[Dixielandjazz] CD database software for Macs

Dan Augustine ds.augustine at mail.utexas.edu
Tue Aug 19 22:21:54 PDT 2003

>From: RAHBerry at aol.com
>Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2003 21:56:22 EDT
>Does anyone know of a good cd database software program for Macs?
>Rae Ann
Rae Ann and DJML--
     Well, i've looked at a couple of the ones mentioned here, but i'm 
just too lazy to abandon my FileMaker Pro database that i customized 
for my collection. It's very easy to use (MUCH easier than Microsoft 
Access, which i still haven't figured out yet), so that all you do is 
define your fields, create as many different layouts as you want, 
then type in (or import) the data, which can include graphics.  Excel 
is also easy to use, but i'm used to FileMaker.  On the other hand, 
it's gotten kind of expensive: $279.95, the discount price at 
MacWarehouse, at 
     However, you can also use it for all kinds of other 
database-applications. I keep my beer-list on it (890 brands of beers 
i've had so far and counting), my list of favorite books and authors, 
a calendar of dixieland-festivals and what bands are appearing at 
each one, dixieland songs from all my CD's with info on the personnel 
and song-history for each one, and so forth.  I also use it to print 
up the CD liner-notes and picture when i create a CD.
     That said, you can probably find a cheap, shareware, or free 
CD-cataloger somewhere on the internet, if you don't need a lot of 
bells and whistles (as we say in the programming-trade).  Others have 
mentioned MusicMatch, and there's always iTunes, and one called 
Brian.  Depends what kind of and how much information you want to 
store, how you want to access or print it, and how much you like 
sitting for hours at your computer squinting at liner-notes and 
typing data into fields.

**  Dan Augustine     Austin, Texas     ds.augustine at mail.utexas.edu  **
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