Re: Organizing Music CD's??
I store CDs on shelves rather than in holders with individual slots. Picture the way libraries store books on shelves with a holder at one end, leaving extra room for new books to be added in the appropriate place.
Originally Posted by rogaine_warrior
I like the Elfa storage system, sold at The Container Store, The Great Indoors, and elsewhere, for media storage. The media storage shelves are appropriately narrow; you can configure the shelves so as not to waste any space. I retrofitted part of a coat closet with this type of system.
Re: Organizing Music CD's??
My wife is a music teacher and I’m an avid music and music teacher lover. :wink: We’re both very obsessive and compulsive about our disc collections which numbers in the 4 digit range. In a nutshell we’re using an OCD approach as in Organizing, Cataloging and Digitizing. In this case the other meaning for OCD applies as well. Since music is her life and a huge part of my lifestyle, the amount of time and energy we’re spending to organize our collections is worth it to us. It might not be for you. Hopefully you’ll at least come away with some useful tips and information.
Organizing – We actually have different organization methods for our Music, Audio Books/Programs and Software CDs. I’ll primarily focus on Music CDs. Basically we take the disc, inserts and covers out of their cases and transfer them to sleeves that can hold all of these items. We use sleeves and trays from Discsox which can get a bit pricey. CDs are then organize by Genre/Artist except for Classical Music which is organized by Composer. More details at discsox.com.
Cataloging – We use Readerware which is a Barcode scanning and inventory management system to catalog our CDs. The library check in/out function works well since my wife frequently lends out music to her students. It’s pretty affordable and runs on Windows, Mac, Linux and Palm. More details at readerware.com.
Digitizing – We have 3 Macs, 2 Windows PCs, and a recently retired Linux PC. For ease of use, integration and support for both Windows and Mac it’s iTunes, iTunes & iTunes. For portable playback it’s iPod, iPod & iPod. You could fill several forums and books on this. We use to rip to MP3 and now use AAC (MP4) format as our default. We’re also in the process of beefing up our storage and would like to rip at least our Classical Music to some lossless encoding format, though not sure which one just yet. More details at iTunes.com.
Hope this helps!
-OCD Musik Freek :twisted:
Digitizing is the only way to go...
I too recommend digitizing them. Our CDs are in the attic packed away.
We used iTunes (which is free) to rip the content from them and put them on our main computer. Then we can sync it to our portable mp3 players or wirelessly broadcast them via our home network.
It's definitely reduced the clutter in our home. Our next project is to do the same with our DVDs.