Another geeky tech post, for anyone experiencing my frustration keeping their music backed up and usable across multiple PCs.
There is a terrific free utility (synchback) that performs a comparison and update across networked drives, only the method Media Player chooses to name and arrange folders isn’t consistent. This is in part because there may be several CD versions of a given song (foreign, compilations, bonus tracks, etc). Then, after synchronizing, individual library indexes are corrupt (this can be repaired, but is an annoyance).
The solution/remedy was simple. As with the patient who, after complaining “it hurts when I do this,” has his doctor tell him “don’t do that,” only enable the setting when necessary. Even leaving it enabled accidentally creates a major headache. In addition to the new songs intended to catalog, WMP wants to happily go about rearranging the entire collection. A minor change in the file names or directory structure creates a ripple.
So I write my experience in case anyone else ends up googling for an answer or at least a sympathetic ear. That’s what blogs are for, as far as I’ve determined. While relaxing and watching TV will consider whether I’ve ever simply enjoyed music directly from a PC. Perhaps the real pleasure is the challenge in maintaining organization.