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While I am working on something I can hear different kind of sounds, but has to be without vocals. Only music fine, people singing and my concentration goes to hell.
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The black keys, System of a down, Offspring, ACDC, Green Day, The Fratellis, The Hives, Motley Crue, Arctic monkeys, Dire Straits, ...
In the software area use MusicBee (which upgrades automatically and silently) allows playlists and remembers the last played song.
In the hardware area I use a set of KEF EGG loudspeakers with a nice DAC and a set of Beoplay H9 3rd gen headphones from Bang & Olufsen.
At work, most of the time it's smooth jazz, some New Age, 70's funk, 80's pop, 90's modern rock. Rick Braun, Waymon Tisdale, Dave Koz, Jeff Golub, Candy Dulfer, to name a few. Usually no vocals, but that's not a requirement. I have a 200GB microSD card in my phone with my entire music library on it. I listen using a venerable pair of Sony MDV-900 studio headphones I paid $240 for 25 years ago. I looked at replacing them a while back, and the contemporary model was >$1000 . I'll keep buying replacement ear pads every 3-4 years, thank you.
Going to and from work I tend to keep music with vocals in the car, where I sing along. My steering wheel is in therapy as a result . I like female singers with big, expressive voices like Oleta Adams, Gladys Knight, Queen Latifah (aka Dana Owens), Chaka Khan. Male vocalists, I'm all over the map - Frank Sinatra to Rick Astley (yes, the rick-rolling guy) to Al Jarreau to Ozzy. I'm also fascinated by a capella groups like Rockapella and Take 6.
"I intend to live forever - so far, so good." Steven Wright
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I listen to Spotify (free version, I have almost 1000 songs and I add on average, 2 or so a month) playing through an iPad to a Bluetooth speaker I can move around (it lasts almost 2 working days, about 20 hours, and is easy to recharge). I'm currently working from home, but I used it while in the office (and will again, if we ever have to go back). I don't mind the ads, strange as that seems. My collection is a mix of hits that I like: music from the 50s (a few), 60s (more), 70s (majority), 80s (less than or tied with the 70s, I think), 90s (less than the 80s), and so on by decade, diminishing to a few current hits. My collection of artists are all over the place: Barry Manilow, Beach Boys, Monkees, Four Seasons, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Frank Sinatra, Muppets (I like "Rainbow Collection" from Kermit the Frog), and a couple of songs I have a history with that bring back memories ("Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" was the song I used to audition as a DJ for a local radio station, which helped start my part-time-while-attending-college job, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" was the last song I played every Saturday night at midnight when I logged off the local radio station and shut down the transmitter for the night). Music is a background killing "noise" that I've used all through the school years to concentrate. It's served me well and I hope it continues to do the job!
I am listening to my ripped CD library using Foobar2000 (free, recommended).
Current list has Harry Chapin, Carole King, Marty Robbins, Willie Nelson, ELO, Eagles, Joe Bonamassa, Robin Trower, Merle Haggard, The Kinks, The Cult, The Doobies and The Beatles.
"Alexa, shuffle songs by (insert artist/group name here)" is my approach. This week, it's been Jimmy Buffett, if I want something peaceful it's Classical Piano, etc. Or alternatively "Alexa, play 70s Rock Radio from Pandora" if I don't want to bother specifying something. The advantage to that is that if the phone rings, as I reach to pick it up a simple "Alexa Pause" shuts it off until "Alexa Continue" restarts it. Amazon already knows far too much about me, so I don't worry about giving them even more - besides, it will probably screw up their algorithms, trying to figure out how Waylon & Willie, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Bach, and Fire on the Mountain: Reggae Celebrates The Grateful Dead correlate.
I have been scouring the Interwebs for an existing over-the-counter solution, but so far they have all been quite unable to handle the complexity of classical music, where instead of just having an artist, title, contents and CD data, you need composer, conductor, orchestra, principal artist(s), cadenza composer, different composers on the same CD und so weiter. If anybody knows of such a thing, speak now, or forever hold your peace, because I'll be sure to come look you up if you let me know after I start to roll my own.
Since it seems certain that I am going to have to roll my own to get some sort of order out of chaos for my 2,000+ classical CDs, I would appreciate any suggestions for a database appropriate to such purpose - anything but Access - not because Access couldn't do the job, but because I am up to here *raises hand to brow* with clients insisting to use Access when the right tool for the job was SQL Server. Still, better then using Excel, I suppose... (yes, I have seen this where any DB would have been a better choice).
Any suggestions of a suitable DB would be most welcome, but being more or less retired now, I will be spending a lot of time looking at the user interface, so something that can be prettied up would be nice. Queries in some flavour of SQL would be nice too.
I use iTunes which provides most of the details you want. And the best part is that you just need to import the CDs (finished the latest set today) and iTunes finds the details. You also have the chance to modify the details if they are not exactly right. Since iTunes is free it is easy to import a couple of your CDs and see if it satisfies your requirements.
Thanks for the suggestion, but I hate iTunes with a passion ever since my wife managed to synchronize every picture on her PC to her iPad, thereby rendering it useless, as they couldn't be removed since she had changed laptop.