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Dean Pregerson
2004-07-02, 08:27
Hi, I am a newbie, so here goes:
I have a Slimserver device on a home PC network. I have an iPod and use iTunes for the Pod. I have hundreds of Mp3s in the networked PC. I installed the latest version of Slimserver. After appreciating the terrific accessibility and control that the Slimserver gives me over my Mp3, I want to begin reripping selected CDs to Flac for lossless play through the SlimServer and archiving on the PC. The issue is how to best:

1. Simultaneously have access through the Slimserver to my Mp3s and my new better sounding flac files (Mp3s are great, and I encode at 320, but I can definitely hear a difference with flac lossless playback) while continuing to use iTunes. The Slimserver has been set up to default to the .xlm file in the PC to automatically and read the Mp3s in iTunes. Therefore, I have the ability to browse the Mp3s for artist, album, etc. I can also select the Slimserver option of browsing the Music Folder where I have stored the flac files in. I did this following the excellent tech support instructions. OK, all well and good, and everything works except....When I want to play the flac files by selecting "browse music folder" in Slimserver I can see and play the files fine but there is no organization to the files. There are no options allowing browse by artist, album, etc. I tried to experiment with different tagging options in EAC, hoping to perhaps have each CD organized by artist, but failed. Whew!

Any suggestions on how to better deal with archiving and organizing flac files (with tagging ideas, options) so I can (a) have a useable Browse Music Folder option, and (b) archieve the flac files song, album, etc information for best flexibility in the future?

I don't think I can just store the flac files in the same directory the mp3s because I am not sure this will work with iTunes or IPod.

Suggestions greatly appreciated.

Mark Bennett
2004-07-04, 12:16
First of all, FLAC is a good move. On the right equipment (including
ears) the difference between FLAC and high quality MP3 is clear.

Secondly, I'm assuming that the reason you're not seeing any
organisation is that you haven't built a hierarchy when you ripped
the CD's. IF you have built a hierarchy, but SlimServer isn't seeing
it then you'll probably need support from one of the iTunes users
on the forum and you can safely ignore the rest of this answer.
(Can't stand iTunes personally.)

I guess that SlimServer is reading the MP3 tags through the iTunes
setup, but I would *expect* it to be looking at the tags in files
in your music folder as well (haven't tried it).

If you're browsing the folder then only the song title tag is
relevant - it's generally doing what you ask it to - browsing
by Music Folders.

There's been regular discussion on the issue of how to manage a
music database (regardless of format). The most common strategy
(and the one I use) seems to be to put the music in folders, first
by artist, and then by album. This makes it easy to navigate and
pick the music you want to listen to.

e.g: <FlacDirectory>/<ArtistName>/<AlbumName>/<Songs>

Most ripping tools can be configured to write music in this directory
structure


Dean Pregerson wrote:
> Hi, I am a newbie, so here goes:
> I have a Slimserver device on a home PC network. I have an iPod and use
> iTunes for the Pod. I have hundreds of Mp3s in the networked PC. I
> installed the latest version of Slimserver. After appreciating the
> terrific accessibility and control that the Slimserver gives me over my
> Mp3, I want to begin reripping selected CDs to Flac for lossless play
> through the SlimServer and archiving on the PC. The issue is how to best:
>
> 1. Simultaneously have access through the Slimserver to my Mp3s and my
> new better sounding flac files (Mp3s are great, and I encode at 320, but
> I can definitely hear a difference with flac lossless playback) while
> continuing to use iTunes. The Slimserver has been set up to default to
> the .xlm file in the PC to automatically and read the Mp3s in iTunes.
> Therefore, I have the ability to browse the Mp3s for artist, album, etc.
> I can also select the Slimserver option of browsing the Music Folder
> where I have stored the flac files in. I did this following the
> excellent tech support instructions. OK, all well and good, and
> everything works except....When I want to play the flac files by
> selecting "browse music folder" in Slimserver I can see and play the
> files fine but there is no organization to the files. There are no
> options allowing browse by artist, album, etc. I tried to experiment
> with different tagging options in EAC, hoping to perhaps have each CD
> organized by artist, but failed. Whew!
>
> Any suggestions on how to better deal with archiving and organizing flac
> files (with tagging ideas, options) so I can (a) have a useable Browse
> Music Folder option, and (b) archieve the flac files song, album, etc
> information for best flexibility in the future?
>
> I don't think I can just store the flac files in the same directory the
> mp3s because I am not sure this will work with iTunes or IPod.
>
> Suggestions greatly appreciated.
>
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