[mythtv-users] Moderately OT...How do you organize your music?

Jelle De Loecker skerit at kipdola.com
Thu Feb 5 16:45:56 UTC 2009

James Oltman schreef:
> As the subject states, I'm interested in how you, the myth community, 
> organize your music collection.  The reason for this is that I'm 
> having an issue with MythMusic.  I have removed all entries in the 
> database regarding my music collection and rescanned.  After the scan, 
> at the bottom of the library list, I see many songs titled as:
> mythtv ~ music
> It's something like that.  I'm at work right now and don't remember 
> perfectly.  The songs do have vaild tags, but MythMusic isn't 
> detecting them correctly.  Anyway, that got me thinking about music 
> organization.  Currently, I've just got a music folder and all my 
> music is currently under that.  There are no folders or anything.  
> What sucks about my system is that I have a song that is by the same 
> artist but on two different CDs.  The song is different on each CD, 
> but I only have one version of it.  I've been thinking of doing a big 
> music re-organization (cuz I just have THAT much free time) and I 
> wanted to know the best way to do it.  Do you have a music folder, 
> then under that folders by artist name, then album name?  In the album 
> folder, do you name the songs "track# - title"?  What about songs 
> where you don't know the artist's name?  What about CDs that have 
> various artists like the "Now That's What I Call Music" series?  Or 
> something like the "Ministry of Sound" CDs that are put out by them, 
> but have different artists on different songs?  What about 
> soundtracks?  What I like about my flat system, is that I can browse 
> directly to a name and find all songs right there without having to 
> remember a specific title.  If I went that route, I'd have to traverse 
> many folders just to find a specific song.  Is that just something you 
> deal with?  Is there a better way?  I wonder if I go the folder route, 
> if MythMusic will still give me the above error.  Any/all opinions are 
> welcome.
> Jim
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This is my tree for a regular album:
 "Artist or Band Name" / "Year - Album" / ("Optional CD Nr"/)  "Track 
Nr. Artist Name - Song Title.extension"

Loose songs:
 "Singles" / "Year" / "Year.Week Nr"/ "Artist Name - Song Title.extension"

I've been using this scheme for years, works great for me.

I never need to browse the actual files, btw, always use good old Amarok 
1.4 (or any other music player with a library)
I don't really use MythMusic, in my opinion it's not really useful for 
big collections.

Jelle De Loecker

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