Sounds wonderful. I had a larger collection than yours on iTunes and this year I switched to Roon and Tidal. Roon is the way to go - the curating is done for you! Roon is an amazing interface. Trust me - if you try it then you will want a headless Mac mini running Roon Server and you will control it all from an iPad. The metadata is fantastic - read up on the artist or individual CD - check who played what on the album and instantly go find other artists where the musician you like also played.
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An Aurender might be on my list soon so I thought to tag this topic. Sorry, I don’t have an answer for you.
Interesting. I’ve never tagged the FAV colum as one to seek albums or songs. I’ve got about half of your library size. And nearly in every possible format and sampling rate. Sheeesh.
Would you mind cluing me in on how those 7 little stars aid in searching a library of 40K plus, quicker than a title, genre, album or artist search?
Good luck incorporating your data. I do hope it works out for ya.
Answering blindjim: How do the ratings help me to search.
This Christmas I had the time to listen seriously to the Berlioz L'Enfance du Christ. I have five complete versions of this beautiful work. Two of these I have liked enough in the past to give them five stars. This rating means the performance and its sonics are good enough for me to devote myself for the next two hours to listening to this oratorio.
With a 5-star rating I usually add critical comments. In this case they said that the Herreweghe performance included a superb narrator (Paul Agnew) whose performance is good enough to expand your concept of reverence.
Incidently, Aurender owners, because you are listening with your iPad in your lap, you can put the .pdf notes into iBooks and read the libretto while you listen. There is a very slick system that drives the librettos and the notes into the Conductor app which will hopefully be illuminated more as this thread evolves.
The "heart" marking in iTunes is new so it is not populated for most of my tracks. I plan to use it to give me a handle that finds all the desert island recordings in my library.
Filtering: In iTunes (and presumably in Aurender) you can select, say, all of your Christmas music that has a five star rating. This is very powerful since many Christmas records and compilations have tracks that are awful, so this selection will only play that ones that made the cut.
I hope this is helpful.
I have heard from others that I should be finding out more about Roon; it certainly sounds intriguing. I am guessing from your post that you are not using Roon as a source database to establish and maintain your music library on an Aurender Music player.
I have given a lot of my youth to the task of annotating new recordings in iTunes. Doing that better could be a big help. I am not jealous of my time however, because I use that time to audition the new album and hopefully to get the rating and critical comments fields populated appropriately.
I am a tiny bit nervous about automatic annotation (perhaps because what the iTunes ripper adds is so hit-or-miss). But as long as there is a slick environment to go in and make STABLE edits, a new database could be great.
Just try Roon on a trial basis. I guarantee you will be amazed. Out of 5200 albums - less than 200 needed cleaning up (cover art etc) and most of these were super rare or bootlegs or partial albums with just one track. Roon is the biggest revolution in audio since digital began. It is fixing the biggest drawback of digital vs vinyl - the loss of the gatefold vinyl sleeve with lyrics, background info etc. Roon has all the metadata. For classical albums that you have created metadata - you can have Roon prefer your metadata over what is available at Allmusic. It can be done in one step by selecting only the albums you want and then making a preference setting change on them all.
Roon also supports tags for personal customization