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Freeware to catalogue my media?

by pgs5 / June 9, 2013 6:00 PM PDT

I have music CDs, movies on DVDs, plus audio and video files on my pc.

So far I have been keying in my CDs into Excel, movies into CDTree, and using Win7 search to locate my files on the pc.

Is there one piece of software that can catalogue all? It would be great if it could:
- access internet for artist and title info
- import/export to xls or csv
- have a field/column for library number, because I have given all my discs a number to find them easily. (I have over 1000 music cds, and quite a few dvds)

If there isnt any free software, whats the cheapest one that will do the job?

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Very limited selection, if you need a free product
by Pepe7 / June 10, 2013 1:04 AM PDT

IME, you will have to pony up some cash if you want such a product that is truly feature driven. Most if not all off the free stuff is basically horrible. I would look at as a worthwhile, paid option. Your wish to have a unique catalog number may only be possible though when you export to your spreadsheet though. It's just not something most folks prioritize, with the exception of librarians (who I work with daily) ;).

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Collectorz requires 3 programs
by pgs5 / June 10, 2013 10:19 AM PDT

Thanks for the suggestion. I had a look at Collectorz. If I understand it right, they require me to purchase 3 pieces of software for my needs... Movie Collector, Music Collector and MP3 Collector. They have discounts for bundles, but none that I saw contained those 3 programs. Maybe I can get away with just Movie and Music. I will try the trial version to see if it does all that I need

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Yes, that is correct (n/t)
by Pepe7 / June 11, 2013 2:27 AM PDT


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found a 99% solution - MediaMonkey
by pgs5 / June 12, 2013 6:24 PM PDT

I've been testing the free version of MediaMonkey and so far it has done almost all I need it to do...
- access internet for CD info
- export database to Excel, plus configure which fields I want to export.
- Along with the predefined fields, there are several custom fields. They are sortable too.

The only option I havent found is to import from Excel. But that is not possible with Collectorz too.

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There are MM scripts.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 13, 2013 4:08 AM PDT
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