How to Categorize Music?

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Wife & I having a few frosty's... we're are trying to line up our music so we can both go right to what we want to play with some sense of our own Dewey Decimal System.

How do ya'll setup your CD's/LP's, and other physical formats, so it's easy to find something you want to play?

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  • Emlyn
    Emlyn Posts: 4,430
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    Alphabetical by artist dropping the words the, a, etc. Van Morrison goes under V, Santana goes under S, The Flaming Lips goes under F, James Taylor goes under J, etc. Then arrange by year of release with compilation albums last.

    For collections of songs by various artists I arrange those together in a separate category then arrange alphabetically by title. I have almost all of my CDs stored away but they’re stored in the same order as they are in JRiver so they’re easy to find.

  • txcoastal1
    txcoastal1 Posts: 13,165
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    Music is mood....so I start with genre

    Dealing with wife...you may want to start with his, hers or

    ....they, them...he, she....it, not....CIS, bi, neutral etc :D:D:D

    But I start with Genre and then alphabetize
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  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,923
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    Alpha for me dropping, the, a, etc like @Emlyn
  • CottageChz
    CottageChz Posts: 379
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    Just like @Emlyn except I don’t put each artist’s albums in any specific order. There’s few enough albums per artist that I can scan the spines and find what I want quickly, and it saves time when I reshelve the albums. I also catalog all of my vinyl albums on Discogs which can be useful (and kinda fun IMO).
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,923
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    Let me clarify
    Alphabetical, then in order of year of release by artist.
  • skipshot12
    skipshot12 Posts: 1,073
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    Sweet,

    We were having some frosty beverages the other day, while listening to tunes, and started to rearrange our cd case stands.

    We couldn’t agree on how to arrange.
    When arranging alphabetical we agreed on names when it was titled by artist.
    But, when it came to band being the title it became a quagmire.

    Great suggestions.

    Tanks very much, time for more frosty beverages and some tunes…. 😬
  • Emlyn
    Emlyn Posts: 4,430
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    Here's one: does the band 38 Special go under numerical artists at the beginning of a collection or under the letter "T" and does 38 Special come before or after 10,000 Maniacs?

    Enjoy!

    :D
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,923
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    Emlyn wrote: »
    Here's one: does the band 38 Special go under numerical artists at the beginning of a collection or under the letter "T" and does 38 Special come before or after 10,000 Maniacs?

    Enjoy!

    :D

    T
  • skipshot12
    skipshot12 Posts: 1,073
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    Emlyn wrote: »
    Here's one: does the band 38 Special go under numerical artists at the beginning of a collection or under the letter "T" and does 38 Special come before or after 10,000 Maniacs?

    Enjoy!

    :D

    Yup....
    Exactly why our frosty induced stupor had us scratching our heads 🤣
  • audioluvr
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  • PSOVLSK
    PSOVLSK Posts: 5,142
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    Alphabetical by genre. I sort individuals by last name, but bands by the first word in the band name. Artists with multiple albums are organized by year of release from oldest to newest. SACD has its own place as well (though it’s a very small place).

    .38 Special is before 10,000 Maniacs and they are both before the A’s.
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  • DaveHo
    DaveHo Posts: 3,489
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    For band names which start with numbers, I treat those like they were spelled out. So 10000 Maniacs would come before 38 Special. Throw out bands starting with 'a', 'the' and treat them with the first "real" word in the band name. Separating by genre. That's physical media only. If ripping it all to FLAC, most software will have an ungodly amount of genres to choose from. Then I just categorize it by " stuff I like" and "junk my wife listens to".
  • tratliff
    tratliff Posts: 1,685
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    I enter all in Discogs and that is the order of the physical media. Then I can use Discogs to find something if I am having trouble.
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