Of my 5200 mp3s, I've so far retagged and relocated, um, 812 of them. There are two reasons for this.

The first involves the moderately-complicated tangle of software that I'm using to do it. Currently, this sprawling mess of programs is:
  • MusicBrainz Picard, which is painful and bothersome. This would stop me using it, if it weren't for all the alternatives being useless. MediaMonkey, for example, tries to look up metadata from Amazon, which is like asking Guy Fawkes for renovation advice.
  • MediaMonkey, which is surprisingly useful for relocating files and managing a directory structure. This is rather more like asking Guy Fawkes to store barrels in a cellar for you.
  • MP3Gain, which is helpful for normalising the volumes on mp3s, but takes a while, even if you tell it to pretend it's a real-time process. This is like asking Guy Fawkes to make the kaboom appropriately earth-shattering.
  • Windows Media Player, which seems to make my Zen happier to play network shares. This is like asking Sir William Stanley and Thomas Winter to recruit Guy Fawkes.
  • Half a dozen potential candidates for use in synching tracks to my Zen with minimal human intervention. This is like asking one's minions to start upon Guy Fawkes, beginning with the 'gentler tortours'.
This, however, seems to be going fairly well. Of those 812 retagged, renormalised, relocated and rescanned mp3s, all of them now live among the 1428 mp3s in my retagged, renormalised, relocated and rescanned music library.

(The others are all new.)

The second is that my old mp3s with the damaged metadata are losing their places in the queue to new musical upstarts. Apparently, it slows down progress on an mp3 maintenance project when you start treating last.fm recommendations like pokémon*. Who knew?

* I have no Powder Treason comparison for this. It seems there are limits to how far a simile can stretch.

Date: 2009-04-29 03:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurenmitchell.livejournal.com
Well, some Pokemon do blow up, if that counts, which makes it difficult to catch them all.

I shun your TV tropes link. I know the reference without clicking. Without clicking, I say.

Date: 2009-04-29 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
...note to self: avoid exploding music.

But how can you be sure, unless you interrogate click on it? Apart from reading the URL, that is.

Date: 2009-04-29 06:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurenmitchell.livejournal.com

I'm playing Pokemon Emerald at the moment, is that enough of a credential?

Date: 2009-04-29 07:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
...that's some awfully dedicated shunning.

And yes, that'll do.

Date: 2009-04-29 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goblinpaladin.livejournal.com
I have pokémon-trainer tendencies when it comes to Threadless and Topatoco t-shirts I want. Me having money is a BAD THING.

Send help.

[Also a good similie may have been something about letting Guy pick his own targets? i.e., that he just HAD to try and get them all? Maybe?]

Date: 2009-04-29 05:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
Pokémon have trainers? (Then again, all I know is that it's the trope namer for Gotta Catch Them All)

Hmm. Clearly you cannot be trusted with monies. Send them to me for safe keeping?

(But they tried to keep the Catholic peers out of the house. So, no.)


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