I have a music collection of 11,000+ CDs stored on shelves in order by artist.

I recently purchased a handy barcode scanner (for various reasons) and I would like to scan the UPC of these CDs and put them in a catalog. It would also be nice if the software could obtain the track and artist information and the cover art from a public database of these details.

What would be a good software application to use?

I'm looking just to catalog the CD metadata, not the actual music MP4 files. There are a number of applications that are "taggers", but these will not suit my needs as I do not intend to "digitize" this collection.

Windows or Mac.


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Collectorz.com Music Collector

  • btw, I have no association whatsoever with any of the software mentioned.
    – nidunc
    Apr 18, 2014 at 22:17
  • Very helpful comments. I had looked at the Collectorz app and found the user interface to be somewhat dated and cumbersome. The other two are worthy candidates.
    – user18539
    Apr 19, 2014 at 17:49
  • Just wanted to add that I am testing Readerware (readerware.com). I have used my scanner to digitize about 100 CDs from my collection. The software searches Amazon.com and a number of other international sources to get CD information and tracks, but it takes a good minute to process the results for about 25 discs. Not a bad application if used sporadically, but it would be nice to have something stronger and faster. Also, i haven't been able to scan a barcode from the old BMG music service and get it locate the disc.
    – user18539
    Apr 19, 2014 at 17:54
  • I'm happy to hear you've also done some research yourself (I could've mentioned more software, but then the list would've been quite big). You'll probably find problems - minor or major - in every product you use... Well, I don't believe in 'perfect software' myself anyway (even paid). Good luck with trying out the software!
    – nidunc
    Apr 19, 2014 at 18:23
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    Done. Used collectorz.com as first part.
    – nidunc
    Apr 20, 2014 at 10:58

OrangeCD Catalog

  • Costs $34.95 (around €25.30 atm) 'per computer'
  • Has a fully-functional 30-day trial
  • 90-day money back guarantee and free life-time upgrades. They even offer a CD with the software! Wow...
  • Supports barcode scanner (CueCat barcode recommended, website says - whatever)
  • You can "search web sites like eBay, Amazon, or Google for album price or information"
  • You can track who borrows your CD's (might be handy with so many CD's)
  • Supports Racks & Tags
  • You can add all kinds of (custom) information for tracks, albums and artists
  • More features on 13
  • Screenshots
  • Supports Windows up to and including Vista. "OK, guys, I'll just pretend you said it supports 7 and 8 too"
  • Latest update on 27th of February of... drumroll This year! Impressive, but not as impressive as Collectorz Music Collector
  • Dutch review on PCM here: OrangeCD Catalog 6 | PCM

CD Storage Master

  • Firstly: it's paid software. Standard Version: $29.95 (€21.68); Professional Version: $59.95 (€43.40)
  • (yes, it has a free trial, with limits)
  • Don't see anything about a CD limit (except for the trial version, but that's to be expected)
  • It supports barcode scanners
  • It supports real CD's, but also all kinds of music files. And it can also be used to catalog movies, "data" and games
  • Supports Amazon and CDDB
  • More features, and differences between different versions here: "Features - A powerful CD (...)"
  • It does have one catch: the last version was released on the 29th of April 2011. But this probably isn't such a big problem.
    Windows XP, 2000, ME, 98, NT, Vista, 7
    (and probably also Windows 8)
  • Couldn't find any reviews for it

So, a lot to explore, 'ey? (I found this comparison of software from 2009 that might help you a bit)

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