Tips for Organizing Your Music Files

You may be like many other computer savvy music fans with hundreds of music files jammed onto one hard drive. These files can come from a number of places – perhaps you’ve downloaded songs, got some from a friend or ripped them from a CD. What if these music files are in a variety of places on your computer? Ever have trouble finding a specific song you wanted to listen to? You need to organize your music files and create your own music library. You’ll not only be able to find your song of choice easily, but you’ll be able to streamline your music collection.

Here some tips for organizing your music files. Depending on your collection it could take you a couple of hours or half the day to sort through the madness.

Use a large hard drive. What’s the point in having all that great music on your hard drive if it’s not large enough to handle the load? Make sure you have a large enough hard drive depending on your music collection. If you have a massive collection, consider a separate hard drive just for your music. A large hard drive will come in handy if you anticipate downloading more music in the future.

Create separate folders.
If you have a lot of music by a certain artist or group, you can create a special folder just for those files. Create subfolders to group a variety of songs within one genre such as country, classical, R&B and alternative music. For a few miscellaneous songs, create a random folder. As you download or receive a new song, place the file in the appropriate folder. Don’t let the files pile up on your desktop or in inappropriate folders. You’ll have to go through the tedious process of weeding out misplaced files.

Weed out old files.
There may be a few music files you no longer listen to or didn’t like in the first place. Why take up unnecessary space on your hard drive? Delete these files. This frees up room for future downloads.

Sort music by file type.
After you’ve placed all the music in their proper files, sort them by file type. You’ll want all of your music to be in one format so convert accordingly.

Tag your files.
This step will take the longest in your organization process. MP3 files have a tag that shows the title, album, artist and year of the song. You can download a tagging utility and go through each file.

Purchase music management software.
There is a variety of software you can use to manage your music files. Some include music players, CD burning features and tag renaming.

Make your playlists.
After you’ve gotten your music files in the appropriate folders, create several good playlists. Your lists can be based on each genre or you can mix it up. It’s up to you. The more playlists you create the easier it will be for you to find the music you love. You can create a playlist in programs such as Windows, iTunes, Creative Labs MP3 player and Creative MediaSource.

Originally posted 2007-12-15 23:48:33.

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