Originally Posted by neutron77
I'm interested in hearing how users with large CD music collections are using their collections. Obviously, listening to single CD at a time makes sense if you listen for short sessions or if that is your listening style plus the benefit of segregated content. What I'm more interested in is how listeners are assembling their music library to USB or SATA (or even DVD_ROM /DVD-A wav/flac compilations) . Are you working towards having your entire audio collection on a single large USB/sata drive? or do you have multiple smaller (say ~250 Gb) drives to separate your content types? What about tagging your content? how much time to you spend with that part?
All my music files (90% Flac) are on a single 1.5TB external HDD, connected by USB to the rear of the Oppo 95EU.
I created folders per style : Classical, Pop, Jazz etc
For Classical (90% of my music), which I arrange alphabetically per composer, I created 16 subfolders (= 2 'screens' in the Oppo Browser) : Albeniz - Barber, Bartok - Boulanger, Brahms - Chabrier etc in which I put 1 folder per composer.
Inside every folder of a composer, I created subfolders 'Orchestral', 'Concertos', 'Solo', 'Chamber Music', 'Vocal' in which I put the albums.
If I really have many albums for one subfolder, I simply create more subfolders : e.g. 'Solo' for J.S. Bach contains subfolder 'Keyboard', which then contains subfolders 'Partitas', 'Well-Tempered Clavier', 'Goldberg Variations', etc.
By doing so, I can quite quickly access the album I want to listen to, without having to scroll too much in the Oppo browser.
Concerning tagging, I created my music folders on my PC according to this naming scheme: Composer - Title - Artist (e.g. Chopin - 4 Ballades, Fantaisie, Barcarolle - K. Zimerman) and for the tracks : Track # - Title - Artist (e.g. 04 Ballade No.4 Op.52 - K. Zimerman).
I spent probably hundreds of hours to have all my music files in accordance with this scheme. A very useful program was Bulk Rename Utility
I did all this work during the months before the release of the 95EU, so that when I finally got my player, even though it couldn't read Flac-tags at that time, I was able to see all the information from the folder/file name.
Afterwards, with MP3Tag, it was a piece of cake to create the tags, using the "Filename to Tag" function.