My MP3 Dilemma

// September 29th, 2010 // Computers, Geekery, Music, Obsessions

I’ve been an avid collector of music files since the late 90′s and never delete anything, but rather file it all for posterity. The end result, 14 years later, is an external hard drive with 306GB of MP3 files on it (around 50,000 in all), carefully filed in folders by artist and album.

When I was on Windows, I had everything in Advanced MP3 Catalog Pro so I could search the entire collection for specific artists. Eventually with the purchase of my first iPod, I switched over to iTunes, but didn’t add everything to the library – only what I wanted to sync with my iPod. I can just choose “sync all”. So I’ve only got around 2,000 songs in iTunes.

Now I’m on Mac, I can’t seem to find a simple cataloguing program that will index my MP3 files by metatag so I can easily search them. I’m considering putting everything into iTunes, but will it cope with 50,000 tracks, or will it just run like a dog? MediaMonkey seems great but it is Windows only.

I’m beginning to think that the answer is obvious – CULL MY COLLECTION and get rid of all those albums that I have never and will (probably) never listen to. It’s the logical thing to do. Yet it fills me with heartbreak!

Oh what to do?

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