I like the iTunes Shared Music feature, where you can listen to the music in other people’s libraries.
It’s interesting to snoop through the music collections of my co-workers. They range from the far-hipper-than-thou to the heavily cerebral (all classical) to the exceedingly geeky. (Though I could probably take the Most Geeky prize myself.) Fun listening, to be sure.
As interesting as the music itself is, I also find it interesting how people organize their music.
I’m pretty obsessive about this. I get the Gracenote listing for all the CDs I rip, but alter them if they to suit my organizational system. I change all the names of the classical composers to just their last name so they’re all listed together. For compliations and “greatest hits” I change the release date to the date that the song was originally released. All my music, including the freebie downloads, are fully labeled with artist, correct title, genre, etc. I’ve uploaded Gracenote listings for serveral classical CDs because the once in the database were wrong or formatted incorrectly, and submitted English versions of a few that came down in French. I was even the first one who uploaded a listing for a promotional mix. I’m inordinately proud of that.
But browsing through other people’s collections, I see rampant disorganization. Some songs are listed with this in the title field: “Artist - Song title.” How could you put that into your library without taking the time to put the artist into the artist field? Some songs don’t even have the artist labeled at all, and some people don’t even have comprehensible titles. “SRB 1”, “SRB 2”, “SRB 3,” etc.? What’s that supposed to mean? Solid Rocket Booster? Eh?
My physical CD collection is a mess. Every once in a while I go through it and try to alphabetize it but I usually lose steam part way through. But in iTunes it’s relatively easy to keep things perfectly organized, particularly is you attend to it as you download or rip the songs in the first place.
On the other hand, some of them are just a bit too precious. One of my colleagues has his entire library in lower case. Uh-huh. Another appears to be on a first name basis with her favorite artists. “Don’t Drink the Water” is by “Dave.” “Every Day is a Winding Road” by “Sheryl.” :rolleyes:
How obsessive are you about your library?