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 the days when Compact Discs were first released.

I discovered digital music (mp3) way back in 1999 when I first used the Internet (AudioGalaxy)

I haven’t bought a physical CD in years, the majority of my music has been either ripped from the few CD’s I do still own or downloaded digitally.

If you’re looking for a better way to catalogue your music collection then you need to digitize those CD’s to the format of your choice (eg: mp3, Flac, WAV) and then use software such as RadioDJ to catalogue and play them with.

“Yes we realise it may take time to rip your whole CD Collection, if you have the time to do it, converting them to digital format will have its benefits in the long run CD’s don’t last forever and can be easily damaged”

Its not like storage is expensive anymore either you can pick up 2TB hard drives for around £60/$77 which these days 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 you can find out how to How To Install MySQL Here

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/)

RadioDJ free radio automation software

“That’s the great thing about RadioDJ is you can catalogue your music the way you want it organised and not the way software such as iTunes wants to reorganise it”

You can find out How To Install RadioDJ Here

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.

Its not like storage is expensive anymore either you can pick up 2TB hard drives for around £60/$77 which these days doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to get one.

Of course you can do your own thing when it comes to cataloguing your music.

My music collection in its current state makes up about (12155 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 4 years past June 2018 that I last had to reorganise my music collection I take daily backups of the database so I don’t loose all my hard work.

TIP: Backup your database to en external pen drive

If you use RadioDJ to its full potential then you should have a STRESS FREE music experience.

Did we mention RadioDJ was FREE to use? Well it is 100% Free for use by anyone anywhere with no restrictions on the amount of files you can have in your database which is great if you have a huge music collection.

It may take you time to get your music sorted 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: 12th July 2019
at 12:26 PM Europe/London