As regular readers will probably remember, I am pretty anal about how I organize my music (I didn’t organize my cds alphabetically for 20 years, but rather by sub, sub, suuuuub genre). I’ve been constantly changing how I organize my iTunes library in the new computer based age. Here is my system as it stands:
All tracks renamed with caps. Eg. “Straight out of Hell” – becomes “Straight Out Of Hell”
All album titles renamed and given a number to match their release order. Eg. 01 Led Zeppelin 1, 05 House Of The Holy etc. Furthermore, If an album is a demo before the band’s major label debut it will have the number zero. Eg. “00 Mate Feed Kill Repeat.”
All tracks edited to specific genre then sub-genre in brackets – Eg. Rock (Progressive Rock) or Metal (Thrash Metal) etc.
Every album has artwork, and its 500×500 pixels.
All data on BPM, Composer etc removed. Only things I care about are kept.
If an album doesn’t flow well, I re-arange the tracks.
Intros, outros, skits and interludes, if they aren’t good, are set to be automatically skipped.
If a song is hugely long, like Pink Floyd’s “Atom Heart Mother Suite” – I’ll break it down into smaller tracks, so I’ll have Atom Heart Mother parts 1-10 instead of one big track.
Solo albums/Spin Off albums that are so similar to the original band that you can’t tell the difference are grouped together with the band. (Heaven & Hell’s The Devil You Know is with Black Sabbath in B, instead of off on its own in H. Jasta’s solo album is with Hatebreed etc.)
All tracks given relevant comments that activate automatic playlists (eg. When a rock band plays a blues song, like Jimi Hendrix’s “Red House” or Led Zeppelin’s “I Can’t Quit You Baby” that gets given the comment “Bluesnumber” which puts them into a playlist of songs like that.)
I’ve got at least 50 types of comments. Eg. Covers. Instrumentals. Acoustic versions of heavy songs. Songs by rock bands with Orchestra in them. etc.
If its a double album, I won’t allow double entries, so I’ll painstakingly re-order each track until its one long single entry.
If I get a compilation album or samplar, I reassign all the tracks to their original artists, I don’t deal with “Various Artists,” ever, with the sole exception of “Rebuilding The Wall.”
If I only own a track or two by a band, it doesn’t come in the main alphabet, it comes later, after Z.
If a track is a bonus track it has the Astrix symbol after it. Eg. Starlight*
If a track is recorded live it has the word live written after it in square brackets, live ALWAYS has a capital “L”…. Eg. “Black Dog [Live]” and if its a live bonus that’s “Black Dog [Live]*
If I rip a song that’s title has parenthesis, if it’s been ripped with square brackets, I’ll retitle it. Eg. “[We Are] The Roadcrew” becomes “(We Are) The Roadcrew.”
If a song deliberately has a number in the title or stupid spelling, I’ll usually retitled it despite what the band wanted. Eg. “Sun 4 The World” becomes “Sun For The World.”
If I got given the album by a friend or don’t count it as “my album” for some reason, it doesn’t come in the main alphabet, it comes later, after Z.
I have a “best of” “greatest hits” and “under-apreciated tracks” playlist for almost every band, and every subgenre. Also, I have a gigantic “history of music” playlist.
I have playlists for what my library used to look like, in two-three year blocks. So that I can go back and listen to the music that I owned when I was 21, 18, 14 etc.
I have playlists