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    Organizing music files

    I'm getting lost in my MP3s, halp!

    How do y'all organize your music files?
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    Root level by band/artist

    Next level by album

    Also a couple of MISC folders at the root level

    MP3tag is a free MP3 tagging software to edit the MP3 attributes. Do this so the playback device doesn't just show UNKNOWN/Track01, UNKNOWN/Track02, etc.
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    Folder hierarchy: Artist -> Album -> Track.

    Track filename = <track_number><space><track_title>.mp3. Single-digit track numbers are preceded with a zero.

    I make sure to tag all my tracks. I use a free Windoze app called "Mp3Tag." It's mostly useful to bulk tag tracks from a CD rip. It's a bit cumbersome to use but it does a pretty good job of finding info online including album art. Some music player apps let you tag tracks from within the app.

    edit: Glad to see someone else uses Mp3tag.
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    First thing that came up when I Googled this morning was a video on tagging with MusicBrainz Picard, just haven't had time to look into it yet.

    https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

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    [email protected] 4:28, the song is really named [untitled] ????

    Picard needs to re-code this software.
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    My cassette box from 1985 seems to work well.
    The only important thing these days, is rhythm and melody. Rhythm...and melody.

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    CDs in alphabetical order, got the Everything app to search my 5 hard drives.

    What are MP3s?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    What are MP3s?
    A format that allows you to carry around about 40,000 songs on a thing the size of a postage stamp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    A format that allows you to carry around about 40,000 songs on a thing the size of a postage stamp.
    I’m glad that ridiculously cumbersome thing didn’t catch on. I organize my 8-tracks by weight class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    A format that allows you to carry around about 40,000 songs on a thing the size of a postage stamp.
    And sound like crap? Yep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    And sound like crap? Yep.
    I think people use "mp3" as a catch-all for digital music files.

    There are "lossless" formats, not that my ears would know the difference.
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    I find that high bitrate Mp3 files sound really nice, and since my hi-fi system is of modest quality, I doubt it would make a difference to my ears if the files were lossless anyway.

    But I'm someone that thought when they first came out (and continue to think) that CD's sound better than vinyl, so my opinion is suspect anyway.

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    I find 320 Kbps MP3s to be not all that terrible. Definitely not the same as listening to vinyl on your $10,000 home system, but for the convenience factor, they sound "good enough" for me.

    And for mobile tunes, pretty much the only feasible option, unless you want to go old-skool Walkman® with a huge device to have to strap on. And then still have to carry a big ole box of CDs or cassettes if you want any sort of variety.
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    I prefer to buy music uncompressed (CD). I only rip to 192 kbps MP3, though -- I don't have any audio equipment (including what's left of what I was born with) where a higher bit rate would make a difference.

    I should probably buy a big-ass hard drive and rip all my CDs to WAV files as backup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    I prefer to buy music uncompressed (CD). I only rip to 192 kbps MP3, though -- I don't have any audio equipment (including what's left of what I was born with) where a higher bit rate would make a difference.

    I should probably buy a big-ass hard drive and rip all my CDs to WAV files as backup.
    This is what I do (except for the MP3 ripping). Keep your eye peeled on Costco- they usually have huge portable HDs for really cheap.
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    Thanks fellas, I look at Mp3tag.

    I don't mind whatever MP3 files I've been listening to from U-Toob videos, I'm always exploring new music, and I need to listen to something for a while before I know for sure if it's something I'd consider buying a higher quality version of.
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    I make the wife do it.

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