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software for organizing music collection ?

I have a few boxes of CDs waiting to be transferred to an external harddisk.

IŽd prefer to do the transfer via my iMac.
IŽd like to be able to be flexible in organizing my playlists, favorites etc.
IŽd like to be able to duplicate the harddisk.
I' d like the storage to be mobile.
And I'd like to use this as a source for a (yet to be purchased) wireless sound system like Sonos.

I do NOT want such software to interfere with my recordings via replacing my recordings.

Any hints or recommendations for a software meeting the above requirements ?
I did find this thread from 2009. Music Organising Software
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Old 26.02.2017, 20:13
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Re: software for organizing music collection ?

Have you heard of iTunes?
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I have a few boxes of CDs waiting to be transferred to an external harddisk.

IŽd prefer to do the transfer via my iMac.
IŽd like to be able to be flexible in organizing my playlists, favorites etc.
IŽd like to be able to duplicate the harddisk.
I' d like the storage to be mobile.
And I'd like to use this as a source for a (yet to be purchased) wireless sound system like Sonos.

I do NOT want such software to interfere with my recordings via replacing my recordings.

Any hints or recommendations for a software meeting the above requirements ?
I did find this thread from 2009. Music Organising Software
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Old 26.02.2017, 21:04
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Re: software for organizing music collection ?

iTunes would be the obvious choice for a mac user.

For what it's worth, I used to have a massive CD collection of around 35000 CDs stored on several hard drives.

Now I pay 11.99 CHF a month to google and I get unlimited access to just about any music, anywhere I go. I can download anything and keep it offline if I think internet access would be a problem.
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Have you heard of iTunes?
Good point. It actually sits on my desktop.
Looks like I was too subtle with these requirements:

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IŽd like to be able to be flexible in organizing my playlists, favorites etc.

I do NOT want such software to interfere with my recordings via replacing my recordings.
So let me rephrase my query: Any software which is not iTunes.

I am familiar with the streaming services.
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Re: software for organizing music collection ?

You can instruct iTunes to leave the source music files where they are and not copy them - then it really acts just as a basic music player and can be used to export music to your mobile devices (iPhone/iPad) as appropriate.

I have about 2TB of music on a NAS ripped from CDs / DVDs / BRs which is indexed in iTunes and works fine.

You can also look at Audivarna as a good alternative - playback quality is a little better than iTunes, it is not bloated like iTunes, I have it set up to access the same files as iTunes.
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I have a few boxes of CDs waiting to be transferred to an external harddisk.

IŽd prefer to do the transfer via my iMac.
IŽd like to be able to be flexible in organizing my playlists, favorites etc.
IŽd like to be able to duplicate the harddisk.
I' d like the storage to be mobile.
And I'd like to use this as a source for a (yet to be purchased) wireless sound system like Sonos.

I do NOT want such software to interfere with my recordings via replacing my recordings.

Any hints or recommendations for a software meeting the above requirements ?
I did find this thread from 2009. Music Organising Software
For storage, use a NAS. It can be connected to the internet, and be your own personal cloud of music.

Why do you want to duplicate the harddisk?
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Old 17.03.2017, 19:12
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Re: software for organizing music collection ?

You don't state why you want to duplicate the hard disk with the music on it, but assuming it is for back-up purposes, there are plenty of Mac apps for this including Super Duper, Carbon Copy Cloner and Chrono Sync - all of which I have used for many years.

Assuming you want a proper backup strategy, you should also consider off-site storage such as in the cloud - Back Blaze and Crash Plan both work well with Macs, but there are other options. Chrono Sync also allows you to back up to another location such as a friend or family member's PC.
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Old 17.03.2017, 20:02
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Why do you want to duplicate the harddisk?
Backup, I would presume.

I always keep at least four copies.

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Backup, I would presume.

I always keep at least four copies.

Tom
Good old quadraphonic! Nothing like it!
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Good old quadraphonic! Nothing like it!
Actually, if the music is in stereo then it would be 8 track.
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Re: software for organizing music collection ?

Is there an iTunes-like for windows?

I would prefer some opensource software like calibre for ebooks......
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Why do you want to duplicate the harddisk?
IŽd like to use the same collection in other locations. Independent of web access, so backup in the cloud doesnŽt help for that.
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Old 17.03.2017, 23:16
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Re: software for organizing music collection ?

EAC for ripping to FLAC.

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IŽd like to use the same collection in other locations. Independent of web access, so backup in the cloud doesnŽt help for that.
Why ? cloud access is usually cross platform.

What other devices ? might help if you tell us what these are.

Any other requirements you are holding back for the next round, or is that it now ? You really don't make this easy.
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Is there an iTunes-like for windows?

I would prefer some opensource software like calibre for ebooks......
Well there is iTunes for Windows, but even Apple no longer recommend or support it.

JRiver Media Center is often recommended for Windows - also works on Mac but I'm not a fan personally. Not open source though.

For open source, there's VLC, Miro and probably a 100+ more.
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Re: software for organizing music collection ?

This is only valid for Switzerland, but since you own all those CDs, you can legally download the mp3s via bittorrent on the site of your choice. Saves you a lot of mechanical effort.
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This is only valid for Switzerland, but since you own all those CDs, you can legally download the mp3s via bittorrent on the site of your choice. Saves you a lot of mechanical effort.
MP3 sucks, even at 320.

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MP3 sucks, even at 320.

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we're not all audiophiles, and youtube-dl doesn't negate bad original audio.
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Re: software for organizing music collection ?

Many thanks for your help and apologies if I am late in responding.

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Why ? cloud access is usually cross platform
Cloud access might be across platforms, but it still requires a stable internet access. There are several countries out there which
- do not have stable internet connections
- do not allow access to certain sites (youtube being one of them)
- keep restricting access to additional sites at their whim
Which is why I do not want to rely on internet access/streaming services.

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What other devices ? might help if you tell us what these are.
Not decided yet. I assume that most output devices can digest the most popular formats you throw at them. I am not an audiophile, though.

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Any other requirements you are holding back for the next round, or is that it now ? You really don't make this easy.
Sorry for that. I did not want to hold back any new requirements, but I did learn a lot from your and the other feedback in this thread. Many thanks for that. But sometimes such feedback triggers additional questions.

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For open source, there's VLC, Miro and probably a 100+ more.
Is there any site to search for these ?
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Is there any site to search for these ?
Google (or Duck Duck Go if you prefer).
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