I am looking to turn my computer into a music center. I would like to do this as simply and as quickly as possible. I am willing to invest in the time of setting this up to make thing go smoothly on the back end.
I have around 1000 retail CDs and around 300 CD-Rs. I’m also looking to make my music as portable and easy to access as possible.
I am looking for the following recommendations:
B. Software Tools
D. What Pitfalls to look out for
E. Any suggestions relative to stuff that I hadn’t thought of
What I would like to do is to the following:
Rip my CDs to a hard drive. I know that I would like store them in an .mp3 format. Should I also store them in .wma & then take them to .mp3?
Automatically inventory the CDs (Artist, Title, Tracks, etc.)
Store music on an iPod or other such device
Arrange my music such that I can easily find it.
Automate the renaming of folders and files, if necessary.
Create various playlists.
Rate each song from say 1 to 5 and then create playlists based upon several variables. For example:
Have a database of all of my music that I can export to an Access 2000 database. Also, to a CSV.
Map one song to various destinations, if necessary. For instance, I may have the same song on a retail CD a homemade compilation CD, and several .mp3 playlists. I would like to be able to tell where any song is at any given time.
Anything else that you may recommend.
I generally only like a few songs per CD. Would it be a lot of overhead to merely rip the songs that I like?
I know that this is a lot to swallow at one time, but there seems to be a bit to this endevour.