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I just put together shelves sufficient to hold my music CDs, which have been in a jumble on a closet floor since I moved. So now I'm ready to put them up.

I was gonna organize them alphabetically by artist, then chronologically within an artist category (so Nick Cave's Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! would be ahead of Push the Sky Away).

This seems obvious.

But I wondered if the hive mind of Chit-Chat land had any better ideas...

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I wondered if the hive mind of Chit-Chat land had any better ideas...
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Thunkd wrote:
wifwendell wrote:
I wondered if the hive mind of Chit-Chat land had any better ideas...
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I wondered if the hive mind of Chit-Chat land had any better ideas...
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Ahhh, I remember CDs. Man, they were cool. I think mine are in a drawer somewhere, where I never have to look at them again. That's my recommendation.
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For your existing CDs, just start grabbing them randomly and assigning sequential numbers to them. As you do this, enter all the pertinent data (artist, title, genre, list of tracks, etc) into a database, using that number as an "index". When you've entered the data, put it on the shelf in numerical order. (Each new CD will be assigned the next number in the sequence, and have its data entered as well).

Now when you need to find something, you can search your database by artist, genre, song title, release date, or whatever strikes your fancy when you've got a hankerin' for some music. You'll get out a serial number (or numbers), and be able to instantly lay hands on whichever CD is called for!

And why limit this to CDs? You could do up your vinyl collection in the same way, maybe starting that number sequence with "R", whereas the CD numbers might start with "C". So if (for instance) you're looking for that old Miles Davis tune "So What", you'll be directed to "R00042" and "C00127", which are your vinyl and CD copies (respectively) of the album "Kind of Blue". You go to either the 42nd record or the 127th CD, and there it is!

Anyways, you get the idea.

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wifwendell wrote:
I was gonna organize them alphabetically by artist, then chronologically within an artist category (so Nick Cave's Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! would be ahead of Push the Sky Away).

This seems obvious.

But I wondered if the hive mind of Chit-Chat land had any better ideas...

I organize alphabetically by artist, then by title. Saves squinting to read the recording or the copyright date.
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I do alphabetic and then by release date.

My problem comes with bands that are a single person and a band, or a dual name where one is equal to the other:

Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers-- Under "R", or "M"?
Lady Gaga-- under "L" or "G"?

And numbers, spelled numbers, or letters first?

10,000 Maniacs, under "1" and before "A", or under "T"?
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MABBY wrote:
I do alphabetic and then by release date.

My problem comes with bands that are a single person and a band, or a dual name where one is equal to the other:

Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers-- Under "R", or "M"?
Lady Gaga-- under "L" or "G"?

And numbers, spelled numbers, or letters first?

10,000 Maniacs, under "1" and before "A", or under "T"?
"J" for "Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers."
"L" for "Lady Gaga"
"1" (before "A") for 10,000 Maniacs

The whole sort by last name thing breaks down for a lot of bands, where it is kind of arbitrary whether you look at their name as a person's name or not. Like Jethro Tull - there was nobody named that in the band, so while they are named after a real person, the band name is not a person's name no it must be under "J". Just sorting each musician by the first letter of whatever they go by makes things easier and consistent. (But, strip out "The", "A", or "An" if it's the first but not only word in the band name. It's annoying to do this but otherwise the "T" section gets way too big.)
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wifwendell wrote:
I wondered if the hive mind of Chit-Chat land had any better ideas...
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I'll see your MP3s and raise you Spotify.
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MABBY wrote:
I do alphabetic and then by release date.

My problem comes with bands that are a single person and a band, or a dual name where one is equal to the other:
Professional librarian chiming in here:

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Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers-- Under "R", or "M"?
R. The Modern Lovers are his backup band, he's the primary artist, and individuals are indexed by their last names.

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Lady Gaga-- under "L" or "G"?
L. Even though she's an individual, "Lady Gaga" is just a performing name. There's a band called Harvey Milk, named in honor of the real person, but that's a band name, not an individual name, so they go under H.

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And numbers, spelled numbers, or letters first?

10,000 Maniacs, under "1" and before "A", or under "T"?
1. I always put numbers before letters, but I've seen some systems place them after Z. Either one works, but whether or not you want to put 10,0000 Maniacs before or after 24/7 Spyz, though, depends on if you index using decimals or whole numbers.
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Mine are in my computer, not sure how they got there or why they want to stay, but the CDs went to a thrift store many years ago.
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People still own CDs?
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alphabetically by the first track of each album.
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Genre > Alphabetical > Release Date
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People still own CDs?
Damn right we do.
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I organize alphabetic by artist, and then release date.

Soundtracks and scores are a hangup for me.

I still haven't decided what to do with them.

All soundtracks together somewhere, all scores together somewhere else?
Organize them all by film title?
Organize the scores by composer?

Making it trickier is the lack of convention. So one CD might say "Music from the motion picture ___" and another might say "soundtrack___".
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Also I file individual artists by forename rather than surname, so under B for Bob, rather than D for Dylan.
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Thunkd wrote:
wifwendell wrote:
I wondered if the hive mind of Chit-Chat land had any better ideas...
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I'll see your MP3s and raise you Spotify.
I like seeing artist get their money.
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matthean wrote:
Ryinth wrote:
Thunkd wrote:
wifwendell wrote:
I wondered if the hive mind of Chit-Chat land had any better ideas...
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I'll see your MP3s and raise you Spotify.
I like seeing artist get their money.
And that's an issue, but streaming isn't going to go away - though getting plays on a streaming service is still better than listening to a copy uploaded onto YouTube, at least the raw numbers will hopefully one day lead to better bargaining between the artists and services.
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Although I've long since ripped all my CDs (and the only time new discs are ever "played" is when I rip them immediately after purchase), I still possess the things themselves.

And so I had to come up with an organisational method. I went for broad area, then artist (organising these alphabetically, and chronologically within each artist). Although my broad areas will probably only work for me - sure, there are fairly standard baroque, pop, hard rock, and metal sections, but I also have sections for such things as "real rock", "other" rock, and Scandinavia...

This made it a bit easier to shuffle things about to fit in new acquisitions, but I've also now reached the point where my custom-built shelving isn't big enough, so now I just pile them up on top...

Also agree with Verkisto about proper filing order - I've been in charge of large filing systems, and that's the correct way to do it (if you're not simply allocating serial numbers to everything).
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Always name then chronology. Last name takes precedence if relevant. I spin discs in the car regularly (I spend a lot of work time there), as they sound better than crappy little mp3 players.
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Release date/chronology has been mentioned several times in this thread. As someone who pays little attention to it, I am curious why others find it useful. Do people make a point of listening to an artist's music in chronological order or does it simply make it easier to find the fourth album because you know it followed one, two and three? Does this ever cause confusion with something like the Dylan bootleg series that is being (legally) released forty or more years after the recording date? Does anyone like me with classical music in their collection do this?
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It depends how you think of them. I have heard of people who sort them by colour. It wouldn't work for me, but presumably it does for some.
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L. Even though she's an individual, "Lady Gaga" is just a performing name. There's a band called Harvey Milk, named in honor of the real person, but that's a band name, not an individual name, so they go under H.
What would you do with Alice Cooper? It started out as the name of the band but then became the name of the singer. Do the early records get filed under A separate from the later ones filed under C, or do they all go under A since that came first, or all under C because the singer takes precendent?
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