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The personal digital music collection of Michael L. Douglas, MD, MBA exists within a cloud storage framework and consists of more than 7 terabytes of data. Dr. Douglas converted his entire compact disc collection into .mp3 files in 2005. At the time, the digital space occupied by the collection was approximately 4.5 terabytes of data. Since that time, Dr. Douglas has enriched his collection to its present volume today. It is accessible via password-protection within the S3 service sector of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform, where each stored track is systematically encrypted. The individual stored tracks comprise the essence of Dr. Douglas's digital music collection and are the collection's functional units. Each track is associated within a folder which is generally named for the album from which the track is associated. The album collections are arranged within root folders generally named after the recording artists with which each collection subfolder is associated. The artist subfolders are part of a root folder system which is arranged chronologically and alphabetically within the appropriate sector of Dr. Douglas's encrypted cloud storage. Dr. Douglas's digital music collection is arranged in digital buckets alongside other digital media; these other media collections include (but are not limited to) digital video files, uploaded podcast files, and protected document files, the majority of which are PDF formatted.


Dr. Douglas has utilized his massive digital music collection in many ways since initial conversion from digital analog (compact disc) formats in the mid-2000s. Since the initial conversion, he has created a now-defunct podcast (Doctor Pundit 80s Radio Show, which ran from 2005-2008); uploaded to iTunes (iPod playlists); experimented with various online internet radio schemes; and uploaded/synced to streaming services (the retired Amazon Music Locker, Spotify Local Tracks).

Currently, Dr. Douglas utilizes Spotify for its Local Tracks option, which allows users to stream tracks unavailable on its service by syncing the service with the user's local hard drive via a local network. He uses this option to recreate selected Billboard Hot 100 charts. Dr. Douglas uses the Apple Music Your Library upload feature for the same purpose, but mostly as an album aggregator for titles not available on the streaming service. Dr. Douglas has canceled his patronage of Amazon Music. (He has subsequently stored his entire uploaded Amazon Music Locker library within the AWS cloud.)

Dr. Douglas uses the Spacial Cloud platform to run 10 online radio stations whose playlists are culled entirely from his digital music collection. The online radio library and individual station descriptions can be found here. All stations are housed on the Radio.net internet radio portal. The flagship station -- Doctor Pundit 80s Radio -- is also hosted on the Tunein portal.