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Music Cataloging, Part 3

I’ve gone through about 300 CDs so far, and it’s proving to be more work than I thought. The featured image here presents a small portion of the items that weren’t found in bar-code or text-search results from Discogs, so I’ve submitted them myself.

As of now, I’ve got 248 items in my collection; 23 of them I’ve input manually. There’s also a stack of maybe another 30 on my desk waiting for me. In a lot of cases these are either very old releases; or somewhat obscure overseas releases of new music. Oh well.

Another oddity is the intersection of compilations and sub-sets. Take for example the featured image, again. All the Vaughn Williams symphonies in this box set are available as individual CDs; but the box set is not in the database. It would be nice if I could combine them into a unit automatically without having to enter them all in.

Likewise, there’s a multi-item box set of “Bach 2000,” a hundred plus CD set of all of Bach’s works. But individual items from this set are not necessarily available. So I had to enter all this:

I’d really rather not have. But I’m all in at this point.

Seriously wondering, what happens when I start entering vinyl releases, which are by definition going to be much older and more esoteric. We’ll see. For starters, I’ve got these recent sets I picked up from an estate.

Clearly I’m trying to fill out my opera section. I hope I don’t have to start entering these track-by-track.


I thought I’d try adding these 40 LPs just on the basis of what’s visible on the spine. I got 33 out of 40, and a few of those just because I wasn’t able to read them to be sure of which release it was. So considering I’ll be able to add the correct Alexander Nevsky and Beethoven Quartet box, the vinyl collection will probably beat the 10% rule.

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