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6 tips for organizing your music files

If you are a fan of digital music, you probably have trouble organizing your collection of music files. For me, I used to have hundreds of MP3 files grouped together in a folder on my hard drive. Can you imagine the pain I had to go through to find a specific melody to listen to?

Organizing your music files is an important skill to learn. Once your collection is well organized, you can find the songs you want quickly and easily. So set aside some time and read the following tips that I have come up with.

1. Create subfolders

The most important tip for organizing your music files is to create subfolders on your hard drive. Never leave your MP3 files in a huge folder called C: My Music. Create subfolders like C: My MusicClassical, C: My MusicPop, and C: My MusicSoundtracks.

2. Make sure your ID3 tags are correct

ID3 tags are used to store important information about MP3 files. Things like song title, artist, album are saved and will be displayed on your MP3 player. Take the time to properly edit these tags; many MP3 files you download have the wrong ID3 tag information. A good software program for editing ID3 tags is TagScanner.

3. Invest in good music management software

There are several excellent programs for managing music files. Two good ones come to mind. The first is MediaMonkey and the second is MusicMatch Jukebox. Both programs offer great music management features, such as a built-in music player, CD burning features, and ID3 tag renaming.

4. Get your music files from legal sources

If you have been downloading music using P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing programs like KaZaa, chances are good that you are getting music files with strange names like 56_HeyjAck.mp3. My advice: get your files from legal sources like iTunes or Napster online music services and you will avoid this problem.

5. Create good playlists

Most software music players (eg Winamp) will allow you to create playlists. For example, let’s say you’re in the mood for rock songs, you can point to your folder called C: MusicRock and create a playlist from that folder. Save the playlist after creating it. The next time you feel like listening to those songs, all you need to do is load up that playlist instead of looking through your hard drive and folders.

6. Get a huge hard drive

I know this sounds a bit crazy, but running out of disk space can and will ruin your well-organized music collection. Make sure you have enough hard drive space to store your music files. Let’s say you have 10,000 music files that you absolutely must keep and listen to. It’s a very bad idea to store, say, 8,000 files on hard drive A and 2,000 files on hard drive B. Very messy. Better to store them all on a hard drive. So get the biggest hard drive you can find.


I hope this article helps you organize your music collection a little better. I know it takes effort, but once your music collection is properly cataloged, listening to your music collection will be a much more enjoyable experience. So don’t hesitate, get organized now!

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