You need to get the most out of your music library, which means you need to invest some time and potentially money into your tunes. Before you start playing music, you have to make sure your music is organized – that way you can actually play the music you want to hear. Also, you have to be sure you have the right hardware and software to get the best sounds.
Cleaning Up the Mess
Your music may be everywhere. It’s hard to call it a music library when your music is randomly stored in multiple folders and maybe even multiple hard drives. If you still have CDs, you may want to take the time to burn them while you’re cleaning up the mess so you can have all of your music in a digital format. The goal is to centralize your music library, organizing all music files into meaningful subfolders in one main folder.
Once you gather up all of the music into one folder, you need to look at the metadata. This is data that tells you the artist, the song, the album and even the genre. If some of this information (or all of it) is missing, it’s going to make it harder to play the songs you want to hear.
There are a few ways to get some help with the metadata. Some programs that can provide some assistance include:
In the end, you will have to do some of the work on your own, just so you can be sure everything is done to your liking.
While you’re cleaning up your music library, get rid of duplicate files. Also look at the quality of the files. If you have any low bitrate (low quality) music files, get rid of them and download higher quality ones.
Picking Your Player
Now that your music is organized and you can find all the songs you want to play in your music library, you need to have a good music player. You want a player that’s easy to play and you can create playlists. This way you can have various playlists for different things – like one for when you’re writing, one for when you’re cleaning the house and one for when you’re trying to keep the kids entertained.
Some players that you may want to check out include:
– Windows Media Player
The player may also be able to show you the cover art for the album that you are playing music from as well as other things. Be sure you make some comparisons to enhance the overall experience.
Playing the Music
When it comes time to playing the music, you want to be able to play it anywhere – not just on your computer. You can sync the music back to your media player so you can listen to the music wherever you go. You may also decide to load your music into iTunes or Google Cloud so you can play the music from anywhere, on any device. This means you can even play music from your music library when you’re at work, at school or driving down the road.
Particularly if you are playing your music from your computer or an audio player, be sure you have some good hardware. You might want to invest in some external speakers for your computer so you can increase the volume and enjoy a little bass. As for your audio player, be sure that you have high quality headphones, like Beats by Dr. Dre, so you can be sure that the headphones aren’t distorting the sound.
You’ve worked too hard to collect your music over the years to not get the most out of it. It’s not going to be easy to clean up, but once you invest the time, it will be easy to maintain. The important thing is that you get everything organized so you can listen to all of your music anywhere you go. There’s so much technology out there to help you – and you can make the most of the technology when you know what you need.
Go ahead and enjoy a jam session. You’ll not only find your favorite music but it will sound really great, too. And it’s all because you took the time to fix your library up right.