My current projects

I’ve taken a couple weeks off from writing here because I had some other projects involving my music collection that I wanted to get started on…..but I have also been a little bored with the whole blogging thing lately. So here’s what I’ve been doing with myself lately…..

iPod & iTunes
When I bought my new iPod 120 gb I was sure I could easily fill it but I didn’t take into account the actual time to take my CDs and burn them in. The first thing I did was figure out how to upload the albums in my Dell DJ 30 back to the computer. When I would load my Dell DJ, I would delete the songs off my hard drive because I knew there was a way to reload it. I reloaded everything and then transferred to iTunes…..the most I had to do was change a few details and update some cover artwork but the process was simple. Good thing too because I had some bands in the DJ with a ton of albums: KISS, Sabbath, Maiden, Priest, UFO, Saxon, MSG, Scorpions, Dio. Once I got everything into iTunes, I started uploading more CDs and I’ve been storing everything on an external hard drive. It’s been a long process because I’ve been stopping and listening to a lot of lost classics. The other iPod project was loading my daughter’s Nano with selected classics from KISS, Saxon, David Lee Roth, Ozzy, and AC/DC and transferring everything she had on the computer’s hard drive to the external.

Collectorz.com – Music Collector
I have had the Music Collector software for four years and I still haven’t catalogued my CD collection. When I bought it a few years ago, I started a list but then we started house hunting, bought a house, moved, etc. My collection lived in various states for the last few years and, now that they are organized, I decided to get a new start cataloging them.

Posters & Pictures
Another Metal hobby of mine is collecting posters and pictures of my favorite bands and albums. I have a ton of old poster and promo flats that I’ve picked up from local record stores and Ebay and I have been able to snag some black & white promo shots of bands on Ebay. After 3 years of being in my house, my wife and I decided we might as well decorate and the upstairs music room is all mine so I’ve been going through things deciding which ones to frame.

So that’s where I’m at now but I should be back blogging soon. My collections have renewed life and that also makes my interest renewed, hopefully I can translate that into some consistent posts…..

Making the List: My project for 2008

I have a lot of CDs but I have no idea how many I actually have. I probably own somewhere between 2500 and 3500 but not having an actual count, and inventory, bothers me. I’m a very anal person when it comes to my music collection, so much so that even my wife thinks I’m crazy!

As many of you have read before, I bought a house and moved in on Halloween 2006. When I was in my apartment, I had three beautiful wood CD cases that showcased my collection. Those cases didn’t fit in my new master bedroom (low ceilings) so they lie on the floor and keep things organized to a point. Before that, my collection resided in the moving boxes.

Everything is organized meticulously so I know where everything is but sometimes the mind fails and I forget what I actually have. The last few times I’ve gone out on CD hunts, I’ve brought my Want List but I didn’t have a “master list” of what I own. I can spend hours in a record store finding hidden treasure but sometimes I forget if I have some of the things I’m finding. I used to have a list that I made in 1998 using Microsoft Works, I updated it everytime I acquired a new album. Unfortunately, that list was deleted and I would have to start from scratch, an ominous task with thousands of albums and so little free time. Nontheless, I have decided to make a “master list” of my collection.

Late in 2006, I purchased the Collectorz Music Collector software and I actually started putting CDs into the database. I’m up to 256, a small fraction of what I have! So I have decided to make this my project for 2008 and my hope is that I will be able to post a full and complete list here at Heavy Metal Addiction.

I’m wondering how many readers out there have done the same thing. How many of you have a list of what albums are in your collection? For those who know how many, let’s hear those totals!