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Im getting ready to start organizing my media. I am going to put together an HTPC. From what I have been reading I like the XBMC for dealing with my movies, and It looks like I will use it for my music also.

So my question is when ripping my CDs what filename structure will be best so that the software will recognize albums and display album covers?

Second question is what format would be best to rip them into?
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The ripping software will automatically recognize the songs based on the information gathered or created during the ripping, which will be recognized by XBMC, and the best format to use is MP3 because it's more or less a universal audio format that can be played back on any media playback device. Some people will scream at you to use FLAC or go to Hell, but FLAC is more trouble than it's worth as it eats up far more storage space and it's not compatible with most media playing devices.
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so you are saying that it is best to use the ripping feature built in to XBMC rather than an outside program?
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XBMC uses the id tags. You can rip with a program such as DBpoweramp or Foobar and they will give your tags info. I organize with Mediamonkey.

I recommend Flac because it is a lossless compressed format that XBMC handles with no problem. If you don't care if it's lossless then knock yourself out with MP3. If you are listening back on a decent stereo you will notice the difference between formats and if it is your first time ripping from cd's, why do it half-ass? Just saying. It's a bit of work if you have a large library on cd.
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so you are saying that it is best to use the ripping feature built in to XBMC rather than an outside program?

You could try WAV too, don't know if XBMC supports it or not.
But it is a standard format so I believe it should.
Check this out: http://thewelltemperedcomputer.com/KB/WAV-FLAC.htm
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I rip my CDs to ISO WAV and MP3 since space is not an issue and I never know what I want in the end.
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I have an issue on my new HTPC getting all of the artist/album covers and such... How should the folder structure be for music?

I have it currently as:

H:\Music\Artist\Album\Tracks.flac
XBMC is set to read the H:\Music folder

Is this folder setup standard or should it just be:
H:\Music\Album\Tracks.flac

Thanks!

Don't make fun of me for my stupid questions!
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I like a flat album folder structure, each folder is

Music\MP3\Artist - Album\ songs.mp3, or
Music\FLAC\Artist - Album\songs.flac

This makes it easier for me to transfer albums to other devices, I don't typically copy flac albums so I don't mix them with the MP3s. When in the MP3 directory I don't have to drill down in each artist, I can just highlight a bunch of albums and copy them together.

I use XBMC to rip, it does a pretty good job with little effort on my part and creates the folders, tags, etc. I double check my tags with MP3Tag. Set to 320Kbps, MP3 sounds pretty good, but I do have a few classics that I like to keep on FLAC, though its hard to say its makes a big difference since my speakers are not exactly top shelf.

I also try to manually add a folder.jpg cover image in each album when I have time. XBMC likes that when importing to the library, and I use multiple XBMC boxes. Haven't found a good way to do that automatically.
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I rip my CDs to ISO WAV and MP3 since space is not an issue and I never know what I want in the end.
'ISO WAV'?
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^ I think he meant ISO, WAV, and MP3
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WAV is terrible with Metadata and MP3 destroys the track completely. Disk space is cheap. Any Lossless format with metadata will do.
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^ I think he meant ISO, WAV, and MP3
ISO of what? The structure of an audio CD doesn't allow you to create an ISO. You can extract the raw data to a .BIN file but you also need a .CUE file to 'point' to the songs.
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I was going to create a .bin/.cue of all my CDs so I would always have that "perfect copy", but after thinking about for a while I convinced myself that there is practically no chance I would ever want to recreate a CD. Flac is what I chose, which could always be converted to a different format as well.
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