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Sort your music

Terminal - Sort your music
for file in *.mp3;do mkdir -p "$(mp3info -p "%a/%l" "$file")" && ln -s "$file" "$(mp3info -p "%a/%l/%t.mp3" "$file")";done
2009-08-05 17:04:34
User: matthewbauer
Functions: file ln mkdir
Sort your music

This will mv all your mp3 files in the current directory to $ARTIST/$ALBUM/$NAME.mp3

Make sure not to use sudo - as some weird things can happen if the mp3 file doesn't have id3 tags.


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Or use symlinks or hardlinks (mv -> ln) for multiple sorted views of the same set of files.

Comment by bwoodacre 449 weeks and 5 days ago

Good work!

Comment by spaceyjase 449 weeks and 5 days ago

Here's a bash script that works a little better (I just can't figure out how to fit it all on one line.


for file in "[email protected]"


ARTIST="$(mp3info -p %a "$file")"

if [ -z "$ARTIST" ]




ALBUM="$(mp3info -p "%l" "$file")"

if [ -z "$ALBUM" ]




NAME="$(mp3info -p "%t" "$file")"

if [ -z "$NAME" ]


NAME="$(mp3info -p "%f" "$file")"

if [ -z "$NAME" ]





mkdir -p "$ARTIST/$ALBUM"

ln "$file" "$ARTIST/$ALBUM/$NAME.mp3"


Comment by matthewbauer 448 weeks and 6 days ago

Your point of view

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