Friday, 5 November 2004

Cataloguing my music

An idle long-term project of mine is to properly catalogue my MP3s - making sure the album name is right, that sort of thing - especially tough since a lot were burnt from vinyl, and the attribution was quite spotty. You would think find the info is easy with the Internet, but there's a lot of bad info out there. Also, I'm picky: I like my MP3s to reflect the albums the songs were first released on. (Winamp has a media library that helps with attribution, but more often than not it just finds a random compilation instead of the original album.) So I should say that I've found two sites invaluable:
  • Rolling Stone's website, which has proper attribution of release dates, making it easy to distinguish greatest-hits collections from the original albums. It also has all the Rolling Stone reviews, including Lester Bangs' work. Great stuff.
  • Discogs.com, which is really, really spectacular when it comes to dance music vinyl - it separates out the various 12" / CD single versions and even gives label info. Amazing when you're trying to pin down where your particular remix came from.
There was a time when All Music Guide would've worked for me, but it's become awfully slow and doesn't work on Firefox. Sigh.




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