Tracking Your Music Collection

Computer users who have a large music collection can use gmmusic to

track their entire collection. Built as a desktop application using the

popular PostgreSQL database to store all the music information, gmmusic

lets you organize your disc collection as well as look up songs by

artist, search for your favorites, and track all of the discs you own.

Gmmusic, which can be downloaded at

http://gmmusic.sourceforge.net/prog/gmmusic.en.html, takes advantage of

Gtk-Perl (http://www.gtkperl.org) for Perl routines that create Gtk-and

GNOME-based user interfaces on a desktop system. This fits in well with

the GNOME desktop and hides all of the database access.

Gmmusic depends on a number of other Perl modules, which makes

installation a bit difficult. If you have ever installed Perl modules or

used the GNU configure scripts, then gmmusic should not be all that hard

to install. Most of the required packages come with modern Linux

distributions. For example, just about every Linux distribution includes

the PostgreSQL database.

Gmmusic uses freedb (http://www.freedb.org), an online database of disc,

artist, and track (song) information, as a free replacement for cddb,

the now-commercial database that also holds the same type of

information. Cddb has proven quite controversial since it became

commercial.

If you have a large number of CDs, as I do, then you will never have

time to enter in data about each disc. That's why one of the best

features of gmmusic is the ability to insert a CD and have it look up

the information using freedb. Most of the disc information is

automatically entered, which saves you a lot of typing. Gmmusic does not

support this feature on all platforms, though.

One of the scariest features is that gmmusic can tell you the value of

your collection, or, at least, how much you paid for all your discs.

Also with gmmusic, you can create the CD case inserts for your disks,

listing all the songs. You then print out the inserts, cut then down to

fit a jewel case, and place in the CD case. This is quite helpful for

CDs you burn yourself.

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