Music Organization Tips: Finishing Things Up

Over the past couple of weeks, we have gone over how to identify unknown tracks and tagging your audio files. All in order to help you get your music collection organized to it’s fullest potential. This week, we are going to go over some things that you can do to really flesh out your metadata as well as putting the finishing touches on your music organization.

First off lets add some finishing touches to your ID3 tags. First we are going to add the beats per minute (BPM) information to the appropriate ID3 tags. We did not cover this last week, because it requires the use of a separate program that handles this. That program is, BPM Analyzer. Why would you want the BPM information in your metadata? Simple, the beats per minute tells you how fast a song is. You can create playlists based entirely off the BPM information for your workout playlist or you can make a relaxing playlist using slower songs. The beats per minute information can really give you some control over your playlists and song selection.

Before we begin, you should know that BPM Analyzer only works on MP3 files. So if you are using AAC, FLAC, or WMA you are out of luck here.

So how does this BPM Analyzer work? Well, it is a simple as dragging and dropping the folders containing the mp3 files you want analyzed into the main program window. BPM Analyzer does the rest by calculating the beats per minute and placing that information into the ID3 tag for BPM data. That is it, is as simple as that. BPM Analyzer can also export the data it finds out to a spreadsheet if you need it to. As you can see, there really is not much to the BPM Analyzer, just drag, drop, and you are done.

BPM Analyzer

This pretty much wraps things up for us on this series. But there are some other things that you can do to help you organize your music and while we did not cover them in great detail in this series, I will mention them here so that you might get some ideas.

  • Utilize the “Moods” ID3 tag. This is editable in Tag & Rename and you can use as a reference.

  • Use the “Grouping” tag in iTunes (if you use iTunes as your music player) by using it to group different bands by a single singer or group. For example, Aaron Spinkle, The World Inside, Rose Blossom Punch, and Fair all contain members of the defunct Christian rock Poor Old Lu, so their “Grouped” as “Poor Old Lu”

  • Get picky with your Genres, be descriptive but do not over do it. Things Like “Alt-Country” work while genres like “Country/Folk/Rock” do not.

  • Last but not least, lyrics. While they can be difficult to get into the ID3 tags (Evil Lyrics really is not that great folks), it is nice to have them there.

So there you have it. Hopefully, your digital music collection is a little more organized. The last thing to worry about is folder structure on the physical hard disk. This can be simple or difficult depending on how you want to be able to find your music later. If your a DJ, you might want to base it off BPMs so you can find songs with similar beat counts quickly. If you are cataloging, nothing beats the old-fashioned Artist’Album regiement. It is your music so make it easy for you to find.

Do you have any tips of your own that you would like to share with other readers here? Do you feel your question was not answered? Leave a comment and I will make sure to help you as best I can.

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