Best way to create a CD Library Database?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dschiller, May 20, 2008.

  1. dschiller macrumors regular

    May 7, 2007
    Hi all :)

    Here's the thing: I have a rather large collection of classical music cds, and I'd like to figure out a good way of organizing a database of them. The problem with classical music is that there might be two or three (or even more) different recordings of the same work, or works by different composers on the same album.

    Therefore, I think the best way to organize such database would be via tags, much like the way iPhoto manages pictures. The thing is, I can't find a good application to do this. I thought about using Excel, but it seems a bit clumsy and exaggerated to use it for this kind of database.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? Opinions from people with similar organization issues would be especially interesting.

    Thanks in advance
  2. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    I don't know if you want to create one from scratch but if you go here:

    They have really good software. I use them for my CD's and DVD's and they have a Mac product for the CD's!!!

    You can download a trial version.
  3. vashnar macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2008
  4. Mernak macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2006
    Kirkland, WA
    Ummmm, perhaps I am missing something, but why can't you just use iTunes? You can mark them as compilations and have iTunes group by albums with the compilations together, then you can add album artwork and the rest of the stuff.
  5. dschiller thread starter macrumors regular

    May 7, 2007
    Thanks for all the replies!

    This looks promising! I'm going to test it out and see if it really works as well as it seems to. Thanks for the suggestion :)

    I've tried it, but it doesn't seem to work with tags (like keywords in iPhoto) and it never managed to find info on the internet for the CDs I tried.

    Actually, I already have a pretty well-organized iTunes Library. What I want to do now is catalog my physical CDs, so that it becomes easier to know what/where are the albums I own.
  6. agentphish macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2004
    You could also try the cataloging software that comes with Roxio Toast. I've read it's pretty decent for cataloging CONTENTS of physical discs, which is what it sounds like you want to do.
  7. vashnar macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2008
    How about Bento?

    I haven't used it, but it's supposed to be all 'by Mac users, for Mac users'

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