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#1 of 26 OFFLINE   David Wilkins

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Posted January 10 2002 - 01:59 PM

I'm looking for suggestions regarding cataloging my CD collection. If you're familiar with "DVD Profiler", that's the kind of software I'm looking for. I'm low-tech, don't do MP3's, don't store audio files on my system... just cataloging and cross referencing my CD collection of about 700 titles.

#2 of 26 OFFLINE   Mike boettner

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Posted January 10 2002 - 02:09 PM

sorry but i cant help you but i would like to know the same information. i have around 400 cd's and growing
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#3 of 26 OFFLINE   Greg_Y

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Posted January 10 2002 - 02:36 PM

This question comes up from time to time and I always offer my recommendation; I apologize if I sound like a broken record. Try Music Collector from www.collectorz.com (previously KeepItCompact Music.) I've tried most of the music cataloging software out there and it's the best I've seen. It's also one of the few pieces of shareware I've paid for. I like it that much.

They also have a Movie Collector product that isn't quite as robust but, from talking with the authors, they will be making changes to it, and their entire suite of products, in the near future.

#4 of 26 OFFLINE   John Torrez

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Posted January 10 2002 - 04:57 PM

Collectorz is a great program, but it can be tedious because you have to insert your cd's one by one just to catalog them.

#5 of 26 ONLINE   Paul E V

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Posted January 10 2002 - 07:06 PM

I did something VERY tedious with my CDs


My sister asked me to DJ her wedding so I made 'Request' books (like you see if you do Karaoke) ---- I went into MS Works and found a worksheet that would list page numbers and such, made a list of all my CDs and all the songs on them and printed evrything out (including a TOC page) ---- the page numbers represent the disc location and by looking at the TOC I can turn directly to the page/disc I want to hear and then select which track as well.


It turned out so well that my brother loaded up his box of cases (he has them stored away) and insert books in my car so I could make one for his CDs





The only problem is --- my players are not yet full and I haven't updated it since I did it (@ 2 years ago) so when I finally do get full I need to go through the whole thing, change a couple page numbers, and reprint it ---- I'll probably also need 2 books (for 600 CDs)
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#6 of 26 OFFLINE   Greg_Y

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Posted January 10 2002 - 10:58 PM

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Collectorz is a great program, but it can be tedious because you have to insert your cd's one by one just to catalog them.

A. It has a batch insert feature.
B. How else can you get data about all your discs into an application? You either put them in and scan them, downloading the info from CDDB, or you enter them manually. What other option is there?

#7 of 26 OFFLINE   John Torrez

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Posted January 11 2002 - 04:30 AM

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How else can you get data about all your discs into an application? You either put them in and scan them, downloading the info from CDDB, or you enter them manually. What other option is there?

Similar to how dvdprofiler works. But don't take me wrong, I really do think that collectorz is a great way to catalog your cd's.

#8 of 26 OFFLINE   Mark Olson

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Posted January 11 2002 - 04:41 AM

Hello,

I haven't checked other music cataloging options in several years, but the one that I started using about 5 years ago has served me very well. It is called CATraxx and here is the link for it CATraxx It sounds like entering CD data is similar to the other application mentioned here. I have been very happy with this program over the years and the customer support is fantastic!!

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#9 of 26 OFFLINE   Jon_Are

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Posted January 11 2002 - 01:10 PM

I just checked out Music Collector - and it looks pretty good to me - except I can't make it work. Whenever I try to register, I get a message that "CDDB server cannot be found". Anyone know how to fix this?

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#10 of 26 OFFLINE   John Torrez

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Posted January 11 2002 - 04:39 PM

You need to register with cddb if you're not already registered.

#11 of 26 OFFLINE   MikeAW

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Posted January 12 2002 - 09:07 AM

It's amazing, but I just store them in those big vinyl 45.6 litre "industrial" hampers you can buy at Costco.

I must have about 32 or 33 hampers by now...and I know which ones are not where they are supposed to be...I just want to spend my time listening!

#12 of 26 OFFLINE   Robert A. Willis Jr.

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Posted January 13 2002 - 02:03 AM

You could always use a database or spreadsheet program and write your own. Most of these allow batch insertions. You will still have to type in the titles somewhere.

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#13 of 26 OFFLINE   David Wilkins

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Posted January 14 2002 - 12:08 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions, guys. I suppose that the best of all worlds solution would be program equivalent to "DVD Profiler". A couple of them seem to come close. I've had a response from the people at "DVD Profiler", and they claim to be developing an equivalent "CD Profiler", but they have no target date for completion. Thanks again.

#14 of 26 OFFLINE   Paul.S

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Posted August 27 2004 - 04:52 AM

Bump.

David:

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I've had a response from the people at "DVD Profiler", and they claim to be developing an equivalent "CD Profiler", but they have no target date for completion.
Did this ever happen?

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#15 of 26 OFFLINE   Paul.S

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Posted August 27 2004 - 11:54 AM

I've now read the plethora of short threads that former HTFer Greg_Y (of post #s 3 and 6 herein) would refer people to when this question frequently came up.

It seems that DVD Profiler is the preferred app for cataloging DVDs and Music Collector is a recommended choice for cataloging CDs.

Any CD Tracker proponents/users (in addition to Mike Broadman)?

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#16 of 26 OFFLINE   Mike Broadman

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Posted August 28 2004 - 04:51 AM

Ah, Paul, I was already to bring up CD-Tracker and then you posted my name, making this post irrelevant, but I'll type it anyway. Posted Image

I use CD-Tracker because it's easy to link to it. People are often interested in my collection and I'm usually happy to... uh... lend CDs... so it's easy to just give them a link.

It's strongest and weakest property is that, since it's just a web site, it doesn't actually catalogue CDs like Collectorz. You just type in artists and titles. The good part is that you can do 15 at a time and do your entire collection in just a couple of hours. The bad part is that you don't have track listings and details. I personally feel that with sites like allmusic.com (or, now more appropriately, other sites that use the same database like wwwp.musicmatch.com ) it's easy to find all that stuff anyway.

#17 of 26 OFFLINE   Kristian

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Posted January 03 2008 - 11:54 AM

I had been happily using CD Tracker for the past few years, but sadly, they shut down their site today. Does anyone know of another site like it out there? I'm not interested in expensive programs like Music Collector, just a free place to catalog my collection and share it with others.
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#18 of 26 OFFLINE   Lee Scoggins

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Posted January 03 2008 - 01:00 PM

If you have a Mac, then Delicious Library is excellent. It reads the bar codes on CDs, goes out to the Amazon database and pulls in all the tracklistings, art work, and other information.

Been using it for two years and my collection is 1,302 CDs currently.
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#19 of 26 OFFLINE   nolesrule

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Posted January 03 2008 - 02:23 PM

Orange CD Catalog is an excellent program. It has a 30 day trial and is reasonably priced.

#20 of 26 OFFLINE   Audioman321

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Posted January 03 2008 - 05:18 PM

Had not heard of that, looks quite nice though.





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