Uncluttering your digital music collection

Reader Bridget graciously sent us the following links to online articles discussing ways to unclutter your iTunes and digital music libraries:

If you know of other great articles on this topic, please leave a link or information on how to track down the article in the comments’ section. We are always looking to share ways to organize digital music collections.

18 Comments for “Uncluttering your digital music collection”

  1. posted by Music » Uncluttering your digital music collection on

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  2. posted by Neil Barnwell on

    One tip I have to listen to new music and avoid annoying repeats when on the otherwise wonderful “Party Shuffle” is this:

    1) Create a smart playlist called “Least Played” that simply has a filter of “Playcount < x”, where x is the maximum playcount of any track in your list.

    2) Goto Party Shuffle.

    3) Select “Least Played” from the source dropdown at the bottom of iTunes.

    4) Start playing!

  3. posted by Kathleen on

    I think the excellent MusicBrainz software also needs to be mentioned, especially for those that download a lot of music. One of my pet hates is incorrectly tagged (ID3) files and MusicBrainz automates the process of cleaning up the metadata for your music.
    http://musicbrainz.org/

  4. posted by SpiKe on

    I sort my music library by hand unfortunately. I’ve never trusted my media players not to mess up my tags or rename files in a way I don’t like, so I have each full album in a different folder and download the album covers off Amazon. Looking at some of those links, I think it’s time to move out of the past and start thinking about getting more out of my music library though :)

    I’ve never really explored other options but for what it’s worth, if you want to do your tags by hand, I use gracenote search to get album details

    Spike
    Organize IT

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  6. posted by Jack on

    Great, now I have a clutter of articles on decluttering…

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  10. posted by Carm on

    How about this article by Maria Gracia of Get Organized Now:
    http://getorganizednow.typepad.....-my-d.html

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  12. posted by Ornery's Wife on

    Thanks for this post. I am new to the iTunes/iPod world, and have been frustrated by my lack of knowledge. My CD library is fairly large, and so far all I have done is download from there, albeit not even much of that as of yet. This will help a lot. Now if I could just find the opportunity to make the play lists!
    TM

  13. posted by Smiler on

    I use mp3tag http://www.mp3tag.de/en/. I drag the folder into said program and from there I can search many websites including amazon, discogs, allmusic guide. after all the tags are downloaded I use the custom tools you can make to add a leading zero to the track numbers change the filename then move them to a folder structure like so c:/mp3s/%artist%/%album%. after you’ve read through the forum and the help files you should be able to find something that suites your needs. tag&rename is also very good if mp3tag is a bit too much. Smiler

  14. posted by Bobik on

    Could anyone point me to an article NOT involving iTunes? I stay away from Apple bloatware as much as I can.

  15. posted by billz0rz on

    way to kill the thread, h8ter bitch

  16. posted by Will on

    My favorite technique for doing this in iTunes is to tag any new songs coming in with a 1-star rating, especially when it’s a CD I don’t know if I’ll like, or if it’s a large quantity of (purchased) music coming in at once. Then, as I’m listening to the music, if there’s a song that I like or feel I should keep, I change the rating to either a real rating, or back to no stars.

    Then, I simply create a smart playlist looking for songs that have a rating of one star and a play count higher than three, and go through and delete those songs periodically. My thought is that if there’s a song that I don’t really like enough to keep after three plays, I shouldn’t have it anyways, and this just automates the process.

  17. posted by georgianna on

    I recycle and save myself money by using the empty CD, DVD display boxes from Costco. They are already the right width and I adjust the lenth. Then I insert them in my cabinet. When I want a CD I pull out the carton a little bit and pick what I want.

  18. posted by Bobik on

    @billz0rz – 01/02/2008

    Here is another one for you:

    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/03/apple-adds-still-more-drm-ipod-shuffle

    “iLounge sums up what this means for consumers:

    This is, in short, a nightmare scenario for long-time iPod fans: are we entering a world in which Apple controls and taxes literally every piece of the iPod purchase from headphones to chargers, jacking up their prices, forcing customers to re-purchase things they already own, while making only marginal improvements in their functionality? It’s a shame, and one that consumers should feel empowered to fight.”

    Means that if you do not want to pay too much for everything, stay away from Apple.

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