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Your Wish List

Getting Started » Your Wish List

Music Collector can be a great help in keeping track of the albums you plan to buy or watch: your Wish List. The “Collection Status” field You control the status of an album in your collection with the Collection Status field. Possible values for this…

Managing your Wish List

Managing your Database » Managing your Wish List

Contents Introduction Collection Status Filters Adding to your Wish List Controlling your Wish List Introduction Music Collector’s Wish List allows you to keep track of albums you desire, but don’t yet own. You can add albums directly to your wish…

Add, Edit, Merge List Items

Managing your Database » Maintenance » Add, Edit, Merge List Items

With every album you add to your collection, Music Collector stores common information in Lists. These lists come in most handy when add, or edit new albums. All common information, such as Year, Genre, Format, Location, Owner, etc., is stored in Lists that you can…

Creating a Backup

Importing / Exporting » Creating a Backup

Automatic Database Backups Music Collector automatically keeps multiple time-stamped backups of your database file The software keeps multiple time-stamped database backups, saved to your Backups folder as “[yourdatabasename].*.MUCP_[timestamp]…

How do I order as a gift?

Frequently Asked Questions » Software Licenses, Update Plans & CLZ Accounts » How do I order as a gift?

When ordering just enter your own name and email address, the license key and CLZ account will be generated with your name and all information will be sent to your email address. After ordering, simply contact us here and we will manually change the license name and…

How do I re-download the software for which I own a license?

Frequently Asked Questions » Software Licenses, Update Plans & CLZ Accounts » How do I re-download the software for which I own a license?

If you’d like to re-download the software you own, you can do so via your CLZ account.. This page is your personal access to your licenses and download links, to activate the free CLZ Cloud, to activate Update Plans, etc. Please select below what you’d…

Importing / Exporting

Importing / Exporting

Text/CSV import: Full import via Connect Limited import Export to Text/CSV/Excel: Export to Text / CSV Export to Excel Backup and Print: Creating a Backup Printing a Simple List

Different number of albums in desktop, cloud and app

Troubleshooting » CLZ Cloud Sync problems » Different number of albums in desktop, cloud and app

In some rare situations, your desktop, cloud and mobile app database can get “out-of-sync”, causing a different number of albums to be listed. The solution is simple, but may take some time. In short: Clear your CLZ Cloud. Upload your most up-to-date…

Editing Multiple Albums

Managing your Database » Edit Album Entries » Editing Multiple Albums

You can edit multiple albums in one go by using the Edit Multiple screen. !Edit Multiple is the only feature in Music Collector that overwrites existing data. Use it with great care. Editing Multiple Albums Make sure that the albums you want to edit are listed in…

User Defined Fields

Managing your Database » User Defined Fields

If you feel like you’re missing a field you really need for your collection, the Manage User Defined Fields screen comes in handy. Add User Defined Fields to your Album’s Edit Screen You can add User Defined Fields to your own User Tab in the Edit screen.…

Customizing Music Collector

Getting Started » Customizing Music Collector

Tens of thousands of users are using Music Collector and they all use it differently, with their own screen layout, sort settings and display styles. Here’s a quick overview of the customization settings the program offers: Templates and Styles Choose your own…

Quick Search

Browsing » Searching » Quick Search

The Quick Search box can be found top right of your screen. Type the artist/title or barcode of the album you wish to find and type “Enter” to perform the search. Music Collector will find your title, but it can also find other entries depending on what…

Import from iTunes

Importing / Exporting » Import from iTunes

To import your collection from iTunes you must first export it from iTunes into XML, then import that into Music Collector. Follow the steps below to import your collection from iTunes. Exporting from iTunes Start iTunes Click File > Library > Export…

Maintenance

Managing your Database » Maintenance

Update File Links Add, Edit, Merge List Items Re-assigning Index Numbers

Choosing Columns

Browsing » Choosing Columns

Contents Adding or Removing a Column Change the order of the columns Create/change a Saved Column Preset Adding or Removing a Column: To add or remove a column, first access the Column Field Selection screen: Windows: Click on menu View > Columns > Select…

Sorting your collection

Browsing » Sorting your collection

With your collection stored digitally on your computer, sorting your list in various different ways can be done in a few clicks: Click a Column Header Sorting on Multiple Fields Sorting by Artist/Title Sorting by Person fields Sorting on Date Added Click a…

Limited import

Importing / Exporting » Import from Text / CSV » Limited import

Contents Preparing for import Importing Updating your data Preparing for import With Music Collector you can import a .csv or text list. Music Collector’s text import is limited to these fields: Artist, Title, UPC (Barcode) and TOC. It is not possible to…

Edit Album Screen

Managing your Database » Edit Album Entries » Edit Album Screen

All editing takes place in the “Edit Album” screen, which you can open with the Edit button on the toolbar (blue pencil button) or by choosing Edit Album from the Edit menu. In this screen, you can find all the album’s properties, on multiple tab…

Loan Manager

Managing your Database » Loan Manager

Introduction Music Collector’s Loan Manager allows you to track albums that you’ve loaned, who you’ve loaned them to and when they are due to be returned. The Loan Manager can also warn you when an album on loan is overdue. Contents Loaning…

My albums aren’t sorted properly

Frequently Asked Questions » Your database and images » My albums aren’t sorted properly

albums from an artist aren’t sorted properly If you are finding that albums from a particular artist are not sorting correctly, you may have to check that artist’s information to correct his/her last name. Go to Tools > Manage Pick Lists. Select the…

What’s the difference between the Standard and the Pro edition?

Frequently Asked Questions » Software Licenses, Update Plans & CLZ Accounts » What’s the difference between the Standard and the Pro edition?

Extra Pro features that are not in the Standard edition: Queue Mode in Add Automatically screen: Save time by adding multiple items in batch, either by Title or by scanning multiple barcodes into the Search Queue in one go. Batch editing with the Edit Multiple…

Adding Multi-Disc Albums

Adding » Adding Multi-Disc Albums

Pro only: Adding a Multi-Disc album via the Add Automatically screen Adding Multi-Disc albums via the Add Albums Automatically screen requires Queue Mode. As Queue Mode is required, you must have a Pro license key. Follow the steps below to add a Multi-Disc album via…

Linking your albums for CLZ Cloud

CLZ Cloud / Core » Linking your albums for CLZ Cloud

Linking your albums for syncing with CLZ Cloud Before uploading your albums to CLZ Cloud from the Windows or Mac software, you can “link your albums”. Music Collector, CLZ Cloud and Linking Music Collector is built around our central online database:…

Warning: You need to sync the old way.

Troubleshooting » CLZ Cloud Sync problems » Warning: You need to sync the old way.

Before you can use the new CLZ Cloud 2.0 syncing, you need to make sure both the CLZ Cloud collection and your Local Database (on your computer/mobile device) are in sync. Sync the old way: When you get the error message, tap or click OK. Now you will be…

Grouping into Folders

Browsing » Grouping into Folders

Introduction Folder grouping allow you to browse your albums grouped into folders. Almost any field in Music Collector can be set as a folder group option. You can also create folder grouping within different folder grouping. Music Collector comes with a variety of…

Update File Links

Managing your Database » Maintenance » Update File Links

Your albums in Music Collector uses filepaths to show and open actual (image and digital music) files from their original location on your computer. It can only show/open these files if they are in the location that the filepath is telling Music Collector they are.…

Editing your album entries

Getting Started » Editing your album entries

Here’s how you can efficiently edit your album entries, e.g. to add personal information, like purchase info, notes, your own ratings, etc.. Editing a single album All editing takes place in the “Edit Album” screen, which you can open with the Edit…

Adding Albums Automatically

Adding » Adding Albums Automatically

Introduction The Add Albums Automatically screen is the fastest way to add albums to your database. It enables you to connect to our central database and download detailed information to your own collection. You can search by title or by barcode then add the albums…

Connection problems

Troubleshooting » Connection problems

If you have any kind of connection problems (e.g. no results in the Add Automatically screen), your best bet is to take a look at your firewall and/or router. Possible issues Things you can try Still having connection issues Possible issues: Music Collector…

Core, Cloud and Connect explained

Frequently Asked Questions » Syncing with CLZ Cloud / Connect » Core, Cloud and Connect explained

What is Core? Core is the central online database with our item data and cover images In other words, Core is the source of the automatic data and images you get when using the Add Automatically feature in any of our cataloging solutions. The desktop versions have…

Adding your first albums

Getting Started » Adding your first albums

Contents Introduction Creating your database Adding Albums Automatically By CDID By Artist/Title By Barcode By Catalog Number Introduction One of the main features of Music Collector is that it automatically gives you full album details and…

Delete Orphaned Images

Managing your Database » Maintenance » Delete Orphaned Images

Clean up your hard-disk by deleting all unused cover images and thumbnails. Open the tool using Tools > Maintenance > Delete Orphaned Images This tool scans your configured Images Folders to find all images that are not linked to your current database file. Browse…

Export to CLZ Music: “Device not found”

Troubleshooting » Export to CLZ Music: “Device not found”

If you can’t find your mobile device running CLZ Music using the “File > Export to > CLZ Mobile” with WiFi, there’s a few possible causes you can check to making it work: Contents Make sure you have Bonjour installed CLZ Music is not on the…

Software Licenses, Update Plans & CLZ Accounts

Frequently Asked Questions » Software Licenses, Update Plans & CLZ Accounts

How do I re-download the software for which I own a license? Can I use one license on more than one computer? How do I order as a gift? Do you charge extra for credit card orders?

Getting Started

Getting Started

Thanks for checking out Music Collector! To get started with Music Collector you’ll need to register for a free trial. There is no time limit with the trial desktop software, but you can only add 100 albums before the trial will automatically expire. If you…

Import from Text / CSV

Importing / Exporting » Import from Text / CSV

You can import an existing text or CSV file into Music Collector. The program has an import screen available with which you can import a limited set of fields: Full import via Connect Limited import

Export to Excel

Importing / Exporting » Export to Excel

Step 1: In Music Collector: Use the menu File > Export to > Text. Choose which fields you would like to export through the Fields button. Click ‘Browse’ to define a location for your export. Choose a filename for the export, and save as either .txt or…

Uploading Images

CLZ Cloud / Core » Synchronize with CLZ Cloud » Uploading Images

Music Collector will try to upsync cover images for albums that don’t already have a cover in the CLZ Cloud. The images are restricted to 500kb in size, if your images are larger than this, they won’t be uploaded. Images are only automatically upsynced to…

Full import via Connect

Importing / Exporting » Import from Text / CSV » Full import via Connect

To perform a full import from a text or CSV file you can use the Music Connect Import Tool. The steps consist of first importing all items into Music Connect, and then syncing those items from Music Connect to Music Collector on your computer. 1. Importing your…

Export to Text / CSV

Importing / Exporting » Export to Text / CSV

Here’s how you can export your collection to a text or CSV file: Click: File > Export to > Text… In the Export to Text screen, you can select the Sort Order (or use the Main Screen setting). You can also select the fields you want to export. Name your file…

Updating Music Collector

Licensing and Updating » Updating Music Collector

Here at Collectorz.com we are always busy, working to improve our software. As too for Music Collector. On a regular basis we release a new (better) version. Don’t miss out! You can have Music Collector check for updates automatically, or you can check for them…

How the CLZ Cloud works

CLZ Cloud / Core » How the CLZ Cloud works

CLZ Cloud is a free service for storing and backing up your collection database in the cloud. It is also the recommended way for syncing data between devices, e.g. from your Windows or Mac Music Collector to CLZ Music on iOS / Android, but also to sync between your…

Buying

Licensing and Updating » Buying

Contents: Buying About Update Plans: What is an Update Plan? Payment possibilities Do I need an Update Plan to keep using the software? Buying Music Collector When you buy a new license for our Windows or Mac software, you will get a free one-year…

I do not see my data any more.

Frequently Asked Questions » Your database and images » I do not see my data any more.

It is highly unlikely that your data is gone. Upgrading to a newer version never causes you to lose any data. When you start the new version for the first time, your database will be opened as well. If we have worked on database changes (such as new fields) the new…

Synchronize with CLZ Cloud

CLZ Cloud / Core » Synchronize with CLZ Cloud

CLZ Cloud is a free service for storing and backing up your collection database in the cloud. It is also the recommended way for syncing data between devices, e.g. from your Windows or Mac software to your iOS app, but also between iPhone and iPad. If you own multiple…

Searching by Artist/Title

Adding » Adding Albums Automatically » Searching by Artist/Title

Searching by Title To search for an album: Type the artist/title into the appropriate fields. Click Search Now on the right or press enter on your keyboard to start the search. Music Collector will search our database for appropriate matches. Click the +…

macOS to Windows

Frequently Asked Questions » Your database and images » How do I transfer the program, my database and images to another computer? » macOS to Windows

If you’ve decided to move from macOS to Windows, you can bring your database with you to your new Windows computer by exporting it to XML, and importing the XML in Music Collector on Windows. Follow the steps below to transfer your program, your database and…

Windows to macOS

Frequently Asked Questions » Your database and images » How do I transfer the program, my database and images to another computer? » Windows to macOS

If you’ve decided to move from Windows to macOS, you can bring your database with you to your new Mac by exporting it to XML, and importing the XML in Music Collector on Mac. Follow the steps below to transfer your program, your database and your images from…

Your CLZ Account

Licensing and Updating » Your CLZ Account

What is a CLZ Account? A CLZ Account is a generic Collectorz.com customer account, a login (a CLZ Username and Password) for several different, and optional Collectorz.com services: Login to the My.CLZ.com site to access your licenses and download links, to…

Update error: “Error while extracting the archive”

Frequently Asked Questions » Your database and images » Update error: “Error while extracting the archive”

The “Update Installer” can not be run correctly from old versions of Music Collector in MacOS 10.12 Sierra. This is the error you may be getting: !“An error occurred while extracting the archive. Please try again later!” Or this one:…

About Update Plans

Licensing and Updating » About Update Plans

The Collectorz.com software for Windows and Mac is “pay once and use forever” software. The Update Plans is how you pay for optional software updates (or in other words: newer versions). When your Update Plan expires, you can keep using the software. That…

Can I use 1 license on more than one computer?

Frequently Asked Questions » Software Licenses, Update Plans & CLZ Accounts » Can I use 1 license on more than one computer?

Yes, you can use 1 license for Music Collector on 2 computers (Windows and/or Mac). Restrictions You are the sole user of the software and purchased license. The computers the licenses are used on are yours. The computers with the same licenses are not running…

Exporting with Wi-Fi / USB

CLZ Music Mobile App » Exporting with Wi-Fi / USB

!We do not recommend using WiFi or USB export from Music Collector, we recommend using CLZ Cloud syncing. You can sync your collection from your Windows / Mac computer to CLZ Music for iPhone / iPad / Android via your home WiFi network, or by creating a file and…

Cataloging Music Files

Adding » Cataloging Music Files

Music Collector enables you to catalog both your physical and digital music collection. You can scan your hard drive for digital music then add it automatically to your Music Collector database. If you’ve ripped your physical collection to your hard drive, you…

Windows to Windows

Frequently Asked Questions » Your database and images » How do I transfer the program, my database and images to another computer? » Windows to Windows

Follow the steps below to transfer your program, your database and your images from the old computer to the new computer. 1. Install Music Collector on the new computer Download your latest version of Music Collector from your My CLZ account. Install Music…

Errors in Sync Report

Troubleshooting » CLZ Cloud Sync problems » Errors in Sync Report

It can happen that something goes wrong during sync. If that happens, you will be notified, and you can check here what the error means: Error downloading/uploading cover Other Messages Clear database in CLZ Cloud Error downloading/uploading cover: A…

“SYNC FAILED: The old CLZ Cloud Sync system has been discontinued”

Troubleshooting » CLZ Cloud Sync problems » “SYNC FAILED: The old CLZ Cloud Sync system has been discontinued”

Since July 1, 2017, the old CLZ Cloud Syncing system has been discontinued. You now need Music Collector version 15 or later to sync with the CLZ Cloud. If you are running into the above “SYNC FAILED” error, that means you will have to upgrade your Music…

Searching by Barcode

Adding » Adding Albums Automatically » Searching by Barcode

Searching by Barcode You can search and add items by Barcode which can instantly return only one result, the exact edition that you own. This one result is automatically shown in the Preview Panel, no double-click needed. Open the Add Albums Automatically screen by…

Barcode Scanner

Adding » Barcode Scanner

You can also use a barcode scanning app to Add Albums to your database. We have created CLZ Barry (100% free) for just this: CLZ Barry barcode scanning app for iOS and Android CLZ Barry, available for both iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android, allows you to scan…

I do not see my own cover images after syncing.

Frequently Asked Questions » Syncing with CLZ Cloud / Connect » I do not see my own cover images after syncing.

It is possible that you do not see your own covers after syncing. Here’s why: When you sync with CLZ Cloud, the cloud entries will, in general, use our central cover images from Core for Music. Your personal local image is only uploaded automatically when our…

Queue Mode

Adding » Adding Albums Automatically » Queue Mode

!Queue Mode is only available in the Pro Edition of Music Collector Queue Mode Queue mode allows you to add albums in batches. You can add multiple titles and/or barcodes to the search queue then search for them. Queue mode is the most efficient way to add albums to…

Which fields are synced?

Frequently Asked Questions » Syncing with CLZ Cloud / Connect » Which fields are synced?

When you sync with the CLZ Cloud, the program will only sync a CLZ Album ID and some predefined fields. For the rest of the data you see in CLZ Cloud it’s using data from our Core for Music online database based on the CLZ Album ID. We call these fields that…

Unlocking

Licensing and Updating » Unlocking

Unlock Music Collector out of Trial Mode When the program thinks you’re in Trial Mode (or you get a “Trial Expired” message) but you do own an update plan, you can unlock the software with your CLZ Account’s username and password. Start…

Error: Different database than the one in CLZ Cloud

Troubleshooting » CLZ Cloud Sync problems » Error: Different database than the one in CLZ Cloud

The database you’re trying to sync with CLZ Cloud is a completely different one than we have in the CLZ Cloud. Perhaps you have opened a different database file? Solution 1: Open the correct database Open the same database that we have in CLZ Cloud for you.…

I do not see my images anymore.

Frequently Asked Questions » Your database and images » I do not see my images anymore.

Here’s how images work in our software: Images are not stored inside the database. The image files are stored separate from your database, in a folder on your computer (most likely in the Data/Images folder under the program’s folder in Documents). The…

Searching by CD ID

Adding » Adding Albums Automatically » Searching by CD ID

One of the best and most accurate ways to download information from our database is to scan your CD using your CD-ROM drive. This allows you to obtain the CD ID, a unique reference which makes it easier to find an exact match for your particular release. When viewing…

Report / Submit to Core

CLZ Cloud / Core » Report / Submit to Core

Music Collector is built around the our central online database: Core for Music. It’s the central online database that is searched when you use the Add Automatically screen in Music Collector, and the central online database that is used to display all kinds of…

macOS to macOS

Frequently Asked Questions » Your database and images » How do I transfer the program, my database and images to another computer? » macOS to macOS

Follow the steps below to transfer your program, your database and your images from the old computer to the new Mac. 1. Install Music Collector on the new Mac Download your latest version of Music Collector from your My CLZ account. Load the DMG file and install…

Error: Database synced with different CLZ Account

Troubleshooting » CLZ Cloud Sync problems » Error: Database synced with different CLZ Account

The database you’re trying to sync with CLZ Cloud has been synced before, but to a different CLZ Account. This can happen if you have more than one CLZ Account with us. Solution 1: Login with the correct CLZ Account Windows / Mac desktop software Close the…

Re-assigning Index Numbers

Managing your Database » Maintenance » Re-assigning Index Numbers

How Index numbers work Music Collector automatically assigns and increments index numbers. The Index value is assigned when you add an album to the database. The next album you add to your collection will have an index number that is incremented by 1. Each Index…