APC and Seagate have teamed up to upgrade Sydney radio station FBi Radio's digital music storage. We want you to help with the music cataloguing and tagging.
Join us for APC's newest and most exciting project - an IT makeover.
Too many published case studies of IT revamps are sanitised to the point where they discuss all the benefits and none of the pain involved. This is a real life makeover of part of a business's IT. In partnership with Seagate, we'll help Sydney community radio station FBi Radio 94.5FM migrate songs from its massive CD library to digital storage. But we also want you to join in with suggestion on how the station can catalogue and tag its music - a non trivial task.
FBi Radio 94.5FM is one of Australia's leading community radio stations and promoters of local music talent, with a policy of playing 50 per cent local content. It has a music library of over 20,000 CDs which it must convert to digital storage. It also needs digital storage to capture and store its on-air and online broadcasts, and must backup all its office data. It's not a small operation. Its studios and powerful transmitter are the equal of any commercial radio station's, and its broadcasts reach 250,000 people a week. FBi has agreed to APC and Seagate making over its digital storage facilities. This is the story of that makeover.
Seagate's initial storage upgrade suggestions
While discussing the best ways to store FBi's music, we discovered that turning the CD library into digital files to be stored on the Seagate NASs will be a massive challenge. The issue is not the hardware, but how the music should be ripped, what format it should be stored in, and, most, importantly, how it should be catalogued and tagged. The last is what keeps Kaldor and Carr awake at night.
Understanding the tagging issue
How do you tag your music? Give us your ideas, at facebook.com/fbimakeover