A CD catalogue for the home
Question : I am looking for software to catalogue my huge CD collection. I would
like to be able to search by artiste,
album, composer, etc. I know there are
lots of programs out there, but which
one is best?
Answer : A quick web search for "CD cataloguing software" does bring up an overwhelming amount of software that
promises to organise and track your music
To find the best choice (a designation
that can be influenced by individual opinion as well as technical factors like the
operating system being used), you may
want to sample a few programs.
Fortunately, many programs designed
to catalogue compact discs offer free trial
versions to download and try before you
have to pay for them.
For example, OrangeCD Catalog
(www.firetongue.com) and CATraxx
(www.fnprg.com) are two programs for
Windows that offer free, limited-time
trial editions to download and cost less
than US$40 if you decide to
Music Collector (www.collectorz.com)
for Windows and Macintosh systems also
has a free trial version; the program is
available in two versions and offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
You can also find cataloguing programs
to sample in shareware archives like Download.com.
Some programs gather data from bar
codes, so you may need to factor in the
purchase of a barcode scanner. For people
who want to make a database of all their
CDs, movies, books and other media, a
number of general database programs are
available as well.
They include Readerware (www.readerware.com) and Delicious Library
(www.delicious-monster.com), a Mac-
only program that can use an iSight video
camera to scan bar codes.