Managing music collections with the EAR system
Now that we are familiar with the EAR system, let's get the action, and put EARs to work. Our job is to listen carefully, and fill in the Ear cards. see Filling the EAR card.
The rating process of each album is pure fun. It is a satisfying continuing value time process. Each rated card inserted into an album, is an accomplishment, and with each accomplishment, our satisfaction is to grow. Having our music ranked, rated, and tagged for years of countless hearings to come, is a reward to our ears.
For filled in cards (rated by our fellow listeners), check out our reviews section.
Proper Listening habits
We probably listen 80% of the time to only 20% of our music collection. This is a common “misbehavior” of wrong listening habits. Wrong listening habits are partially due to laziness, but mainly for the lack of knowledge. We get punished twice for these mistakes:
a) The often repeated plays of few titles, “burn out” these favorites into despicable music.
b) Second punishment is having the majority of our collection “out of service” neglected and not enjoyed.
With the useful information of album ratings, we can re-organize our entire collection into
groups, and enjoy all albums at all times.
(You will understand the "grouping" arrangement after you
complete reading this page).
Rule of proper listening habits
Majority of albums should be easily accessible and grouped together, rotated regularly and “in service”. These albums should be placed
(within each group) by their recent use: An album that was recently played goes to the end of the list. Next album to be heard should preferably come from the beginning of the list. For convenience of use, albums should be placed on shelves, as books are placed.
Arranging our CD collection
Your complete rated collection should be grouped, preferably into three groups:
Frequent Play Group , with the highest rating albums and new releases that have not yet been "digested".
Rare Play Group , with the lowest rating albums and older average albums that have been "burnt out" within the years.
Regular Play Group , with moderate and average ratings.
Your proper listening behavior should allow you listen to all of your collection wisely by adopting the following scheme:
Listen to your entire collection with priority of more listenings to the higher leveled groups. Within each group, listen to your albums in rotation. Repeat, within the group itself, the albums are to be played in rotation, and placed by their recent use (and not by their ratings).
Adopting this scheme, you will enjoy your entire collection at all times.
These are the basic guidelines for proper listening habits, but you could of course adopt your own preferences, and experience similar avenues.
This grouping arrangement will allow perfect rotation, with a balanced dosage of quality music (highly rated), and recent releases, together with the moderate and the lower rated music. We thus have a complete fulfilling experience enjoying our entire music collection.
To avoid any misunderstandings, let's repeat and summarize the arrangement principle: Music is to be grouped into three main groups by the album ratings: Highly rated group, moderate group, and finally low rated music. Inside and within each group, albums will be placed and played not by rating, but by their recent of use. Rotation within each group will provide efficient coverage of our complete collection. Higher rated group will be played frequently, and lower rated group will be played rarely. This will insure fair use of our complete music collection.
Albums could also be grouped by many other preferences, such
as: genre, style, year of release, alphabetically and other such
We have earlier discussed grouping by ratings. Our definite recommendation is a combination grouping by the genre/style and by rating. Meaning, music will be physically arranged by style, but within each style – grouped by the play group system discussed earlier.
New systems do tend to be awkward at the beginning. Reading the
concept once again, will clear up things.
Who can benefit from the advantages of EARs?
* Casual listeners – can enjoy fast selected music, and get familiar with their CD content. There would be no more “search and play” but rather “pick and play”. They will now enjoy quick and smart music selection.
* Owners of large collections – can organize their music and cd's with the primary assistance of the albums ratings, following system rules explained earlier. They will also enjoy quick smart music selection. Long time forgotten releases shall be revived and familiar within a glance. No more forgotten music.
* Online cd stores - will attract customers to a new innovative rating system.
EARs is a refreshing alternative to the traditional AMG.
There is so much music available today. The number of new releases is only increasing, and music collections are growing in size. The need for handling these collections and managing music, are now finally answered. The EAR system will provide for the first time, practical management and organization of these music collections. Whether it's Rock, or Classic, Jazz or Blues, Metal, Soul, Pop or R&B - users of all musical styles will benefit from the many advantages of our EAR system.
Let us know about your experience!
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Using the ART technique - filling the EAR Card
Concept of EARs