I spent my entire afternoon and evening adding CD information to the online MusicBrainz database for two Motorhead albums, one Squares/Joe Satriani album, and one Converge album.
What does this mean?
It means the next time somebody tries to rip these albums to a computer, album and tracklist information will populate automatically when the person would have otherwise needed to enter all of this information manually. (Or possibly have the abcde command-line program crash, which is what happened in my case.)
Why did this take so long?
Because it was done using the MusicBrainz Picard and abcde programs within the new version 8.2 of CentOS Linux.
Why is this relevant?
Because the new digital world spearheaded by Spotify sucks—a lot—and it could be so much better. In the meantime, I will keep my music to myself, thankyouverymuch.
Sometimes when working with Linux, a person feels a very peculiar twinge of productivity mixed with nonproductivity. This can happen when a lot of time and effort is spent performing what would most likely be a routine task on a commercial operating system such as Mac OSX or Windows. On the bright side, there are always important and valuable lessons to be learned on technical excursions such as this one. Plus, a glimpse is occasionally stolen of how things might actually work better.