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#1 of 33 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 01 2005 - 11:25 PM

I'd like to catalog my vast collection of CDs.

Anyone have experience with any of these products?

http://kixsoftware.com/

http://www.firetongu...d-database.html

http://www.collectorz.com/music/


Perhaps you are using something even better
than what has been mentioned above?

Look forward to your comments.

 

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#2 of 33 OFFLINE   Jeff_A

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Posted January 02 2005 - 12:57 AM

I've been using Music Collector software for over two years and I am very happy with it. It's extremely versatile with excellent product support and very frequent updates (improvements) to the program. Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

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#3 of 33 OFFLINE   TomCW

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Posted January 02 2005 - 10:59 AM

What Jeff said. I've also been using it for years. Many printout options, good user interface, more fields than Kansas. Posted Image

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#4 of 33 OFFLINE   dpippel

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Posted January 02 2005 - 11:28 PM

Same here Ron. I've been using Music Collector for about a year and it works great. I did a lot of comparisons when I was looking for cataloging software and it was the best of the bunch. It's versatile and robust, and is under ongoing development. Music Collector's only drawback, in my opinion, is its complexity. Once you get used to it there's no problem, but it can have a bit of a learning curve.

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#5 of 33 OFFLINE   Doug Craig

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Posted January 03 2005 - 12:28 AM

(somewhat OT) I need to record LPs to CD - any good software suggestions?
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#6 of 33 OFFLINE   Brian E

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Posted January 03 2005 - 08:36 AM

I've tried Music Collector & it's good for standard fare collections. Just wish it had good options for classical music. I use their Book Collector software & like it. Updates are free which is good.

You can get a trial (100 CD limit) version of Music Collector, I'd try that before buying.
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#7 of 33 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 03 2005 - 08:45 AM

Just bought this software.

It's a nice step up from a catalog program
I had been using since the early 90s.

Problem is, I have to re-enter about 1600
CDs, and that is taking me at leaat 2 days
to do.

Not the fault of the software, but I am a
bit disappointed that less than a third of
my popular classic rock and pop music collection
had cover art available. Doesn't seem to be many
discs with available artwork.

Otherwise, Collectorz.Com Music Collector
is a pretty damn good catalog program.

Thanks for all your help.

 

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#8 of 33 OFFLINE   dpippel

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Posted January 03 2005 - 10:08 AM

Ron - If you need CD cover scans there are many resources available on the Web. Here are a few I've found useful:

http://www.coveruniverse.com/
http://www.coverkingdom.net/
http://cdcovers.cdfr...archengines.htm

You can download from these folks and import them directly into Music Collector by editing individual disc entries.

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#9 of 33 OFFLINE   Matt Butler

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Posted January 03 2005 - 10:20 AM

Is there a cataloge site like dvdspot or dvdprofiler for music?

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#10 of 33 OFFLINE   Robert A. Willis Jr.

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Posted January 03 2005 - 11:40 AM

Why not use a DB and put together your own program?

#11 of 33 OFFLINE   dpippel

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Posted January 03 2005 - 01:14 PM

Matt - I don't know, but I'm sure there is somewhere.

Robert - Unless you've got plenty of free time on your hands and the expertise to do it, why reinvent the wheel? $25 (the registration fee for Music Collector) doesn't buy a whole lot of my time. Posted Image

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Posted January 04 2005 - 02:26 AM

Ron, don't know if this is what you were using before but at least it's based on Dbase. So you "could" port it over if this is the case to another program that's based on Dbase..

Anyway...Organize Your Collection, went south.....it's now freeware..

Yep...I've been using this for 7 years for my CD collection as well as my albums.

The downside is there isn't a CDDB for it, but heck, for free, you can catalog, your stamp, comic book, or anything you collect.

Mine is cataloged by Artist, Title, Song, Label, what it's worth is..and even has room for album pics and a description of the album or the song...I can find any song in my collection in a matter of seconds..If your not into typing you could simply cut and paste your info from Amazon or any other place that sells CD's..


You could make the main screen up to suite any type of collection you may have....


If your into free software, this one was just released to the public for the tidy sum of nothing. Not even a postcard. (Humm..those are collectible also!)

Happy collecting!!!

Organize your Collection

This program will allow you to catalog just about anything and even has templates for anything I could think up...

You can even define how you want the catalog printed up. Of course you can even store a pic of the album cover wtih it, which leads me to belive this may be the one you were using. It still has support, only it's from programers willing to donate time to it.

Pretty nice for free...

I've tried Collectors and I do like it, including the CDDB but CDDB doesn't include Label or number..Something to consider..

#13 of 33 OFFLINE   Paul.S

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Posted January 04 2005 - 03:30 PM

How long has Collectorz.com/Music Collector been around? I'm concerned about entering a lot of info. into a database at a site that then goes defunct/is no longer updated for whatever reason.

Also, is it fairly common amongst these types of programs to be able to add a title to your personal collection database by just entering a title's catalog number or SKU, or is that a rare function?

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#14 of 33 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 05 2005 - 12:02 AM

Paul,

Perhaps I can ease your concerns.

I just had a crash course in learning and using
Collectorz. Com Music Collector.

I just downloaded and paid for it blindly
two days ago and started using it to enter my
collection of 1300 CDs. It took me two days
non-stop but I have finally finished the tedious
task.

Up until now I had been using an outdated CD
catalog program called Spinfree AudioFile.
It worked in the same manner as this new program
but was limited in its graphic capability.

All these programs use the Internet (CDDB) to
obtain CD information based on the # and length
of the included tracks. All you do is pop the CD
into your computer tray and whoala!

For the above reason, even if the company goes
belly-up and/or stops updating the software, it
will still work. Spinfree AudioFile went
out of business years ago and I was still using
the program.

I am very impressed with Collectorz. Com Music
Collector
. It does exactly what it is supposed
to do in an effortless manner. Now that I have my
entire collection entered, I can sit back and look
through the many statistics graphs and CD cover
thumbnails that I was never able to see with my older
CD database program.

I would highly recommend this program.

 

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#15 of 33 OFFLINE   Paul.S

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Posted January 05 2005 - 05:05 PM

Ron:

Thanks much for taking the time to reply with the helpful information.

Did you ever have (or have any other Music Collector users ever had) a situation wherein you own a CD that's not in CDDb? At that point, can you just go to CDDb and submit that disc's info for inclusion?

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#16 of 33 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 06 2005 - 12:44 AM

Paul,

You know, I never actually went to the CDDB
website (if there is one) and tried to submit
a title. That's a good idea, though.

I'm not even certain who inputs all of the
CDDB information. Is it industry based or
user based (like DVD Profiler)?

I will say this....

I inputed 1300 CD titles. I have a very
obscure collection of music which includes
a lot of DJ industry music and even sound
effects recordings. Every single one of the
CDs was correctly found through the CDDB lookup.

That's amazing. I remember years ago when
I first did a catalog of my collection using
CDDB there was a lot of stuff not recognized.

Here's something to be careful of....

If you are like me and have a lot of compilation
music discs (such as decades collections), you
may find them listed under different titles but
with the exact same songs/tracks. It seems that
a lot of these collections change hands over the
years and get released under new labels with new
titles.

For example, TIME/LIFE music has repacked their
Sounds of the Seventies series into
Ultimate Seventies. Same thing with some
of their '60s series. The new discs have the
same songs as the old -- just under a new name.

Fortunately, the software allows you to change
any of the TITLE/ARTIST/TRACKS/LABEL/YEAR fields.

Also be aware that (at least in my case) only
a small portion of the library you input will
have cover art available for immediate download.
I was quite shocked that less than a third of
1300 CDs I inputted provided me with album cover
art. While members have provided links (above)
to alternate cover art download sites, my
collection is way too big for me to sit and try
to obtain covers for all the missing entries.

....by the way, the above is not the fault of
the software but rather what is actually available
through the CDDB download.

So, to wrap this all up, I am very happy with
this software. It's miles ahead of what I had
previously been using, and for a cost of $35 it
should provide for a LIFETIME of collecting needs.

 

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#17 of 33 OFFLINE   Paul.S

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Posted February 21 2005 - 11:02 AM

Ron et al.:

I would think CDDb is user-based/-supported.

Another question: can anyone who has cataloged both hybrid and non-hybrid SACDs comment on how those discs are handled by CDDb/Music Collector? Since DVD-ROM drives don't play single layer SACDs, I presume those SACD titles have to be entered manually?

But as to the hybrids, are those (mis-)identified as being the dedicated CD, and you then just modify the listing in your/the CDDb so it is the hybrid? Most labels that I know of have assigned SKUs/catalog numbers to hybrid releases that are at least slightly different from the title's CD sister.

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Posted March 27 2005 - 01:18 PM

Finally just placed an order for the Standard version of Music Collector.

I'll find out for myself soon enough, but I'm still interested in feedback from anyone who already has the app installed and who also owns hi rez discs on how/whether you can use the software to add those SACD and DVD-A titles to your database. Manually I'd surmise.

I suppose it's all in the authoring/flagging but I was mildly surprised to recently find that--for whatever it's worth since I'm hearing Dolby Digital--a few of my DVD-A titles do indeed play in my Sony DVD R/RW ROM drive (Metallica, Hotel California, Crowded House and Sinatra At the Sands).

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Posted March 28 2005 - 12:06 AM

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...I'll find out for myself soon enough, but I'm still interested in feedback from anyone who already has the app installed and who also owns hi rez discs on how/whether you can use the software to add those SACD and DVD-A titles to your database. Manually I'd surmise...

I haven't entered an SACD for quite some time (they don't produce them anymore), but I believe the program loaded them automatically with no problems.


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Posted March 28 2005 - 03:53 AM

If you're talking about Music Collector automatically scanning the disc ID then it will only work with Hybrid SACDs. Computer CD-ROM/CD-RW drives cannot read single layer SACDs, and some have trouble with Hybrid discs as well. I'm not sure about DVD-A titles, but they should be OK in a DVD-ROM/RW drive.

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