I bought all the same music when it came out on cassette tapes. Why? More convenience and portability. Then I bought it all again on CDs. Why? More convenience, portability, and improved sound. Physical media might be a dying breed but here’s how you can organize a media museum.
Dinosaur Platters & Pages
A few years ago I invested in a bunch of Pedia apps. Think of what iTunes and iPhoto do for music and photographs, and you’ll get the idea.
Bookpedia let you organize books in a Mac database. Ditto for DVDpedia, CDpedia, and Gamepedia. For a few years all my books and digital media were neatly organized.
Little did I realize that it would become a museum, but that’s what it is.
DVDpedia, Bookpedia, Gamepedia, and CDpedia are standalone Mac apps which organize your dinosaur library of media.
The library, or, rather, libraries, are rapidly becoming a breed of dinosaurs as much of what I once collected and stored on my Mac is available online.
The Pedia apps are user friendly, useful (they gather and store information just like a physical library), but get used less and less.
To be fair about all these Pedia apps, they do what they do as well as any app could be expected– collect and store useful information about each DVD, CD, book, or game– for your individual collection.
What has happened is that iPhone and iPad apps now make it easier to find information about anything. There are plenty of apps about movies and with every detail you could imagine. The same holds true for music CDs, books, and games.
If you want to know something, well, there’s an app for that; often free, usually no more than a few dollars, but a visit to the Mac App Store to stock up on the Pedia collection of apps will set you back almost $80.
I don’t know of a better way to find, collect, and manage a collection of media information than the Pedia apps, but every time I open one of the apps to add some an entry for digital music or movie or books obtained online, I feel like I’m stepping into a digital dinosaur museum.