Consistency

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I mentioned yesterday that perhaps the single most important aspect of a music library is maintaining consistency in the way you tag and list your albums and tracks.

When you go to look for Mozart and there are 5 listings for him: Mozart Wolfgang, Mozart Amadeus Wolfgang, Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus and then the various misspelling of Amadeus you get the idea of what that will look like when you’re scrolling through your iPad.

It would seem simple that when you look for Mozart there’s only one listing. It’s only simple when it’s done right and getting it right takes a bit of prep and thought.

When you want to listen to the Beach Boys, do you first go to Boys, Beach? If that seems silly and counter intuitive you’re right – but it does stay with a consistent convention established by Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus.

Tomorrow I’ll share with you how I do it.