of 32
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Originally Posted by krmathis View Post
I first organize it in a folder structure, like this:
/Codec/Artist/Album/Tracknumber. Song name.file_ending

Then add to iTunes, which I use to search/browse/play/... my music. Works like a treat!
I like your style, now for featuring artists do you put them in the track title, or in the artists? I like artists but only in iTunes. My file structure, is music\Artist-Album\tracks, its not that organized outside of iTunes. It just organizes everything so neatly, if you have proper tags.
post #13 of 32
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I like your style, now for featuring artists do you put them in the track title, or in the artists? I like artists but only in iTunes. My file structure, is music\Artist-Album\tracks, its not that organized outside of iTunes. It just organizes everything so neatly, if you have proper tags.
Featuring artists end up in the file name. Something like this:
/Codec/Artist (album)/Album/Tracknumber. Featuring_artist - Song_name.file_ending

Or by album title straight under /Codec/, if there are no general album artist
post #14 of 32
I just use folders in Windows.
post #15 of 32
I do it by hand.
%artist% - %album% (%year%).
Doing it by hand is the only way to do it.
Oh that and i have a pile of Cds across my wall
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