A server on our home network has over 100GB of mp3s in various states of disrepair. How can we organize them, get rid of duplicates, losslessly normalize volume, name and tag them, and prepare them for streaming?
A chunk of these mp3s were burned directly from CD, but the majority were not. They were acquired as collections, albums, and single songs. Half of them have no ID3 tags, and some aren't even named properly.
Here are our major concerns: How do we get them all named correctly in a timely and efficient manner?
What is the best way to organize them, especially when we have some CDs that are "Best of" an artist, but have the artist's other albums with the same songs, and those songs are also part of compilations, and similar situations? Is it even possible to get rid of duplicates in this sort of situation? Especially when we have a lot of Electronic Dance Music, but would like to keep different mixes of the same song...
Where does musicbrainz, as mentioned in this thread
, fit in? (Or is that even the best option here?)
How can we normalize the volume for the whole collection without losing quality?
What is the best platform for storing and streaming these files? They are currently on a Windows XP machine that I want to reformat with Ubuntu or Kubuntu.
I have searched the past questions, and most people have some sort of organization already for their collections, or aren't facing the same issues.
Oh, finally, what is the best way to create and organize two different collections for an iPhone and a 60GB iPod? Currently the music is on two different PCs running iTunes for two different collections (yay, more duplication!). Is there a better program than iTunes out there for this? Is there a good way to select songs for the devices without either copying xGB of data to other machines, or going through the tedious process of hand-selecting about 8000 out of 26000+ songs in a library?
Thank you in advance!