organizing CD's

Reply Mon 5 Apr, 2004 07:26 am
How are your music CD's organized? Alphabetical, by genre?
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Reply Mon 5 Apr, 2004 07:27 am
Re: organizing CD's
L.R.R.Hood wrote:
How are your music CD's organized? Alphabetical, by genre?

I've had them both ways but what do you do with the ones that are cross overs?
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Region Philbis
Reply Mon 5 Apr, 2004 08:00 am

that's a great idea!
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Reply Mon 5 Apr, 2004 10:16 am
There are eddies in the CD collection where the unloved migrate to. The rest get taken in and out in chunks as I move CD's back and forth between stereos, work and car.

So, if you were to look at my collection from top to bottom, left to right, you'd be instantly amazed at the eclectic mish-mash. Can seldom find what I'm looking for, but hey! Haven't heard this in a while...
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Reply Mon 5 Apr, 2004 10:34 am
The 6 current favorites reside in the changer. The rest are in a pile, waiting to be shuffled through.
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Reply Mon 5 Apr, 2004 11:11 am
I used to keep mine on shelves in alphabetical order but since I put them on the iPod they've been sitting unused in a monster cardboard box from when I moved house.
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Reply Mon 5 Apr, 2004 11:16 am
Currently by Genre, then alphabetical by artist/composer:

Compilations (Various Artists)
The Rest (thinking about splitting Jazz from the others but it's too hard to draw the line, e.g. US3, Verve Remixed.
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Reply Mon 5 Apr, 2004 02:37 pm
Alphabetical and so are my videos. I get so irritated when my husband messes them up. I like order and being able to find things easily.
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Reply Mon 5 Apr, 2004 03:20 pm
1) Genre
2) Subcategorized alphabetically by Artist within appropriate Genre
3) Further subcategorized alphabetically within Artist by Album Title
4) Further subcategorized, if necessary, by Album Version, Album Release Date, and/or other distinguishing characteristic differentiating otherwise duplicated items.

It was no stretch to do; I've been a vinyl junkie for decades, and that's the system I've always used for my LPs, of which there are literally thousands and thousands. A few years back, the recipe-box file card catalogue system was upgraded to an updatable, searchable database/spreadsheet format, which itself is backed up on a data CD.

For CDs, I use a couple mega-changers slaved to a 5-disk changer, which is the master. The system will display on the TV screen the entire installed catalogue, any Artist/Album/Track info as may be included on a selected CD, and supports keyboard entry of user-defined Album info for each CD, which also is displayed, something quite handy, provided I remember to input it (and leave that CD in that particular carouselle slot), and is damned near out of slots for new CDs at the moment. The empty jewel cases are stored, by the same categories, on shelves in the basement, where also I store LPs which are not at-the-moment in use or awaiting refiling.

For Computer CDs, my categories are Operating Systems, OEM-Specific disks (such as Restore Disks) for my various machines, Peripheral Software, System Utilities, Other Utillities, Applications, Games, Stored Data, and backup disks. Similar organization applies to Zip disks and floppies, though there is a special, ready-at-hand location for all the Emergency Boot Floppies I have, except, usually, for the one I happen to need at any given time :wink: There's also a stack for "Look at this sometime and figure out what's on it" unlabled disks. Embarrassed

I have a few flash memory cards of different sorts and capacities, too, but as they're constantly in rotation among cameras and other devices, with ever-changing content, there's no way or reason I've figured out to categorize them beyond which devices which cards fit.

Of course, then there are the various piles .... Rolling Eyes
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Reply Mon 5 Apr, 2004 06:48 pm
Alphabetical, by artist, with multi-artist compilations separately shelved.
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Reply Mon 5 Apr, 2004 06:55 pm
Alpha except the classical I keep those seperate.
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Reply Mon 5 Apr, 2004 08:14 pm

I had a college buddy who was a DJ who had his music color-coded and alphabetized.
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