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Old 03-28-2010, 10:32 PM   #1
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Default Copying shortcuts with Environment Variables across a network

I am trying to reorganize my music and I would like to have folders of Artists in my "My Music" with subfolders of their albums, but I would like another folder in "My Music" where music is broken down by the year it was released, and I will put singles in the respective year folder. To give you an example:

...My Music\Eminem\8 Mile\Lose Yourself.xxx
...My Music\Singles\2002\Lose Yourself.xxx

Obviously I could just have two of every file from all the artists but this seems like such a waste of space, is there a way I can set up a relative shortcut to the Singles folder from the 8 Mile subfolder in 'Eminem'?

I was thinking of creating shortcuts to each song into the Singles folder but when I would copy my music collection to an external hard drive or another computer, all the shortcuts will try to access a C: based directory.

I don't have an iPod and didn't add any id3 tags to any of my rips so I'd rather not mess with playlists, but if playlists allow for true relative paths then I will reconsider. There's got to be a way to do this.



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Old 03-29-2010, 12:05 PM   #2
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Okay, I think I'm onto something. I set up a new global environmental variable %MUSIC% to my point to my "My Music" folder and I can make shortcuts in the 8 mile folder that point to the year respective folder pretty easily, for example:

%MUSIC%\Singles\2002\Lose yourself.xxx

Only issue is when I will try and copy my music collection from one computer to another computer on my home network, all the shortcuts are converted to the network path directory, not the environment variable location. (I have the same %MUSIC% variable set up on both computers.)

EDIT: I could make this clearer.

The original shortcut would be:

%MUSIC%\Singles\2002\Lose Yourself.xxx

And after I copy over the network from my laptop to my desktop,
it automatically reconfigures the shortcut to point to:

\\Laptop\...\Music\Singles\2002\Lose Yourself.xxx


Is there a way to keep this from happening? I'll have the same environmental variable set up on my desktop so I want it to point to the music folder on my desktop computer, not my laptop directory obviously.

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Old 03-29-2010, 12:34 PM   #3
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Sorry I cannot help but I am curious why you are doing this. For the longest time i had one folder with no sub folders for my music since software playlists let me organize my music.
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:23 PM   #4
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A few reasons. I like folder structures over playlists. I like having all the Artists and Albums folders viewed as thumbnails in XP so that I can view album art and pictures of the artist as I browse. I like being able to copy this to an external hard drive and take it to someone else's pc and be able to browse just as easily with the same thumbnails with no special media player or software. (Each picture is named folder.jpg so it's universal.) It's easy to back this structure up, and easy to browse without playlists. I have over 10,000 songs, one big folder with a shit load of music will get tiring quick.

But sometimes I'll want to listen to a number of singles of a certain year instead of just a bunch of songs by the same artist, and none of my rips have tags so there is no year information and no easy way to browse through them.

I edited my second post with a little more information by the way.

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Old 03-29-2010, 01:45 PM   #5
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I do both. I have a folder structure "f: \music\genre\artists\album\track.mp3 and I use playlists in Winamp to manage. I also use ID3 tags. I used to do just folders, but I found it much easier and more streamlined to deal with ID3 tags and playlists.

I've never liked relative paths.
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Old 03-31-2010, 07:58 PM   #6
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Well relative paths would make everything so much more organized for me.


So the new problem is this (and my Google-fu appears to be weak):

How do I copy a shortcut with a set Environment Variable in its path across the network from my laptop to my desktop without my desktop reconfiguring that shortcut's path?

Using the example I stated before:

The original shortcut would be:

%MUSIC%\Singles\2002\Lose Yourself.xxx

And after I copy over the network from my laptop to my desktop,
it automatically reconfigures the shortcut on my desktop to point to:

\\Laptop\...\Music\Singles\2002\Lose Yourself.xxx

I want to keep it as %MUSIC%\...

Anyone got any ideas? Thread title edited to refer to new issue.

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