Music Cataloging Software

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  1. Skyline

    Skyline Double-blindly done with this hobby

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    Does anyone have any good recommendations for an easy (and preferably free) method to catalog my physical cd and vinyl collection? I have all of my CDs stored under a bed and would like to be able to browse my collection via computer before I go digging for something.

    I could always rig up a custom spreadsheet of some sort, but something ready-made would be great.

    And double bonus if it can also handle movies and books.
     
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  2. fraggler

    fraggler A Happy & Busy Life

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    I haven't used this, but this popped up on Lifehacker last year: https://www.libib.com/
    Free version limits you to 5000 items.
     
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  3. Skyline

    Skyline Double-blindly done with this hobby

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    I'm exploring discogs at the moment, but it's music only of course.

    My wife used Delicious Library back in the day, which was fine, but Mac only without a good online interface.
     
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    Merrick A lidless ear

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    Discogs is my go to. I don’t bother to catalog books or movies.
     
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    fraggler A Happy & Busy Life

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    I'm all digital at this point, so my time is spent naming and tagging everything consistently so that I can use something like Kodi as my media library.
     
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    hello,
    MrsForBin and i have the rather bad habit of buying things twice. in order to keep track of things i started using this: https://www.libib.com. now when we are at the store with the shiny objects we can easily check if we already have something in the library at home.
    i have created libraries for our music cds, cinematic dvds and television series discs. i haven't tackled our books yet.
    not the most powerful of software, but it is free for home use. (the vendor has asked for donations to keep it so, which is reasonable as servers cost money.)
    it does have some quirks. if a bar-code isn't all 12 digits you have to do some guessing. the records in the database are for the latest printing. some records are incorrect or have missing/inaccurate fields. (do not comply with the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules.) the default sort is by title, so in order to check if you have something by a particular artist you need to use the search function.
    used in conjunction with discogs it can be quite useful.
    it took me about a week (i am retired) to input about 1K items.
    cheers!
     
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    I've been using Discogs for my LPs, EPs, Singles, and CDs. It is convenient. Sometimes it is tough to find the EXACTLY MATCHING release. You may need to add your release if it isn't there (pretty rare though, and only happened to me once or twice for CDs).

    Other than that, super easy to use, has iOS app, is a good source for album/cover art, good source for all kinds of info for many releases - bar codes, didx info, runout matrices, engineer, mastered by, etc.
     
  8. Skyline

    Skyline Double-blindly done with this hobby

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    Yeah, I'm playing with both libib and discogs at the moment. I like discogs, but having everything in one place certainly has its appeal.
     
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