Software to catalogue classical music collection

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Software to catalogue classical music collection

Does anyone have a recommendation for software to catalogue a CD collection?  I have looked extensively and have settled on Music Collector, which is very slow and unwieldy, and doesn't work well for multiple works and/or composers on the same disc.  Has anyone had better success please?  I am using a windows pc.

RE: Software to catalogue classical music collection

My answer is yes, but...

I have been writing some general purpose catalogue software over many years; it is opensource at http://sourceforge.net/projects/openjean/ . While general purpose one of the reasons I started it was to handle my own CD collection. The "but" bit is that it is still in an early stage and though it does work and I use it all the time, it is probably not for the faint heated; the interface is fairly "clunky" and performance is not great.

I am working on a much improved version, which includes better facilities for playing the music including streaming from a server, and the music (or multimedia) catalogue can be run as a separate application. Performance and ease of use will also be much better. Unfortunately, since I have to work for a living and I like to spend time with my family and actually listening to music, I do not get all that much chance to work on it so I doubt if the new version will be ready before the summer.

 

(computer)mike

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  This is a very timely question.  There are some very expensive high end music servers out there (Q-Logic and others) that are just glorified Hard Drives with a software package that makes the users music easy to access.

   Some of these gizmos cost up to 15K U.S. 

   Anyone with a Mac or PC can do most of what this provides, but we need better software packages than something like itunes for Classical Music.

   I'd be willing to pay a few hundred dollars for a program if it worked well.

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Try Collectorz.com not ideal but pretty good.  Their systems will also work for DVD's and books.

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The good thing about the Collectorz software is that you can scan barcodes to automate input. I haven't tried this for my CD collection yet, but I did use their DVD software to catalogue my collection, and it made it very easy. I bought a scanner from Collectorz that could hold 500 barcodes in its memory at a time. You spend an hour scanning your DVDs, then attach the scanner to your computer, and the Collectorz software automatically imports the barcodes and consults its database.

So long as the barcode is in the database (and for DVDs, the vast majority of my collection was in their database), then you don't have to type in any data -- the software does it for you.

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In my experience, OrangeCD Catalog by Firetongue Software has been extremely user-friendly as well as reliable. It comes with a fully functional 30-day trial too so that you can test drive it before making a financial commitment.

I also wanted to "chime" in here and let everyone know that I recently found a very good source for piano sheet music called Piano Street. Their blog is regularly updated and a fairly interesting resource for those that aren't already active participants.

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Do try Collectorz.com - I catalogued all my compact discs in two days - a friend lent me his bar code reader - about 2,300 went in and were nicely catalogued.  A few glitches but that was to be expected.  I also did my DVD's.  There is a trial version you can use for 30 days to see if you like it.  Personally I though the c. £29.00 very well spent and there are regular updates for the software.  If I have ever had a problem I just send them an e-mail and have a response the same day - they are always so very helpful.  There are many bar code scanners available at a discount just check the internet. I am very happy to reccommendt his software.  Happy filing!  Robert.

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I recommend Classic Collector 2000. I have been using it for several years and love it. It is very complete and versatile. It is available for free from http://web.onetel.com/~lionelkremer/CC.htm Unfortunately, as I just discovered when I bought a new computer, it is not compatible with Windows 7. The developer is unable, due to poor health to update it. It would be great if some developer would purchase the program to update it for Windows 7. If anyone does, please let me know. I hate to think of starting all over to catalog my many cds. If you are not running 7 (it works for XP and Vista) I think you would find it very satisfactory.

UPDATE: It works on the 32bit version of Windows 7. Hoorah!!!

davyc82601
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I have created my catalogue in an Excel file. This has allowed me to have the column headings I want (including comments), and the ability to search, sort, etc. intrinsic to Excel. It currently contains 2,781 records, and counting...

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It's simple.  Get a Mac.  Then get Delicious 2.

Bartleby

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   I have tried many organizers and finally ended with CATraxx. Simply perfect compared to Music Collector. Very powerfull search machine, friendly interface , you won't regrett.

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