Organizing music on a computer
September 5, 2005 6:32 AM Subscribe
How do you organize your music on your computer?
posted by Who_Am_I to computers & internet (31 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Shortly after I started digitizing my music, I ran into this problem of how to sort it so that it can be easily navigated. On one hard drive I have a folder for music, inside that is a folder for each artist, and inside that a folder for each album by that artist. Soundtracks are in the "Soundtrack" folder and random compilations (like Best of the 80's or whatever) are in a "Miscellaneous" folder. For mixes by DJs there is a folder for that DJ as if they were the artist.
But when it comes to ID3 tagging, this system sort of falls apart because there is only one "artist" field. A DJ mix by John Digweed for example will have about 14 tracks, all by different artists, but obviously I want to be able to find this album by looking for "John Digweed." What I have been doing for years is to use the "genre" field to hold the artist that I want the album associated with (so [DJ mix] Global Underground 19 has a genre of "Digweed, John" and Eat a Peach has a genre of "Allman Brothers Band").
The old Real Jukebox had an option to sort by genre->album, WinAmp3 had this same option, and Foobar2000 lets you sort by directory structure (which is by far the best solution I have found). But this whole system is obviously a kludge, and most media players don't seem to have these optioins, so what gives? How do you tag and sort your music so that you can find it in your media player of choice?