I am looking at mediamonkey, trying to figure out how well it might fit into the wide variety of needs that I have.
0. My collection resides on a small laptop computer disk as well as a single external hard drive. The drives are nearly full right now... due to the rest of my problems...
1. 20,000+ mp3 without any consistent organization.
2. Duplicates - both intentional and unintentional. The intentional, of course, are in "best of" situations, or samplers, etc. Unintentional occurs when one of the kids rips something that I already had ripped, or downloads a "free track of the day" from itunes, amazon, google, whatever and we already had it.
3. Tracks called "Track 1" that I'd love to identify
4. Tracks that I would love to find lyrics for and add to the tracks.
Currently, this collection is a mess - there are mp3s in itunes, there are mp3s in a variety of back up directories created before we had itunes, copies in a backup copy of itunes made to try and save us from loss, etc.
What little bit of structure we have is that some (many) of the files were saved in Artist\Album\track.mp3 format. However, due to the vagarities of those who entered the data, sometimes the folder (or even the metadata) has mis-spelled band, album, or track names, etc.
The dream is some way to organize the external drive so everything is stored consistently, with duplications only where necessary, and where names are corrected consistently, resulting in significantly less disk space being used.
It would be wonderful if I also had the option of pointing to the itunes library, and could say "if anything in here is not on my externally organized collection, please copy it to the appropriate location".
Is there some portion of this needed clean up possible with mediamonkey?