I’ve got a reasonably large music collection: 5,939 “albums” comprising 44,281 “tracks”. Regular readers of this blog will know that my tastes in music tend mostly to the “serious” -what is colloquially called “classical”- so my definition of an ‘album’ and ‘track’ isn’t the same as other people’s. Wagner’s Götterdämmerüng actually arrived as 4 separate CDs, albeit it in a nice boxed set. It counts as 1 album in my music library (and several hours of one’s life). Nevertheless, however you define its component parts, it’s a lot of music and therefore needs to be tagged well to remain usable and useful.
Now, I first started ripping my music to digital files in 1999, so I’ve been at the tagging game for a long time (and getting it wrong a lot!), but I have recently been spending the past few weeks going over my music metadata and trying to make it more logical, more meaningful and (above all) more useful …and I think I may just finally have cracked it.
And I’ve written an article summarising the ‘rules’ I think anyone trying to tag classical music should follow if they’re to ‘get it right’.