Q: Do you still listen to and play music from Compact Discs??
We guess that’s OK if that’s your thing…
But technology has moved on in leaps and bounds since Compact Discs were first released in 1984.
I haven’t bought a physical CD in years, the majority of my music has been ripped from the few CD’s I do still own or downloaded digitally.
I discovered digital audio way back in 1999 when I first used a PC. Wasn’t AudioGalaxy brilliant?
I tried alsorts of different music automation software for Windows PC’s. Some of those pieces of software were really awful and some of them were OK.
However it ended up taking me over 10 years to find decent playout automation software.
in 2010 I found RadioDJ, RadioDJ is the best piece of music automation software EVER!
If you’re looking for a better way to catalogue your music collection then you need to digitize your CD’s to the format of your choice (e.g. mp3, FLAC, WAV) and then use software such as RadioDJ to catalogue and play them with.
Its not like storage is expensive anymore either you can pick up 2TB hard drives for around £60/$77 which doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to get one.
Its not that difficult to install & keep on top of a MySQL database either so don’t let that part freak you out
RadioDJ support a wide range of audio formats out of the box
(More file types can be added from the BASS Library (http://www.un4seen.com/)
You can create as many categories/subcategories/genres that you need. I have my music collection catalogued by decade usually as that’s what works best for me.
Of course you can do your own thing when it comes to cataloguing your music in RadioDJ youcan have it catalogued the way you want.
My music collection in its current state makes up about (11830 tracks) all those tracks have been loaded into RadioDJ and been given their own category to live in.
I’ve filtered out most the obscure album tracks when I was ripping/downloading my CD collection otherwise the collection would have been a lot bigger.
Once installed RadioDJ and you’ve imported the tracks then you would just need to program a simple track rotation to pull from the categories your music lives in.
It’s over 5 years since we last decided to reorganise my music collection, We take daily backups of the database so we don’t loose all our hard work.
Tip: Backup your database to en external USB pen drive or other external media.
If you use RadioDJ to its full potential then you should have a STRESS FREE music experience.
It may take you time to get your music collection sorted and catalogued the way you want but the hard work will all be worth it in the long run.
There really isn’t much to setting it all up, but as always if you get stuck ask for help on the RadioDJ Community Forums where one of the many volunteer members will come to your assistance.
Last updated on: 24th November 2019
at 10:25 AM Europe/London