Post by David Fox Post by David Fox Post by unknown
If your music collection is relatively modest and mainstream and your
audio quality demands are not high, then iTunes is fine. I don't think
those qualifications apply to most of the readers of this forum. As
others have posted,
I use it to manage a few hundred thousand lossless classical files. What
do you find lacking in iTunes audio quality?
I was referring to the entire iTunes ecosystem: iTunes the program
(which is actually many programs - music library, streamer, Apple
product manager), the iTunes store, etc. The iTunes store sells only
compressed files and its organization of classical recordings leaves
much to be desired. If music is bought elsewhere and imported
losslessly, the comment doesn't apply. Any system that streams
lossless files without error is as good any other. The DAC built into
the Airport Express is not very good, but you can always bypass this
by using a digital cable and an external DAC.
With excellent tagging I can search and find any CD quickly.
LMS (and other library systems) use external relational database
engines (e.g. SQLite or MySQL) which offer much richer querying
capabilities than iTunes and are also extendable by third-party
developers. I make use of special plugins that allow me to query by
individual work. I can also do things like list all of a conductor's
recordings of a given work by year, or ensemble, or by any other field
I maintain. The querying in iTunes is more like that of a large flat
file or spreadsheet than it is of a true database program. Is there
any way to perform queries beyond "sort by field" or "search for text
string within selected field(s)"?
Those are nice features but I can type in a search that will result in
2-3 screens so even if I could pick fields and do a more restrictive
search that would probably take longer than visually scanning 2-3
screens and finding works recorded in a certain work by a certain
conductor. (I'd probably just search by conductor and click on the
"Year" tab... I use Year to be year of recording, not issue).
I will download LMS and check it out. It will play directly to the
system I am running it on without requiring other software? I have a
Pro Tools HD I/O system ($6,500) and don't need any better I/O
capabilities, nor do I need to migrate to wireless. I just want this
better system to manage classical music (searching, scalable without
performance hit at higher track counts, etc.)
Post by David Fox
Also, my information may not be current but doesn't (or didn't) iTunes
have an upper limit on total tracks? It think it was 64k at one time.
These other database solutions offer scale, not just in total size but
I'm at 395,000 tracks. Is it slow? Yes.
Post by David Fox
So, my original comment stands. If you have a large classical
collection, there are far better music library solutions than iTunes.
If you want to use iTunes for other tasks - syncing to Apple
peripherals, streaming in an Apple ecosystem - it will get the job done.
iTunes is severely wanting as a music library solution for classical
music compared to its competition.
I really can't agree that iTunes is "severely wanting" as a music
library solution. One can rip losslessly for audio quality identical
to the CDs.
I do have some scripts that allow me to import the iTunes XML file
into Microsoft SQL Server, this allows me to have an abridged (not all
fields) database of my iTunes collection on my iPhone for me to
consult when buying used CDs.