Back in the day when pirating music was a big thing, and having large mp3 collections was considered to be geeky, I too had an impressive 40 GB collection. Remember, when I say “back in the day” I am talking about the time when internet was all dial-up and the fastest broadband available to us was 128kbps.
40GB of mp3s is more than you can listen to in a lifetime, and knowing this did not stop me from acquiring this, and much much more. Not all these were downloaded from the net, I, personally preferred ripping cds that friends and relatives and neighbors had. Now, as you can imagine, organizing these MP3s was a bitch. The regular mp3-pirate was expected to know what tools to use and how to keep the library organized. So we used tools like music brain picard, tagmp3, mediamonky and (my favorite) foobar2000. These lovely tools, used correctly would ensure that our mp3s were tagged, categorized and organized in the folder structure of our choice.
But all these tools were useless if you did not follow the golden rule: Tag at source. Once there was a few GBs of untagged stuff on your hard drive, it was next to impossible to make sense of it. And every pirate knew this, that if you dont tag at source, you are going to end up with useless music and since the biggest hard-drives you have was 80GB, that was a lot of dead space.
Funny thing, this rule- expanded as “Sort at source” works for a whole lot of stuff. The ebooks you download, your clothes that need folding/sorting, and generally any task that is recurrent and piles up.
Do it as close to source as possible.