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    Ha! Once again it turned out that my good old friend Mp3tag came up with the solution. It is highly customisable, so you just specify which columns (there are so many available) you want in your .csv-file. This is a one-time operation, and then you do a File - Export. This provides a .csv file for import into Excel et al. During the import, you may have to change the way some fields are formatted, but that's easy. Now you have all your data in your spreadsheet, and after merging this spredsheet with your 'master spreadsheet' you're done. I think this will be the solution for me.

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    About 10 years ago (on another forum) I had a long discussion about what would be an ideal software database program for classical music. Some of the people in the discussion were knowledgeable about music and gave me some excellent suggestions as to what they would like to see. After searching, I have lost my notes on those conversations unfortunately.

    I am in need of a side project to work on and I thought that I might get back to the music database idea. At that time there were several problems with the software currently available. First, the software at that time was designed for popular music where you have one song per track. Each song is independent of the others. In classical music, of course, that isn't true. A symphony may have 4 movements that are treated as a whole. The other thing was that classical music doesn't just have a name. It has opus numbers and things such as that. Then you have composers who have written symphonies and operas. Operas might want to be captured slightly differently.

    The people that were giving suggestions wanted to have various ways to search on these things and they wanted "classical specific" things stored in the database. Of course you want to be able to search by composer but also search by composer with a certain conductor or perhaps including an orchestra. There were all kinds of scenarios that they felt would be very helpful.

    When I look at the software that is mentioned in this thread, things have come a long way since that time. The problem when I look at their screenshots on their websites is that they all show popular music which doesn't tell me exactly what their capabilities are as far as classical music is concerned.

    I was just curious about what the querying capability of these programs are and what type of things, and combinations of things that you can search on. Also, what types of "classical specific" items are stored.

    I actually had a long conversation with a support person on Amazon about this problem because I got all my albums on Amazon (mostly). They have an online player that you can play the music you have bought. Again, however, it assumes one song per track. It also doesn't show all the tracks of a CD so that you might only get the 2nd movement of a symphony which does you no good. When I finally got the person to understand the problem he admitted there was nothing they could do.
    I am eclectic in my taste in music. Except Country Music, "Some" contemporary classical, and Blues."

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    I use excel. Sheet for each composer. My columns have the composition, soloist, orchestra, conductor, cd label etc. Then print and keep sheet in a folder, save on computer and flash drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judith View Post
    I use excel. Sheet for each composer. My columns have the composition, soloist, orchestra, conductor, cd label etc. Then print and keep sheet in a folder, save on computer and flash drive.
    Thanks Judith, I'll wait for awhile and see if anyone else has anything to add. I've just got my brain spinning around this at the moment.
    I am eclectic in my taste in music. Except Country Music, "Some" contemporary classical, and Blues."

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    Just the headache of re-tagging my stuff to suit me is enough stress for me. I wouldn't even dare to catalogue all my stuff unless I could just speak it in. Even then I couldn't be bothered.

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    Anyone here using Roon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    Anyone here using Roon?
    No. Metadata classical music is as aweful Spotify, Apple, Tidal etc.

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