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Album Art and WAV files


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The XXHighEnd installation guide has excellent recommendations for the organization of a music library that is failsafe for album art and WAV files. Basically everything associated with the album belongs in the album folder, including the music tracks, album art, lyrics, liner notes, etc. This is so intuitive. When I a pick a real CD or LP from the shelf of my physical music library everything associated with that album is contained within that package. Why should it be any different with the computer music library. But where the computer music library really shines, aside from the instant access and searchable aspects of any database, is that there is no limit for the amount of information that can be added to the album folder such as unlimited album reviews or videos and it does not depend on any proprietary organizational structure or computer program.

 

A simple folder structure such as

 

G:

--Music

---Artist

----Album

 

is all that's necessary though more complex (deeper) subdirectory structures are okay. Below are the exact words from the XXHighEnd installation guide.

 

Here drive G: denotes the harddisk, and as you can see it contains root folders like MP3, FLAC and WAV, under WAV there's things like Lounge and Percussion, and within the Lounge as selected here, the album sub folders recide. If we summarize this, it looks like

 

G:

--WAV

----Lounge

------Album

 

Now, it is not important at all whether G: = G:, WAV = WAV and Lounge = Lounge, but the *depth* is ! To make this clear, here's another good one :

 

G:

--Music

----Lounge

------Album

 

and it shows that this is really not about WAV or anything, but just the depth.

This is for one reason only : finding coverart automatically, and merely, find the correct coverart. If the structure is less deep all kind of files reciding in the root will be denoted as coverart, and your coverart will be a mess (and just wrong).

 

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