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post Jan 2 2013, 06:44
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I don't believe this effects many people, but always feel stuck when trying to grow my music collection because I cannot seem to find an organization scheme that I love. I'm probably a bit OCD, but I figure there have to be some other people similarly inclined on HA.

Anyway I have a number of problem areas but I'll try one question from 3 different categories to start:

1. Holiday Music: in general I want to exclude it from playback and searches except when I explicitly only want to search for it. Not sure the best way to achieve this.
2. Single Directory or Separate Folders: I find that most programs deal better with separate directories for each album, but that means 2 full directory structures 1 for Lossless and 1 for Lossy, otherwise I get 2 copies of each song
3. Same song different artist, different song same title: is there any good solution for identifying when a song truly is the exact same song tackled by different artists vs totally different songs with the same title?

My setup in brief:
- FLAC for lossless, AAC for lossy
- Squeezebox for home playback
- iphone/ipod for mobile


Sorry if this in in the wrong section, and doubly sorry if these have been answered before; I didn't find much with my searches.
Not directly related to my questions but there is an interesting (and inactive) thread about tag standardization for foobar plugins here.


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DVDdoug
post Jan 2 2013, 21:02
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The good news is, it doesn't matter how your files are physcally organized because your player software can use the tags to find/organize your music by genre, artist, album, song, etc.

I've done something similar to you... I have a big folder titled "Rock and Popular" that contains most of my music. Then, I have separate folders for "special" genres like, Christmas, Haloween, Comedy, Mexican, and a few others.

Then, I have a folder for each artist, and a sub-folder for each album (and "singles" folder if I have singles by an artist.)

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3. Same song different artist, different song same title: is there any good solution for identifying when a song truly is the exact same song tackled by different artists vs totally different songs with the same title?
My with my Artist/Album structure, the identical-duplicate song would be in a different album (or single) folder.

I use Winamp as my player software, and when I sort by song titile, I'll also see the artist & album name. And I can also see the playing time, so that's a good clue if it's the exact same version by the same artist, or a different version by the same artist. For live recordings, I use a include "live" in the title, such as "Song Title (Live)", so I can tell it's the live version.

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