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RE: That's what concerns me about Roon

If you have a consistent logic attached to your filenames u can run bulk
conversions by converting filenames into tags.
BUT. I've neither seen anybody managing to come up with a consistent logic (without crippling the tag content), nor I've seen anybody who owns a 100% consistent collection.

What to do!?!?

First of all - get rid (store them somewhere else) of albums you'll never ever listen to.
My guess is that nobody would end up with a collection >500 CDs.
From that point cleaning up tags becomes manageable.

I use puddletag under Linux to run the tagging job.

I also have my folder structures organised by genres.
Puddletag allows to apply very easily the same genre tag to all files underneath a folder.
So. You could do a "little" tweaking without spending too much time on it.
What I also run as a bulk job is - "remove all tags, but ....."
and that includes removing coverarts from files. That gets rid of a lot of junk.

Getting the coverarts in shape is a different project. It already starts with having the same filename for a coverart.

When it comes to file formats - I allow just a few file formats. Flac and MP3 and DSF. Everything else will be converted.

I do know from experience that people who told me to prefer handling by filenames, immediately switched to "tag" handling as soon as the tags were cleaned up.

All in all it takes me about 5 minutes per album. I think it's more then worth to spent that time. Spent just an hour a week and you'll be set "Once and Forever" next Christmas latest.


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