Misgivings (or misconceptions?) about class=table concept

Please bear with me as I am totally new to Rails AND sql.

Let's say a want a database & application for a record collection (using
sql and rails). If I want the database to contain information down to
the length of a song, how can I implement this using the class = table
model?

For example, the way I have the db now, ignoring rails, is a table "of
Contents" listing all artists (one column). Each artist then has a
table listing all their albums, several columns since we want the total
length of the album and (since this is a digital catalog) a location
where the actual album is stored. Then we need a table for each album
listing each song, with the length.

Going with the class=table model, that means I will be stuck with a
separate class for every single artist and album, which is beyond
ridiculous if not completely unworkable. But if I organize the material
differently -- eg, a table "artist" with a column "albums" (fine, if
they were just objects) some single table cell would have to contain a
list of all the albums. Slightly awkward, since each album will then
have to be parsed out of a string of albums, but more realistic. Then I
would have a table "albums" with columns/methods "artist" and "songs".
But when it comes down to including the length of each song, this
methodology is gonna get dunder-headed.

The former model makes much more sense anyway, from any perspective
*except* it would appear to be unworkable with rails. Clearly I am
missing something here, I hope. Anyone want to offer me a clue?

Please bear with me as I am totally new to Rails AND sql.

Let's say a want a database & application for a record collection (using
sql and rails). If I want the database to contain information down to
the length of a song, how can I implement this using the class = table
model?

Very easily. Read on.

For example, the way I have the db now, ignoring rails, is a table "of
Contents" listing all artists (one column). Each artist then has a
table listing all their albums,

So you're saying you have

table: Contents

Marnen Laibow-Koser wrote:

Does that make more sense?

Yep. Thanks much.