Original publish date: June 9th, 2013
So, after some times, I had decided that it’s time that I shared my experience in managing digital music collections.
Managing music digitally is not as easy as you would with a CD collection of albums, but instead it can be a painful thing to do.
So, why it can be a painful process?
Well, the answer is due to the internet and the ability to obtain music for free from file sharing sites. This is not only illegal in some or most countries, but you bare the risk of many things like viruses and poor-quality tracks.
So, let’s start off from the beginning…
If you have an old CD, the first step is to convert/rip them into digital files (.mp3 or other audio file formats), and add them to your iTunes (the best music management software on the plannet), where they can be synced with your portable devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and iPad Mini). Now, what if you want to expand the collection?
The next step is of course, to identify the song/title that you want, from the media or from friends or by searching for new tracks. That is quite easy to do, especially with popular tracks.
Now, once you’ve identified the tracks you want, here comes the most difficult and painful process! You now have to actually find a way to obtain the tracks. There are mainly 3 ways:
- Buy them from music stores like the iTunes Store (the most legal and easiest); and is cheap – most tracks cost under US$1 or under about 30 baht. In addition, you will always be guarantied high-quality tracks, complete with necessary info like artist, album, proper name, genre and album artwork. In addition, you don’t have to worry about virus infections, since contents from iTunes are usually clean.
- Download them from file sharing sites (could be illegal); but costs nothing. However, this is the most painful method, from my experience, because you will have to put up with poor-quality tracks, like those with poor sound quality and improper info, or those without any info (artist, album, genre, etc). In addition, with this route, you are exposing yourself to harmful viruses that may come with the download.
- Or, obtain them from friends (free and simple), but could also be illegal especially tracks in which the artist did not permit redistribution. This is probably the most convenient way to obtain music, since the only process involved was the transfer of the music files. However, since it is your friends who obtained the tracks in the first place, you cannot know whether they had downloaded them illegally or legally obtained them from music stores, which means that the risk of poor-quality tracks is still there.
Now, after you passed the most difficult step of finding and obtaining your favorite songs, it’s now only the matter of organizing them. iTune is probably the best, since it stores your music in a single interface, nice and easy to manage. In addition, if you enable the copy files option in the preferences, your music files will not be scattered around your hard drive, but instead they will be stored in properly-organized folders. And that’s probably it, you have successfully created your own digital music collection!
Hope this helps!