The Music Library Management blog

Dan Gravell

I'm Dan, the founder and programmer of bliss. I write bliss to solve my own problems with my digital music collection.

Why bother with file structure at all?

Back to the mailbag! A recent query hit my inbox, part of which contained:

Why bother about file structure at all? I am thinking about putting all music in a single folder on my NAS, and the music player then displays the tracks according to the view I am interested. Which problems may I run into? Playlists?

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Moving processed albums to a common root folder

One possibility offered by custom file organisation patterns in bliss is that folders and files can also incorporate constants in the path. For example, all files processed by bliss could be moved into a static root folder.

Why would you want to do this? One reason might be so you can see all albums that have been processed by bliss. To set this up, here's an example pattern:

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What's a music tagging scheme?

A music tagging scheme is the overall set of structural, syntactic and semantic rules that govern how music file tags are written; the content of each field and even whether particular fields are used at all.

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Release 20160406 - DSF tagging and album art

Over the past few months we've slowly been improving our support for audiophile file formats, to make bliss a more useful tool for audiophiles. Following the release of WAV and AIFF support, back in November, I'm pleased to announce DSF support in this new and subsequent builds!

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What's a music file container format?

It's wrong to think of music files as simple, monolithic buckets of audio. They can be, but most modern music file formats are what is known as a container format.

It's easy to think of music files in this way. There they are on your computer; double click them, they play! That's the function of a music file, right? One file, one action, music comes out. This mental model is also re-inforced by the fact that this is pretty much the way the world's most popular file format, MP3, is structured.

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