How to Organize Your Music

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  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Fivethirtyeight.com featured a discussion of how people organize their book collection, with strong opinions on all sides. That prompted me to ask G-T-ers:

    How do (or did) you organize your music collection - CDs, records, etc... ?

    I don't have a physical collection anymore, but when I did, I put all pop music together, alphabetical by artist, then chronologically within each artist. Compliations and soundtracks were separate, alphabetically. Classical was separate, alphabetically by composer; same thing with comedy.



    How about you?
     
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  2. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    54
    Oct 18, 2015
    Germany
    I always had my vinyl- and cd-collection sorted alphabetically until my wife relocated all my stuff in our house several times...:eek::(
     
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  3. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I git rid of my CDs years ago, but to play along, I grouped them by musical styles.
    Stereotype the heck out of'm, Funk, rock, blues, country, metal, and place the crossovers in between.
    I ordered them by colour once as a joke... meh.
     
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  4. lp_bruce

    lp_bruce Gretschie

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    Apr 28, 2019
    Metro Detroit
    My CD collection is organized alphabetically by band, and chronologically for each band.
     
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  5. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I used to have my vinyl arranged my genre, but it’s easier to find stuff with everything together in alphabetical order.
    My massive movie collection is arranged by genre.
    My book collection is a mess.
     
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  6. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    Massachusetts
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    All of the CDs in this photo are on the tiny USB Drive that is to the left of the Mozart Box Set. Folders by artist, alphabetical. The USB Drive is plugged into my car. The same set of files is also on my phone and PC.
     
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  7. lp_bruce

    lp_bruce Gretschie

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    Apr 28, 2019
    Metro Detroit
    Which is normally how I listen to music. All of my music is on my PC and backed up to a portable hard drive. I have a USB in my car with most of my music on it. I still listen to CDs sometimes at home--it really depends on what I'm doing, what room I'm in, etc.
     
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  8. KuKuKu

    KuKuKu Gretschie

    415
    Aug 28, 2016
    Germany
    I separate the Rockabilly records from the Swing records and arrange the artists according to importance to the genre (to me). My books are organized according to the nationality of the author and within that alphabetically.
     
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  9. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Age:
    70
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Organized?!?! Yeah, right.

    Closest that I come to organized is that the classical is in one pile, the jazz in another, and the rock and country that I most listen to is in an old book type CD case. Even then, I still listen a lot to the yootoob.

    Movies are on shelves somewhat divided by genre.
     
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  10. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Ultimate record collection organizing scene from the ultimate music obsessive movie.

     
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  11. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    Massachusetts
    I have all of the CDs saved but I don't know why....
     
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  12. lp_bruce

    lp_bruce Gretschie

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    Apr 28, 2019
    Metro Detroit
    When I buy music, I generally by the CD and then rip the music to my computer (and various drives). If nothing else, my CDs are backups to my digital music. I also like to have something physical and I like having the cover, liner notes, etc.
     
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  13. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    Massachusetts
    That's what I do also. Kind of reminds me of an old friend who liked analog and vinyl, he would play the vinyl record once and tape it, then preserve the record. I like the fact that I can instruct my Subaru by voice to play song, artist or album.
     
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  14. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

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    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    I've got about 1000 albums, roughly equal mix of vinyl and CD. Except for the classical stuff, which I keep separate, it's alphabetical by recording artist regardless of genre.

    The classical stuff is difficult, because a lot of classical records feature music by more than one composer. so while it's almost alphabetical by composer, not all of it is. Sometimes you just have to know where it is!
     
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  15. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    PNW
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  16. Scott Fraser

    Scott Fraser Country Gent

    Jan 14, 2012
    Los Angeles
    The same. With categories for rock, classical, jazz, folk/world/ethnic, & experimental/avantgarde/ambient. Arranged by artist, chronologically for each artist.
     
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  17. dougmon

    dougmon Gretschie

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    Jan 9, 2013
    California
    I think the CD is probably the best backup copy you could have. I've ripped all of my cds to a hard drive, but I keep them on hand in case one of my other backups fails.
     
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  18. Cassotto

    Cassotto Gretschie

    Age:
    46
    365
    Jun 16, 2019
    Spain
    Classical music is stored separately, by alphabetical order (though I never know what to do with those very common CDs with works from different composers, as I don't feel comfortable sorting them out by interpreter). The rest of the CDs are sorted alphabetically by group / singer, and then chronologically. I don't have many vinyl records. Well, I have, but they are mostly from only three different singers / groups (the Beatles, Roy Orbison and Bobby Darin), so those are sorted each in different boxes, by country in alphabetical order, and then chronologically within each country. Books are all over the place in the order I get and read them, and I usually know, more or less, where to look for the one I want to find. At least the room they are in.
     
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  19. Cassotto

    Cassotto Gretschie

    Age:
    46
    365
    Jun 16, 2019
    Spain
    They always said that CDs would fail after a certain number of years, so I always considered the mp3 to be the backup copy. But no CD of mine has given any problem (except for some CD-Rs which I cannot listen to in old hifi systems, though they work OK in newer ones).
     
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  20. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Age:
    64
    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    Artist from A to Z, no consideration for genre or era.
     
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