Just would like to get into this thread for some ideas -
For me, I've used MS Access
for years (and still do) for my Classical & Non-Classical
music collections (separate files) - for the classical file, my categories include: Individual (composer or performer), Title, Performer, Label, Label #, Year, and Number (i.e. number of discs in the offering); also have the program sum up the number of offerings (i.e. box sets count as 1) and the number of CDs. The report printout options are quite detailed so many choices. PROBLEM - the program is TOO damn complicated for me as a casual user - bottom line, works well but not sure that I'd recommend it, particularly for the cost if your only purpose is to tract your personal needs.
My main issue now in retirement (since June 2011) is that I no longer need MS Office
on my home computer(s) - before I needed to maintain compatibility w/ my work computer; so what to do? Plus, I'm contemplating a new computer in the fall once Apple & MS releases their newest OSs - after so many years w/ PCs, wife & I may return to our computer beginnings (i.e. an Apple II+ in 1980) - we've looked at the iMacs at the local Apple store & at Best Buy - could change? If that is the case, I would likely convert my Access databases via Excel and then import them into Apple's iWorks (i.e. Numbers) unless other solutions are available; now if I stick w/ a PC (and Windows Eight), then I still would not want to use Access.
Nearly a year ago, I bought an iPad 2 for no good reason but it has replaced our laptops on the road and is a lot of fun - recently put on an app called 'My Movies' (CHECK HERE
, if interested?), mainly to track my Blu-ray collection (mostly DVD replacements) - a neat aspect of this program is the use of the rear camera to read the bar code on the BD; once read the image of the disc and much information about the movie is automatically entered into the program; just have about 60 BDs in the database so far. NOW, would this be an interesting approach to a music collection?