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October 05, 2001

music catalog software

So . . . I have many many CDs (i.e. more than a thousand). And I want to get them in a database. One that, ideally, I can search by song title and song length and all sorts of criteria. I've tried a couple of software packages, but I'm sure I'm missing many others. I want something that can use the CDDB to get data into the database, of course, to save on a lot of data entry time.

If the database would somehow interact with an mp3 player or CD burning software, that'd be even cooler, since I'm all about coming up with cool playlists and making mix CDs. Well, I hope to be. Ahem.

I'm looking for software for a PC, though I'm also interested in Mac or UNIX options, too, since I use those platforms at least occasionally (and may yet switch over to a Mac permanently).

Anyone have suggestions? What's worked for you? What software should I try? Thanks.

Posted by Laurel Krahn at 04:56 PM

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Why not just rip 'em all into MusicMatch or something like that? Hmm, OK, space and time, but it's gotta be faster than trying to manually enter them. Besides, you could be polishing that resume...

Posted by: Larry Sanderson at October 6, 2001 12:28 PM

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iTunes works really well for me on a Mac. There's a mode you can use to immediately eject the CD after identifying it, so you can catalog a bunch of CDs quickly, without ripping them. The browser doesn't have too many options, but for my taste, it's just enough. I'm sure there are comparable Windows products, although I've read some folks say they like iTunes a lot because it delivers a lot of function in a simple package.

Posted by: Pete Jansson at October 7, 2001 08:01 PM

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Another vote for iTunes here... you can export lists, filter by any portion of artist name or song title, etc. etc... I've bemoaned before that there seems to be no comparable package for Windows, though MusicMatch apparently comes closest.

Posted by: Steve B. at October 7, 2001 08:27 PM

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