How do you rate your music collection?

OK – so you have taken the time to transcode every single CD in your music collection and you have about 13GB (or more?!?!) worth of MP3 and WMA music files. Now the problem is that this awesome music collection is really a collision of music tastes as it contains the music that your wife has collected over the years, and the music that you brought to the party – and to put it politely both of you have different tastes.

How do you churn through that much music and apply meaningful ratings to it – how do you handle when you and your partner rate it differently?

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been working slowly through my music collection trying to rate it but I am starting all over again. My process goes something like this.

  1. Go through all unrated music.
  2. Assign music that doesn’t rock your world to rating 1 (one star).
  3. Assign music that got your brainwaves rocking to rating 2 (two stars).
  4. Repeat for rating two and above until you have a rough ranking up to five stars.
  5. Listen to unrated music regularly to find gems, don’t be afraid to demote a song that you have outgrown.
  6. Don’t delete anything. The music that you skipped today might be the music that got you into the zone tomorrow.
  7. Create top ten play lists.

What are your top ten tracks that get you into the zone?

Note: ABBA always makes it to atleast two stars because of international music law.


5 thoughts on “How do you rate your music collection?

  1. ChilliCoder

    Curious. That’s the way I rate my music collection except for the top ten play lists. As you say, is no good idea to drop music just like that, if it got to my storage it must have some value πŸ˜€

  2. murls

    you have too much time on your hands. Go open a sandwich shop.:) These days its hard to find time to charge the ipod. πŸ™‚ I just listen to what to I like at the time. Besides, meatloaf, queen, barnesy, rob thomas, placebo, powderfinger and some punsey boy bands for the missues…..what else do ya need??

  3. Mitch Denny Post author

    Not sure if I would say I have too much time on my hands, I just decided that I was sick of going and listening to random tunes when I wanted some good ones. But Meatloaf and Queen are a good start πŸ˜›

  4. Mitch Denny Post author

    Hi Deuxbiers,

    Thanks for the feedback. And where did you get the 200Gb of music πŸ˜‰

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