[The Home Music Project] Update on the Home Music Project

Back from vacation on Kauai, and starting to dig out from the mass of email messages (50 gazillion messages, of which 25 are important – but how to find those except by looking at all of them?). In the meantime, an update on the Home Music Project. Over Thanksgiving weekend I finished encoding all of … Continue reading “[The Home Music Project] Update on the Home Music Project”

Back from vacation on Kauai, and starting to dig out from the mass of email messages (50 gazillion messages, of which 25 are important – but how to find those except by looking at all of them?).

In the meantime, an update on the Home Music Project.

Over Thanksgiving weekend I finished encoding all of the CDs that were in my CD cabinet, and those are now ensconced in boxes in the garage. There’s still a few CDs lingering around – several in both cars, a pile on my desk at work – but that’s by far the bulk of the CDs.

So far the total is 12,075 songs, from 965 albums, taking up 74.09 Gigabytes of disk space.

I’m thinking that at some point it might make sense to use a big iPod as both as an additional backup and as a portable version of the whole library. It would all barely fit on the current 80 Gb iPod, but that doesn’t leave much room for growth. I wonder if we’ll see a 100 Gb iPod unveiled at MacWorld next month?

For those who care about the details, I encoded in mp3 format, variable bit rate, with 192 Kbps minimum sample rate. I know there are some who will say that I should have encoded in a lossless format at a high bit rate, but mp3 is by far the most portable format, and the sound quality is good enough for my fifty-three-year-old rock-and-roll-veteran ears.

I created an iTunes playlist for each album – it’s a pleasure to scroll through the albums and set them playing. For Thanksgiving day, when we had a house full of people most of the day, I created a long playlist of a bunch of mellow party music and just let it play unattended – that was great!

I grabbed what cover art iTunes could find, but it only finds cover art for albums that are being sold on the iTunes Store, which leaves out a lot of my music (starting, but by no means limited to, the entire Beatles catalog). I’m thinking I should write a mashup that would figure out which albums don’t have cover art and go grab the covers from Amazon. So far, however, I haven’t figured out how iTunes 7 keeps track of cover art – there doesn’t seem to be an entry that represents cover art in the iTunes Music Library.xml file.

The Mac Mini came with a remote and Front Row software, which I thought I’d use a lot, but so far we seem to just wander over to the computer and use the keyboard and mouse to pick direct from iTunes.

Here’s a picture of the setup – you’ll notice I haven’t yet removed the 6-disk CD player, though I will soon. The cabinet is now resuming its former purpose of storing table linens, candlesticks, and the like.

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