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I use Itunes on the Mac. I created "Smart Playlists" by genres (for instance: "Match music for the following rule: Genre is Rock"). After that it displays much nicer - a whole page of thumbnails of CDs. Much easier to use. The only drawback is that it doesn't "see" other genres, so anything that is "Rock & Pop" has to be edited/changed into existing genres - Rock (or Pop). The other limitation of Itunes is inability to play FLAC or to play anything above 16/44.1 It's OK with me since I only rip CDs and use ALAC (Apple equivalent of FLAC).
Here's another alternative -- I use Logitech Media Server (LMS) to manage and play my collection of 60,000 saved music files and also Qobuz. LMS will play through a software player on your PC (Squeezelite) and also supports a variety of separate standalone players -- I use Raspberry Pis configured as players. One can also buy the original Squeezebox players on the used market, but the RPi options are better.
LMS also supports multiple players and that be synced if you want multi-room playback. Both LMS and Sqeezelite are free downloads.
I do not have a solution for your question, but a question myself. May I ask for your expertise and guidance? ow can I connect my music collection on a FLAC USB to my pre-amp listed here? My sound system is an early 80s ‘stack’ system.
None of the components are digital: Bryston 2B solid state amp, Conrad-Johnson PV-11 pre-amp, MIT 330 interconnects, MusicWave phase-equalized speaker cables, California Audio Labs CD Alpha and Delta drive, Dual 1129 turntable. B&W 803 speakers.
I would appreciate your suggestions and guidance on the matter.Thank you.