Over the course of multiple years I’ve been able to recompile around 100k songs (and counting). I’ve used iTunes for the longest time since I burn many of these albums into blank CDs. Many of these songs have been imported without adding their song names, artist and album names.
I tried using Picard to organize these music files but I’ve stumbled on multiple problems:
- Picard lags like hell when reading all these files. I don’t even get a chance to cluster them and tag them, since the program keeps trying to read all the other files and just kinda lags (until it reads about 15k files then completely locks).
- Folders are organized by iTunes (Music > Artist > Album > Song), combined with the fact that I use a small amount of these files daily for playback, I cannot remove the files from the folder hierarchy they’re in. So, Picard is forced to read the whole folder (?), I can’t pick the first 1,000 artists (or so I believe, I know this would be harder but it’s a remedy for it locking up).
- So, in a nutshell, I have a bunch of files that have a folder hierarchy and Picard locks up after reading 10-15k songs (I have over 100k).
Other than that, I chose two or three untagged artists’ folders and it matched them perfectly, if I can square up the program for everything else I’ll be very happy.
I also have another problem and it’s that I have a lot of duplicated music (many times the same album three times, sometimes I have the same song but with different or similar tags that are really just the same thing.) Is there a way for me (after tagging everything) find a way to group up all the duplicate songs and delete them? iTunes shows duplicate songs but I’d have to go one by one and delete them (I can’t ctrl+a, del), and honestly it’s something I wouldn’t try. I guess Picard with AcoustID could do a faster/better job than me.
Last but not least, this is my first time using Picard. Consider I’m a complete noob.
I might’ve missed something. Thanks for the help in advance.