Music comes in many forms, much of it is now digital, but depending on your age, there may be physical items in your home that contain music. Properly storing all types of musical media is important, so you can easily find and enjoy listening to your music collection. Let’s take a look at the different ways music is stored in our lives, and explore ways to better organize them.
The best way to store vinyl records is vertically in their sleeves. Stacking records flat on top of one another can cause damage. Choose boxes, crates or shelves deep enough to hold records. Here are some options:
It is best to store 8-track tapes on their side, so you’ll be easily able to see the titles and retrieve and put away 8-tracks. Something like this storage rack will work well if you’re an 8-track tape collector:
Audio cassettes are best stored in their original plastic cases. If you have a large collection, storing the cassettes on their side with the title spine facing out will work well. If you want portable storage, custom cassette zippered bags will help protect your cassettes.
You can store audio CDs on shelves, in bags or boxes. The way you store them depends on the size of your collection and how often you want to access these CDs. Here are a few options:
Analog Music Media Storage Tip
Please store analog media in a climate controlled area to prevent damage to your collections. Do not store in spaces such as garages, attics and basements. Mold, dirt, dust, and extreme temperature changes can easily ruin records, tapes, audio cassettes and CDs.
Digitize if You Prefer
Once your analog collection is organized, you may want to convert music to a digital format, or for nostalgia, memorabilia, or listening pleasure, you may want to keep your physical musical media.
Digital Music File Storage Tips
If you prefer to get your music digitally, there are streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora that you can subscribe to.
If you prefer to store music on your hard drive or use a service such as iTunes to buy and download music files, be sure to back up your digital music library. Use cloud storage, external hard drives or flash drives to help prevent losing your music files.
Whatever you decide, be sure to organize your music collection in a way that makes sense to you so you can easily find a song when you want to hear it.
Here are 3 common ways to organize music:
- By Genre
- Alphabetically by Artist
Choose the method that makes the most sense to you. With digital music files, you have the benefit of the search feature, but that’s not so with physical audio media. Also, you may want to cull your collection. If there are songs or artists you will never listen to again, sell, donate or give away your records, tapes, cassettes or CDs. If you store the music digitally, don’t be afraid to delete song files you do not enjoy listening to, to free up some space on your digital devices.
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