I like having my CDs out for visitors to peruse through - or for the occasional listen without the aid of my iPod.
A curious thing struck me this evening. Months ago, I sorted most of the CDs in library order: artist’s last name, then first name, then album name. This has worked out well…until tonight.
I was going through my CDs tonight, pulling out each album that hadn’t yet been ripped into the MP3 collection. Since my iPod is sync’d to my MP3 collection, I could just look up each album on my iPod and see if I had all the tracks from the album.
The iPod doesn’t follow library-sorting rules. Doubtlessly, this is because of the difficulty in parsing an “Artist Name” field that could be a person’s name, like “Billy Joel”, or a band name like “Statutory Grape”. However, this made the process tonight a bit more difficult, since I found myself scanning all over the place when the iPod sort order and my library-sorted CDs didn’t follow each other.
Therefore, the question is…do I give in to the iPod and sort my CDs similar to the non-library sort it uses? Or, do I just let it go, since this will most likely be the last time I would require the sort orders to match for efficient comparisons?
For the record…here I thought I had the vast majority of my CDs ripped, only to find I’ve still got about 33% to go. I see a hard drive upgrade in my future…