Managing Your Music Collection

If you are like me, you will have a fairly large music collection. Here are some tools that will help you manage your music. I am assuming that you are using Linux Mint or at least a distro that has LAME already installed. If not, you will need to install it before you can play mp3 files.

You first need a good music player. I personally like the default player in Linux Mint. I have used other players, but I prefer Banshee. But there are a number of other players that are just as good.

Whether you burn your mp3 files from a CD or down load them, you will discover that they are not always labeled correctly or fully. EasyTag is by far the best Linux program for correcting and adding ID3 tags. ID3 tags are metadata containers that allow information such as the title, artist, album, track number, and other information about the file to be stored in the file itself. My only complaint is that there is no save button on the top. The easiest solution is pressing control S. This will save the highlighted files.

Sound Juicer or RipOff
To extract a CD to a mp3 format I suggest using Sound Juicer or RipOff. In RipOff the CDDB Lookup auto fills the ID3 tags for you. You can then modify it to suite your needs. A nice tool to save you some work. Just remember to set your preferences to export as mp3, the default is ogg.

As you are working with your music files, you will sometimes get files that are not in the mp3 format. SoundConverter is the program you want to convert one file format into another. This is also helpful if you want to convert an mp3 to a wav. A wav file is the format you want to use if you are burning a CD for playing on regular CD players. Some CD players now play mp3, but most don’t.

Of course if you are going to burn a CD you need a CD burner. My favorite is Brasero. But there are a number of other good ones out there.

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Jay Forrest

Jay N. Forrest is an IT professional, an ordained Humanist minister, and a Certified and Accredited Meditation Teacher.