Why is Organizing Your Music Collection Important?
One of the key benefits of a music collection stored in one place is the ability to locate your music quickly and to play individual tracks, albums, or music types either sequentially or using shuffle mode. The key to this facility is properly ordered metadata.
If you get your music from CDs, iTunes, Amazon, then it will come with metadata describing the artist, genre, year of release and track number. This will help you organize your collection so that you can play individual tracks, albums, or music types either sequentially or using shuffle mode. For example, you may like to play all your tracks by one artist in shuffle mode or play sequentially through all your folk music, or just want to play an entire album in its original order, for which you need track number metadata.
Inevitably when you create a large library, the automated metadata is not perfect. In my library I found two particular problems:
- Artists being tagged with similar but not identical names eg Emerson Lake and Palmer; Emerson, Lake and Palmer; Emerson Lake & Palmer; Emerson, Lake & Palmer are four different artists to my music player software
- A proliferation of genres eg Folk, Folk-Rock, Folk/Rock, Folk-Pop
You will need to decide first which tags you want to use, and then edit the data manually to achieve the desired result. This can be achieved with either the editors built into your music player or using a specialist editor such as EasyTAG, an open source editor available for PC, Mac and Linux.