I don’t file music by genre, since any decent media manager/player will allow you to browse by the genre metadata tags.
I’d recommend a media storage that reflects your physical collection. I use a very simple four-level hierarchy:
Where <source> is where it came from (my ripped CDs, purchased downloads, free downloads, etc). This is an optional level of hierarchy.
Once you have imported your music into a library, you can browse by whatever metadata fields you like, including the physical file structure (‘By Folder’). That is, assuming your metadata tags are correct and complete…
I’d also recommend that all track filenames are prefixed with a leading-zero track number, which will give you the correct track order in even the most basic of media players (using alphanumeric sort order). e.g.
I’ve got my Albums arranged similar to yours.
2 different directories.
Never tried BubleUpnP
I’ll give it a try.
I read about the Twonky DLNA setup & use.
I’m pretty sure it correctly setup.
The Music player I have recognizes my Cloud and let me connect & play music found there.
Meta-Data (MD) is displayed for each song, but is arranged as a list.
No capability of categorizing the MD to play a whole album.
I would think that would be standard with all music players (but the ones I tried don’t).
Couple of suggestions. iTunes sometimes does a poor job at structuring music folders and tagging media files, especally if one uses iTunes to rip audio CD’s. I’ve resorted to using other programs (Mp3Tag and Media Monkey) at times to fix various metadata tagging issues and file naming issues.
As mentioned above if you don’t use the Album name as a folder name then using the View by Folder option in the DLNA player most likely won’t work. I always tag my files thus: \<artist name>\<album name>\<track number track name>
For example: \Sugarland\Enjoy The Ride\01 Settlin'.mp3
It also helps to ensure the media is properly tagged with as much info as possible including using the Album and Artist fields. I found that using leading zeros for the initial file text name (example: 01, 02, 03, etc.) and for the track number solves certain playback problems where tracks play out of album order or pay alphabetically on certain DLNA clients/devices.
If you plan to use iTunes Media Library that you copied from a PC or Mac its important to copy over the entire iTunes Media folder and subfolders otherwise iTunes may not properly. One should also change the media file location for iTunes to point to the new location on the My Cloud NAS.
I started downloading my music back to my hard-drive so I could use a program (Jaikoz) I found, to search for the meta data for songs I have.
The program works great, if you buy the full version…
After three 5 minute opening-closing-running-the-program sessions, I deleted Jaikoz.
Not worth a plug nickel unless you purchase the program (my opinion).
(It did find the 20 song meta-data each session, but takes way to long for me)
I downloaded the app BubbleUPnP and it worked great!
I had already configured Twonky Server many moons ago, and now I turned off I-tunes (which was only used for a week because I thought I needed it for meta-data).
BubbleUPnP found all my music, let me pick the category I wanted to list my music by and it works like a charm!
Thanks guys for your help!
I’ve got my music streaming and it’s works great with BubbleUPnP!
I will buy it to help out the programmers…