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Fuck DRM, save money: Digitizing records

I like collecting records, but not really for the reasons most people collect records. Sure, engraving music into a piece of plastic adds a lot of character to it and it's fun to listen to, but I mostly just like being able to spend $5 on a new album because a lot of the music I like is old shit nobody cares about. It's mostly an economic consideration that happens to make me seem like a pretentious nerd (which I sort of am, anyway).

Being able to get new music for $5 is great, except you can't do anything with the new cheap music outside of a turntable setup. Except... you can! It's easy to rip records onto digital files, which means you can avoid wasting money on the same album in multiple formats (thus reinforcing the economic argument for buying music on plastic, if you're me). Annoying audiophile vinyl devotees will tell you converting analog audio to digital is sacrilege. Fuck 'em.

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Basic tag filtering with PHP

I've been approached about doing PHP tutorials. It's taken a while for me to think of a good beginner project because a lot of "beginner" tutorials are either completely useless and don't teach you how to do anything cool, or the author vastly overestimates how much a beginning programmer should know. Hopefully, this one is not either of those.

Here, we'll be learning how to make a list of things using arrays, and then we're going to implement a tagging system that lets us filter the list by tag. I'll be making a list of albums, but you can and should make up your own system and follow along with that.

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