You gotta get those rookie numbers up
I have 20,153 as I look at my collection now. Some are repeats as some songs are on multiple albums/soundtracks/best-of, etc. About half is in FLAC format. Some are ripped right from my dad's vinyl collection as it was a project of his a few years ago. This makes it difficult to fit my collection on my phone's 128GB MicroSD card so I have to pick-and-choose.
The chase is on. I opened up 20 CDs as Christmas gifts this morning. We added around 15 CDs with holiday music this month so the count is currently 19,323 with 24 albums still to load. . Christmas music now spans an even 100 years starting with a 1916 recording of Enrico Caruso performing Cantique de Noel
to the Pentatonix and Oak Ridge Boys' latest releases.
I know what you mean about duplicates. For the most part I try to avoid loading them but some seem to slip through. I do load different versions of the same song from the same performer(s). I consider the same song done on both a studio album and a live performance album as two different songs. Also, among the live performance recordings there are differences if they were recorded at different places or times so I add all of those.
Have you done much in the way of adding or changing tags (adding featured artists, adding comments, changing individual years on songs from "best of" albums, etc.)? I try to do that but I still have a lot of blank slots for details, particularly on those converted from vinyl or tape.