This is a wonderful forum in which there seems to be a good number of classical music fans who care about gapless playback, which I consider critical for the serious listeners who doesn't want to lose track information (which aria is that?) and the ability to jump to a specific track in an album (something particularly useful when you're listening to an opera or a big choral work or when you're comparing different interpretations of the same piece). So I thought of starting a thread about the also critical issue of organizing classical music for a portable player. The problem is of course that digital music ID tags are limited, and the players are even more limited in the way they read them and let you navigate through them. My suggestion, based on how Sony's HD5 interface works, is to do this: - Use the album name field to put the works you're including, and here I would suggest the mention also of the composer (the interpreter as well, if you have different versions of the same works). For instance, Syms 5&7 - Beethoven - Kleiber. This method will organize better the folders that will be created in your PC. - Use the artist field to put the name of the performer. - Use the genre field to put the name of the composer. That will give you these options for browsing music: - Album > Tracks (Ex.: Syms 5&7 - Beethoven - Kleiber > 5th:I Allegro molto) If you let the title scroll, you'll have the basic information about the album. - Artist > Album > Tracks (Kleiber, VPO > Syms 5&7 - Beethoven - Kleiber > 5th:I Allegro molto) This way, you can choose your favourite conductor or soloist and still know quickly who's the composer. - Composer (Genre) > Artist > Album > Tracks (Beethoven > Kleiber, VPO > Syms 5&7 - Beethoven - Kleiber > 5th:I Allegro molto) This is the best hierarchy in my opinion. You can refine your search by all the relevant factors. My suggestion is also to abbreviate as much as possible. Gramophone and the Penguin Guide use, for instance, these abbreviations: Cello Suite - Vc Suite Violin Concerto - Vn Conc Piano Sonata - Pf Son Clarinet Quintet - Cl Qnt String Quartet - Stg Qt Berlin Philharmonic - BPO Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields - ASMF And so on. Of course, you have to rationalize and omit informations about certain performers sometimes, otherwise your database becomes unmanageable. But Vaio Pocket users have the alternative of using the lyrics view. You can arguably use it to display the names of the soloists in an opera, for instance. The Walkman series and most of the other players in the market won't let you do that, though.