As part of my need for a meticulous organizational system for my classical and opera .mp3, I also needed a program that would quickly allow me to rename long, complex filenames. I was doing it by hand for a while until I came across the Bulk Rename Utility - a program which continues to save me countless hours renaming files. The program is free, loads quickly, and has an … [Read more...] about Bulk Rename Utility – Rename Multiple Files for iTunes and Music
The joys of Classical Music and Opera -- but not necessarily with iTunes. One of the most frustrating things about operas in iTunes is finding that after spending time tweaking your settings and importing all 4 discs of an opera, that the tracks are all over the place and not in the correct order. In this post I'll talk about how to make sure all of your operas stay in order … [Read more...] about iTunes and Operas: How to Get Opera Discs in Order into iTunes – My iTunes CD Ripping Workflow
Q: What is the Best Wagner Ring Cycle to purchase on iTunes? A: Whatever you do, do NOT buy a Ring Cycle on iTunes. Here's why: 1. When you make an investment in an opera series -- especially one like the Ring Cycle, you want to make sure that you have the highest quality recording available (this also assumes it's a clear, modern recording, too). The files you download … [Read more...] about Best Wagner Ring Cycle on iTunes (or Should I buy an Opera from the iTunes Store?)
After ripping my CDs to MP3 for many years using iTunes, I finally threw away that approach and developed another model. For those who want to hear the answer quickly here is it: EAC/LAME/freedb/320kbps. For those who want the why behind the decision, here are the big picture goals. And for an EXTREMELY detailed, step-by-step illustrated guide, head to my other site, … [Read more...] about Encoding Classical Music and Operas – for iTunes and More
It's a question that often comes up. Should I click the option to allow iTunes to manage/organize my iTunes folder? When it comes to classical music, my answer is a resounding no. Here's why: (For an EXTREMELY detailed, step-by-step illustrated guide, head to my other site, www.classicalweekly.com and check out our eBook, “A Digital Workflow for Classical Music and Opera … [Read more...] about iTunes: Allow iTunes to Organize Folder and Manage Classical Music? No Way!