Home data compression you can see

Home data compression you can see

Summary: iTunes has rendered my CD cases obsoleteA few weeks ago I realized that I had enough disk space - 1 TB - on my desktop to rip all my CDs as 320 Kb/s MP3s. I had also built a $50 DVD burner so I re-ripped most of my lower fidelity CDs and ripped the 60% I'd never ripped before.

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iTunes has rendered my CD cases obsolete A few weeks ago I realized that I had enough disk space - 1 TB - on my desktop to rip all my CDs as 320 Kb/s MP3s. I had also built a $50 DVD burner so I re-ripped most of my lower fidelity CDs and ripped the 60% I'd never ripped before.

My iTunes collection went from 35 GB to 85 GB. And my CD collection went from 30 feet of shelf space to a small box.

iTunes speed ripping tip - Windows & Mac iTunes will only import one CD at a time, but if you have two CDs on your system, you can set iTunes to automatically rip a CD and eject when done. The system tells you when to swap in a new CD when it ejects the ripped CD.

Go to iTunes Preferences - in the Edit menu in Windows and the iTunes menu on Mac - and click on Advanced. The first drop down menu is labeled "On CD insert:". Choose "Import CD and Eject". Check the "Automatically retrieve CD track names from Internet" box, click OK and iTunes will now start ripping a new CD as soon as it can and ejecting them once they've been imported.

Now you're good to go.

How much space can you save? Depends on how many CDs you've got. Here's a picture of most of my empty CD cases - I chopped a couple of stacks off on the right - with my new, slimmed-down CD collection in front.

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If I move again, the entire CD collection is already packed and ready to go.

Why keep them? It is only "fair use" to rip them if you retain the originals. And I value the back up.

Comments welcome, of course. Anybody want some used CD cases?

Topic: Apple

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Robin Harris has been a computer buff for over 35 years and selling and marketing data storage for over 30 years in companies large and small.

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  • Shhh!!! Don't tell the RIAA and Sony BMG!

    <sarcasm>
    Let's see. 85GB - that's about 11,000 songs or so. According to Jennifer Pariser of Sony BMG and "ripping for personal use is stealing" fame, you're liable for about, oh, $101.75M - if the awards damages in Jammie Thomas' trial.

    Might want to keep a low profile for a bit - and make sure your kids don't install Kazaa or Limewire - or God forbid, enable the Windows peer file sharing that you so studiously disabled so no nosy neighbors could scarf those music files via your WEP-encrypted WiFi network... No - that's not enough for the RIAA. You need to lock those original CDs away and just hum those tunes to yourself...that is, until the RIAA teams up with the NSA to read your mind and just bill you accordingly...

    </sarcasm>

    Good on you, Robin. I'm about halfway through re-ripping my entire CD collection. First time was a few years back when 192kb/s was the norm. Now I'm using FLAC (lossless) for archival copies, and 320kb/s MP3 for my two portable players. I'm building a media PC for my boat - can't drag around 3 or 4 hundred CDs while cruising. The RIAA is just insane. Do I need to tow a dinghy behind my ketch just to listen to my music collection while on the water?
    NetArch.
    • Sorry, make that...

      [i]if the awards damages in Jammie Thomas' trial[/i] are any indication of what stealing should cost you.
      NetArch.
  • RE: Home data compression you can see

    Robin,

    I've recently done the same thing myself. Once our collection outgrew the 400 CD changer (which it did about 10 years ago, but we kept swapping out CDs!) we decided to rip everything and switch to digital. I documented my player product selection (the Roku SoundBridge) on my blog at http://blog.fosketts.net/2007/07/27/making-the-switch-to-digital-music-at-home, and will (sometime) document the storage system I chose (a Linksys NSLU2 running Firefly/mt-daapd). We're very pleased so far!
    sfoskett