Is There a Reliable and Trustworthy CD Track Count Website or Software?

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Bespin1138
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Is There a Reliable and Trustworthy CD Track Count Website or Software?

Post by Bespin1138 »

I have recently completed the CD ripping and audio conversion, copying, and transfer process of my music collection into the formats FLAC and M4A (AAC). I have created backup copies of my music collection folders on both my PC’s internal hard drive and an external hard drive and transferred my preferred songs to my MP3 player. It was a long journey to complete these processes for my music collection. I used dBpoweramp for the CD ripping and audio conversion processes and Media Monkey player for audio playback, playlist creation, and transfers to my MP3 player. One of the most time consuming steps was checking to make sure all of my CD tracks were ripped and that the album file track count matched the number of tracks listed on the CD or CD case. My collection involved ripping nearly 500 CDs. There is no way for me to fully keep track if all CDs tracks are ripped and it took several weeks to do the track count comparisons. Despite my best efforts, there is always the possibility that a track did not get ripped, converted, or transferred properly and/or may be missing. It is just not efficient to continuously pull out your CDs and check to make sure the track numbers on the CDs match the number of tracks listed in the albums in your media player library or Windows/Mac file viewing programs. It is also possible tracks could be lost due to a virus, power surge, computer crash, hardware failure, some problem in a transfer process such as that between an internal and external hard drive, switching to a new computer etc. To save me time in the future, if for some reason I have to inspect my music library for missing tracks, does anyone know of a trustworthy and reliable website and/or program that can look up the albums in my music folders (without modifying them) and compare the track numbers listed in my library to some trustworthy and reliable database and tell me if any of my ripped CD albums are missing tracks? I know that no system is perfect, but I want to minimize the likelihood that my albums are missing tracks in case something ever happens to my CD collection in the future such as natural decay or loss due to mishandling, moving to a new location, fire, or natural disaster.
Thanks in advance.
IanRTaylorUK
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Re: Is There a Reliable and Trustworthy CD Track Count Website or Software?

Post by IanRTaylorUK »

I suggest:

0). Prior to creating a CD / Album Playlist check the "tags" and "filenaming" for example consider:
~ enter disc
~ consistent track numbers e.g. Disc 1 Track 01...nn
~ remove "Edition" / "Soundtrack" / "Remastered" from album name to increase potential matches!
~ check both "Album Artist" and "Artist" are entered
~ add BPM / Lyrics / Track Volume / Album Volume
~ check album art is "unified" e.g. single tagged art for all tracks in an album
~ place additional JPEGs, PDFs etc in the album folder
1). Auto-Organise e.g. Music\Artist\Album...
2). Create Playlist for each CD "Album" sorted by Disc and Track
3). During the creation of the Playlist, use Auto-Tag from Web to compare with an on-line resource e.g. Discogs, MusicBrainz

Thus any album with a Playlist will be "checked" for track count and the Playlist (which can be exported) is a record not only of the tracks but the order.

Media Monkey has several add-ons that can help with this e.g. Tagging Inconsistencies, Magic Nodes for MMW4 and Ludek's Custom Nodes for MMW5.

Finally, consider a cloud based back-up or a computer at another location.

Hope this helps.
Ian Taylor
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