Originally Posted by lostinsound
Just because you use tagging doesn't mean you don't have control over how your music is organized. I use tagging and I have my music collection organized exactly how I want it in the Media Library. Once you get comfortable with manipulating tags it's pretty easy. In fact, I think you actually have more control when you use tagging, such as making it easier to create customized Smart Views in Winamp. There's nothing wrong navigating your collection using a folder structure, but it shouldn't be because you feel you have no control with tagging. (And yes iTunes is annoying how it tries to organize your music how they see fit, but I believe that you can turn off that feature. That said iTunes is still terrible.) Just my 2 cents.
Having a combined system makes the best of all worlds. I both tag my tracks and rename the files and folders. MP3TAG is very handy for doing this kind of rename.
Sometimes I have albums ripped from odd sources, by odd people. Especially that person who wasn't online when they ripped so it is "Unknown Album" and "track01.mp3". I let Winamp SmartTAG the album to correct the tags. Then I'll swap to MP3TAG to let that program then correct the file names for me based on my TAGs. (This will then mean I have to re-add the album back to Winamp's Library)
Doing things this way makes my audio far more portable. Some devices will list music folders in alphabetical order based on file names. Other devices can sort based on the TAGs. Working with both systems gives you the best of both worlds.
(And we shouldn't really include iTunes in this conversation as that is more shop than music program. More designed around this current trend for single tracks instead of albums. And we can avoid the handling of artwork and compilations which is awful in that program...)
When you have cleanly organised and tagged files this better allows you to handle new technology as it appears. Due to my almost OCD levels of tagging and filename editing over the years it now means the new DLNA devices appearing in my house can access the same organised music collection even though they can't interact with Winamp's Library.