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Poll: How do you store/organize CDs?

Neatly but in no particular order in a rack/case/etc. 12 (14%)
Alphabetically in a rack/case/etc. 29 (33%)
I have my own complicated filing system. 15 (17%)
In a large pile, but all in the same place. 5 (6%)
Spread out over my room, house, car, and who knows where else. 12 (14%)
I don't own any CDs, you insensitive clod! 0 (0%)
Packed away. MP3s, baby! 11 (13%)
Other 3 (3%)
   Discussion: How do you store/organize CDs?
lawrence · 16 years, 8 months ago
randomly within each category, except for the first and last, which tend to fit in the categories before and after them, respectively. each artist's CDs are arranged chronologically.

so my folk section ends with The Foremen, who begin the humour section, which ends with the Arrogant Worms, who begin Canada, and so on... I really should probably come up with something better, because sometimes I can't remember whether I decided that it was more important a band was funny or that they rocked.
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 16 years, 8 months ago
They are organized bye genre, then alphabetically by artist. Within each artist they are organized chronologically. Mulitiple artist CDs are stored alphabetically by title.

The only genres I use are classical, soundtracks, and everything else. That's because they are treated differently. Classical is by composer, Sountrack by title, and everything else by performer.
Alan Mendelsohn Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
Bingo. Ours are mostly classical, and they are sub-categorized into instrumental, opera, oratorio, asstd. choral, bla bla bla.
goovie is married! Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
ummmm. my cds in our living room are organized ever so vaguely, by band and genre. but the genres include things like "people i mainly see at folk festivals" (the thompson twins, dave and tracy, russell...) "cute young trios" (wa9, girlyman, nickel creek, mammals...) and "whiny boys" (ben, rufus, nick drake, leonard cohen, tim and jeff buckley). so...they really only make sense in my head.
Phoenix Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
"whiny boys"

 hehe. I *love* your categorization :)

I rather specialize in whiny girls though ;-D
dirty life & times Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
jian's not in whiny boys?
Phoenix · 16 years, 8 months ago
My CDs are organized like everything else: by intuitive chaos. I find everything in an instant but no one else would ;-D
renita · 16 years, 8 months ago
anyone who's ever visited the place where i'm living knows how chaotic it is/gets.

however, my cds are organized.

a section for soundtracks, a section for mixed cds, a section for bbshop and a section for classical/instrumental.

and then a section for other.

within each section it's alphabetical by artist name and then in chronological order.

it makes me happy.
Andrea Krause · 16 years, 8 months ago

Mine are for the most part in alphabetical order and chronological within the artists. ( i do make some odd classifying choices for my sanity's putting Jonatha Brooke and the Story with Jonatha Brooke instead of the Story.)

The exceptions are there are three sections that are outside of and before the alphabetic bulk. Moxy Fruvous, then Beatles, then XTC. Chronological within these sections.

nate... · 16 years, 8 months ago
In the original jewels.. in a rack.

Alphabetical by artist, then chronological within artist.

There are a couple little oddities.... Like, I have "Orchestra Morphine" with Morphine, in the M's... but... that's just because it makes more sense to me.

Rimbo · 16 years, 8 months ago
So if I'm looking for Landslide, I have to remember that I bought it for someone back in 1986, but didn't give it to them for personal reasons . . . it's very . . . comforting . . . yeah.

In all seriousness, I still have my cds organized alphabetically (and then chronologically), but they've all been put into iTunes, so I rarely use them unless I'm in the car.
Rimbo Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
By the way, I love the fact that one of the choices is "I don't own any cd's."  Are there people like this?  And if so, how do they listen to Fruvous?
A girl named Becca Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
Well, ya know, you've gotta try to cover all possibilities with the answer choices because otherwise everyone will be all "but what about _______??" (I do that myself, sometimes.) Besides, maybe someone still thinks vinyl or cassettes are the only way to go. :)
emilie is CRANKY Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
aw, c'mon. cassettes are COOL. :D
Rimbo Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
Now if this poll was about how I organize my 8-track collection, then we'd be talkin'.  . . . . About 8-track collections. 
ChrisChin is Getting Old Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
8 Track is so new though. I still have reel to reel tapes.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
I would guess that I had seen Fruvous at least a half a dozen times before I bought one of their CDs. You can't listen to them that way any more of course.
Rimbo Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
Yeah, but I mean you still OWNED cds, didn't you?  I just find it improbable that someone who likes music enough to patronize a fan-page wouldn't own any cds.  That's all.
Adam Hartfield · 16 years, 8 months ago
My rack of 500 CDs is organized by genre, and then alphabetically within each genre.

My barrister's bookcase is completely unorganized except for the bottom shelf of CDs being all live Fruvous and Nields stuff. The black plastic holders on the ledge are completely unorganized.

Someday I will update my CD database, and when I do that, I will reorganize all the CDs.
iPauley · 16 years, 8 months ago
I usually keep them in a rack, a few popular (as in, I have lots of their CDs) artists separate on one shelf (such as Früvous, GBS, Carbon Leaf, etc), the rest chronologically by purchase order.

Lately, however, they're scattered across one corner of my room, most having been queued up to be ripped into iTunes, and then never making it back into the rack. In part because I had tried doing alphabetical sorting, but the way my rack is set up, it's hard to add something to the middle without pulling everything out and moving it one slot over. So they've almost all been pulled out and are going back in again later in a different order.

-- Pauley
A girl named Becca · 16 years, 8 months ago
I find it interesting that so many people do the alphabetical-then-chronological thing. I tried that but then I realized that for a lot of artists I don't know what order all their albums were released in (especially the ones released before I "discovered" them or whatever), and while I could certainly find out in order to organize CDs that way it didn't really seem worth it. So my CDs are all alphabetical by artist (or title if it's a soundtrack or something), then alphabetical by title for multiple CDs by the same artist. Mixes are in a separate case - the ones I made myself are all numbered chronologically and the rest are (*gasp!) in no particular order at the end.
Andrea Krause Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
Usually the chronological isn't too hard for me because it's on the back of the CD. So as I'm organizing and have a group set aside of an artist, I just to a quick check on the back to determine their chronological order.
A girl named Becca Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
That's true...
First of all, though, I don't store them in the jewel cases - I just put all the CDs in one of those travel case things (of course, there's often a copyright year on the actual disc, too...) Mostly, though, I'm likely to forget the chronological order when I'm looking for a given CD, too, but I'll always know where in the alphabet each title falls. Either way I suppose it wouldn't make a lot of difference - I mean, I think the most albums I have by one artist is like 5 or 6 - but I'm sure not gonna reorganize now. :)
Andrea Krause Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
Oh, yeah...if I wasn't using the cases I totally wouldn't bother. Tons of my CDs aren't even recognizable for what they are with just the CDs, much less the years. :)
Bruce Rose Back · 16 years, 8 months ago

Same here...  I thought I was going to have to make this post. :-)

When my collection was small, I used the alphabetical/chronological method.  A few moves and a few hundred discs changed that quickly.  I have a dedicated shelf for soundtracks and compilations, and another for singles.  My system of bookcases is set up with some extra space at the end of each shelf, to make it easier to file away new additions.

I do have a small classical collection that's organized by "reason for purchasing."  I tried composer, but that didn't always work (Yo Yo Ma).  I've thought about filing by conductor or performer, but that's a nightmare waiting to happen (If I'm looking for Tchaikovsky, I don't care which Philharmonic is playing it).  I can see where my classical method would frustrate a classical purist, but classical purists wouldn't use my collection. :-)

Phoenix · 16 years, 8 months ago

hehe. I *love* your categorization :)

I rather specialize in whiny girls though ;-D

Edit: Why am I not allowed to delete this post? *is annoyed*

Will work for anime · 16 years, 8 months ago
first shelf: REM (my first love), Moxy Fruvous, Friends of Fruvous (any band i got into due to fruvous/fruheads)

second shelf: Billy Joel, Sting and then any other band i have more then one CD order of favourites. At the end of the shelf is women singer/songwriters

thirdshelf: any other band i only have one cd of, comedy, and then the end of the Friends of Fruvous section

fourth shelf: Showtunes, Soundtracks, Christmas albums (in that order)

is there a support group for people like me?
A girl named Becca Back · 16 years, 8 months ago
is there a support group for people like me?
I think this is it.

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