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Music Automatically find albums not in my collection?

Discussion in 'General' started by dullonien, 25 Jan 2013.

  1. dullonien

    dullonien Master of the unfinished.

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    Is there a program out there that can automatically scan my music collection and report which albums I don't currently have from the bands in my collection? I currently have 243 artists in my collection, and in order to check if they have released any new albums (or if there are albums I have missed) I have to go through each artist individually (or at least the bands that are still going), and check their wiki page to see if they have released anything new since the last time I'd checked. This obviously takes quite some time, and would like something that I could periodically check and that gives me all this information at a glance.

    I know there are programs that can monitor for new episodes of tv shows etc. so I was hoping there'd be something similar here.
     
  2. B1GBUD

    B1GBUD ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Accidentally Funny

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    What media player are you using and on which device?
     
  3. dullonien

    dullonien Master of the unfinished.

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    Currently running Zune on Windows 8. I'd be willing to install a different player for this purpose though (other than itunes, I refuse to install that piece of bloatware).
     
  4. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    I'm pretty sure Amazon would hit you with a stick every time a new release comes out. Just surf for all the bands you like, and buy one item from them.
     
  5. dullonien

    dullonien Master of the unfinished.

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    To be honest, I was hoping for something a little easier and more efficient than that. Doesn't look like there's a program available to do what I want, which is a little disappointing.

    The only thing I've come across is possibly using Last.fm to inform of upcoming new releases and live shows, still not quite what I was after though.
     
  6. specofdust

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    Hiya mate, this sort of thing plagues me too.

    The best I've found is album reminder (http://www.albumreminder.com/).

    They e-mail you every time a new release comes out by a band in your list of bands. Now, if you're like me, you've got more than a few bands in your collection. What you can do is load your tunes into Itunes and upload the playlist. It'll read the ID3 tags and add every artist in your collection. The irritating thing here is that it'll only add the first 5000 artists of each music collection, so you may need to make quite a few playlists and upload manually, still, shouldn't take more than an hour or so, only need to do it once. Every time you discover a new band just slam the name in manually and then album reminder e-mail you every time one or more of your bands releases some new albums.
     
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  7. dullonien

    dullonien Master of the unfinished.

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    That looks like the best solution so far. I don't need to worry about the 5000 artist limit, as I'm only on 243 (and I thought that was quite a bit!). I do only have full albums though (often full discographies), so don't have single songs under different artists.

    Does it have to be iTunes? Really not keen on even having to install that pos software!

    Edit. Ended up just manually adding the artists. Very impressed with this website so far. Already see that there are plenty of albums I've missed from some bands recently.
     
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    Itunes, Last.fm, Mediamonkey, or a manully created artist list. For me, Itunes was simplest because I use foobar on a day to day basis but have Itunes installed for my Ipod. Use whichever is simplest. I mean with 243 I guess you could add the titles by hand if you desire to.

    But yeah, great website. I'd been looking for something this since 2005, and discovered it last year. Happy, happy days.
     

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