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Okay I think I have Music Organization OCD, because everything has to be perfectly organized in my iTunes Library. But it's too much work so I'm wondering where I can buy songs for cheap with the correct titles and albums and artwork and all that. iTunes is way to expensive. I have an android phone so hopefully it can sync into there too.

post #2 of 50

try the cd store, it comes in a neatly presented jewel case, a disc, with the whole album, in the correct order. all the tracks listed, in the right order, the lyrics, and artwork.
Sorry, I hate organising digital music collections, I gave up on it about 2 years ago, Now I only listen to CDs, never looked back.  I love my CDs,

post #3 of 50

Why not buy CDs and rip them? All the info is correct when they're ripped. Every now and then you have to find album art yourself, but it works. 

 

That's what I do unless it's a download only release.

 

Also...iTunes is low quality, overpriced, and the DRM is horrible. Stop using their download service. The actual program is fine...

 

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try the cd store, it comes in a neatly presented jewel case, a disc, with the whole album, in the correct order. all the tracks listed, in the right order, the lyrics, and artwork.
Sorry, I hate organising digital music collections, I gave up on it about 2 years ago, Now I only listen to CDs, never looked back.  I love my CDs,

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post. The actual program is fine...

 

 

 

More like the Actual program is Free. I had many issues with it, I expect most of them have been fixed, I was using v7.6.1 or something stupid. I've had friends whos entire music collection has been deleted by itunes while 'updating' and it was deleted off the harddrive, that pissed him off royaly.

post #5 of 50

Anyone sane should have it backed up. No excuse of course, but hindsight and all that stuff.

 

It also depends on your OS. On Windows yes it can be a huge pain, but I've had no problem with it on my recent Mac purchases. I'm now using Audirvana Plus with the integration with iTunes and loving it. 

 

The interface is simple and effective but I do wish they'd improve Windows performance.

 

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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post. The actual program is fine...

 

 

 

More like the Actual program is Free. I had many issues with it, I expect most of them have been fixed, I was using v7.6.1 or something stupid. I've had friends whos entire music collection has been deleted by itunes while 'updating' and it was deleted off the harddrive, that pissed him off royaly.

 

 

 

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Also...iTunes is low quality, overpriced, and the DRM is horrible. Stop using their download service. The actual program is fine...

 

 

 

 

 

ITunes AACs are indistinguishable from cd for virtually all people in virtually all systems. And they haven't used DRM in years.

 

There is no silver bullet for perfect tagging. Just do it yourself while you listen to music. It doesnt take that much brain power.

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Picard might help.
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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

 

Also...iTunes is low quality, overpriced, and the DRM is horrible. Stop using their download service. The actual program is fine...

 

 

 

 

 

ITunes AACs are indistinguishable from cd for virtually all people in virtually all systems. And they haven't used DRM in years.

 

There is no silver bullet for perfect tagging. Just do it yourself while you listen to music. It doesnt take that much brain power.


Head-fiers aren't 'virtually all people'. While I agree that most people are fine with AAC I can easily tell the difference. There's plenty of us that can. They do still use DRM but it's not as horrible as it used to be.

Concerning tagging...It's not hard but it's extremely time consuming to have to redo tags if they get messed up. Even with my small 250gb library it can take hours or days depending on the damaged tags.
post #9 of 50

Itunes has been drm free since 2009: http://www.macworld.com/article/1137946/itunestore.html

 

Ill change my statement to 'virtually all head-fiers' cannot tell the difference either. I will readily agree that 'plenty' of people claim they can hear a difference.

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While I agree that most people are fine with AAC I can easily tell the difference. There's plenty of us that can.

Sigh… This forum really needs a rule for this kind of claims.
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They do still use DRM but it's not as horrible as it used to be.

Not with purchased music.
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My previous purchases were unaffected by the 'DRM freeing' so whether or not there is DRM now, anyone that made purchases before that date got (and can only redownload [at least last time I tried]) low bitrate (128 AAC) DRM ridden music. There's nothing to stop them from doing it again (especially with their supposed 'high quality' store hitting soon).

 

I know because I recently tried to redownload some of my purchases and that's what I got. Sounded awful and it was all deleted again. Reminded me why it left my library in the first place. 

 

Also, you can say there's no difference all you want but there is (to my ears and plenty of others). I will openly admit to not being able to hear the differences between 256 AAC and ALAC for some genres (mainly Electronic one. Trance, Dubstep, Drum n Bass, etc), but I can (and have) done blind tests with other music (like Jazz and Rock) and the difference is absolutely there. 

 

I try to be honest and trustworthy whenever I can around here because I know how frustrating it is when someone recommends something they haven't heard or claims 'night and day' with a friggin' cable. When I make a claim there is absolute personal experience behind it that I feel could easily be heard by others. So that bolded statement right there is completely unwarranted. 

 

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While I agree that most people are fine with AAC I can easily tell the difference. There's plenty of us that can.

Sigh… This forum really needs a rule for this kind of claims.
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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

They do still use DRM but it's not as horrible as it used to be.

Not with purchased music.

 

 

 


Edited by MorbidToaster - 4/21/12 at 7:33am
post #12 of 50
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My previous purchases were unaffected by the 'DRM freeing' so whether or not there is DRM now, anyone that made purchases before that date got (and can only redownload [at least last time I tried]) low bitrate (128 AAC) DRM ridden music. There's nothing to stop them from doing it again (especially with their supposed 'high quality' store hitting soon).

The point is that purchases made now are DRM free, and will remain DRM free. Once you've downloaded the file, it's yours, and it won't change. DRM just isn't a factor now.

10 years ago or so, some CDs came with DRM and couldn't be played on a computer (much less ripped). I didn't stop buying CDs, I just didn't buy CDs with DRM.
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So that bolded statement right there is completely unwarranted.

It's just impossible to have a sensible conversation about that sort of thing here, so I'll leave it at that. Newbies will believe whatever they want to believe.
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I'd love to take it to PM and keep it sensible (as I'm trying to now), but just dropping into a thread and calling someone a liar isn't a very smart thing to do unless you're ready for an argument. 

 

Especially when you refuse to discuss it further because you think it's futile. As I said before I try to be completely honest with my posts because I see to many 'night and day' claims around here that steer some in the wrong direction. 

 

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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

So that bolded statement right there is completely unwarranted.

It's just impossible to have a sensible conversation about that sort of thing here, so I'll leave it at that. Newbies will believe whatever they want to believe.

 

 

 

post #14 of 50

All of my music is purchased on CDs. 95% comes from Amazon, the rest from other retail internet sites, brick & mortor music stores and thrift shops. 98% of what I buy is used.

post #15 of 50

J&R Music World, Thrift shops, Amazon, freebies by the artists at blog sites etc.

 

 

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