Question for all of you who use cataloging software -- is there a program that allows me to create a
database in reverse from the digital library, for which I've cleaned up and uniformed all the
tagging info. It would be great if a program "crawled" my library folders and retrieved all the tag
info from MP3, ALAC, AAC, FLAC and WAV files, then put it into a database.
-- Tom Fine
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Record cataloging tools
> I use Music Collector from Collectorz [ http://www.collectorz.com/ ], a Dutch software company.
> It uses recording & track information from Amazon in the US and around the world, as well as a
> database that Collectorz members help maintain.
> It's not perfect, but it works well enough for both my classical and popular music collections
> (CDs, LPs, music files). Some categories (composer, label, artist, catalog number, etc.) are
> built in. You also can create as many categories as you like, and indicate location, format,
> recording & issue date, etc. For example, I can search my collection for all symphonies, or all
> 19th century symphonies, or all symphonies by Beethoven, or all Beethoven symphonies recorded by
> Karajan. (I do a weekly radio program, and that kind of classification/search is very helpful.)
> When adding a recording to your database, the program does best when reading information directly
> from a CD or from downloaded audio files. It's less helpful when you type in the name of a
> recording, composer or performer, and have it search for possible matches--because in some cases
> there can be multiple editions (and reissues) to sort through, before determining which is the one
> you want to add to your catalog. (I purchased the company's barcode reader, and used that a lot
> when first setting things up. However, I've hardly used it since.)
> Music Collector also finds cover (front and back) images for you, then displays the artwork when
> you bring up that recording in your database. You can add your own notes about a recording, as
> Echoing Tom's comments, I sometimes have to do some manual cleanup of the downloaded
> recording/track info. Editing is pretty fast, though. (Unfortunately, there's no global
> search-and-replace, although the developers tell me they have that on a to-do list.)
> As I said, it's not perfect, but it's way better than the database I had created from scratch,
> using MS Access.
> Stephen Peithman, Producer/Host, “Connections”
> Capital Public Radio | capradio.org | 7055 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95826
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> From: "Sam Brylawski" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015 5:35 PM
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Record cataloging tools
>> I'm taking an informal survey to see what kind of database
>> applications any subscribers are using to catalog their personal
>> collections. Brian? Beyond Category? An Access app? A Filemaker one?
>> I know there are a lot of file tag utilities out there. I think Tom F.
>> especially recommended PerfectMeta (correct me if I'm wrong). But what
>> I'd really like to know of are tools that you use for personal
>> cataloging of CDs, LPs, 78s, etc. In particular, tools you really
>> Sam Brylawski