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I've heard that it is possible to get my existing mp3 collection into the repo without re-ripping. Something to do with File Tags? If anyone can point me in the right direction I'd be grateful. I'm an absolute beginner so be gentle please.

-Randy
You can use either
1) the JRMC (J Rivers Media Center) driver
1a) to scan your hard disk
1b) Export the database to an XML format
1c) load into CQC

or
2) the iTunes driver. I don't know how to use this one.
Thanks for the quick response!

Here's what Dean said that I'm looking for clarification on:
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Another option for you, which didn't exist at the time probably when you were given JR as the only option, is the FileTag repository. It just scans the directory for embedded ID3 tags.
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Do you know of documentation about the FileTag repository? Also, if I go with J River, how do I get started with that? I can't find tutorial videos on it. Thanks again.
oh yeah, that came out after I switched to the CQSL Repo and re-ripped all my CDs.

Absolutely zero clue on the FileTag, but honestly I'd recommend reading up on that first as native functionality within CQC is going to be cleaner than an external program.

No tutorial that I know of with JRMC, but it's pretty simple. this is from memory, I haven't done this in 12+months so hopefully I don't miss anything:
1) Download & Install it.
2) Configure it to uncheck the "store images in tags" box. I *think* that's in the Tools.Options, or maybe in the Import setting, I can't remember as it's been a while.
3) Configure it to use UNC to reference the song files (ie, scan \\SERVER\PATH, not G:\PATH). Make sure that's a network shared location.
4) Scan your folders.
5) Export the library to XML
6) In CQC's Admin Interface, go to the "Administer Server Drivers", press "add driver", add a JRMC driver, point it at the XML file above. It's best to add the driver on the same machine that houses the music, for network bandwidth/speed purposes.

From there, the UI building process is the same as any of the other repo's, which I think there are tutorials for. There's also that auto-generate wizard that's now in CQC, but I haven't used it as I built my screens before it was available.
I'm looking for resources so that I can read up on File Tag repo. Can you point me towards some information?
I stumbled onto a FileTag driver under "Administer Server Drivers". It was similar to the Tutorial video from there.

Thanks again.

-Randy
If you go to the supported devices section, under Media Repositories, there is the Embedded File Tag repository, which will describe it.
I've just stated to look at scanning all my CDs and am looking at the Embedded File Tag repo as an option so I can rip them as MP3s for multi use. However, before I do that or into the native CQSL Repo, what is the difference between the two as far as functionality. What will I be missing if I use the Embedded File Tag repo?
The primary difference is really just in how you as the administrator manage the repository and how you get new info into it. There's no real difference from the perspective of the end user or what you can do in CQC. All repositories basically look the same to CQC.
Dean Roddey Wrote:The primary difference is really just in how you as the administrator manage the repository and how you get new info into it. There's no real difference from the perspective of the end user or what you can do in CQC. All repositories basically look the same to CQC.
I didn't think you could have multiple collections within a title set using the Embedded File Tag repo. How would you do that? I may want the ability to have just one CD image on my main CAB for CDs that have multiple disks. That way you click on it and the individual disks then show in a popup.

Also..are playlists supported using the Embedded File Tag repo?
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