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    I'm going to try archiving my CD collection on hard drive(s). Any (Mac) software that will assist (or am I just dealing with iTunes)? Any hints from those who have gone before?
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      CommentAuthormister86
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2009
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    When I did this the first time I just took three days out of my life to upload each album up into my computer through Itunes. Since losing that hard drive to fire, I haven't done it again. If there's a faster way, I really don't know it.
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2009
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    I use Google when I have a question like this: because the chances are very good that someone else has asked this question already, and has already received useful replies. Anyway, How do I make a copy of a music cd? for example has several answers, one of which (the one from TripleX) is the one which the original poster accepted as the most useful to him.

    [But, no personal experience with this myself.]
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    Hey, at least you're living in the Days of Science(tm)!

    Way back in the day when I decided all my CDs needed to be stored in mp3 format we didn't have CDDBs that automatically tagged everything, so you had to enter Artist, Album & Track info manually... Took forever.
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    @Corey -

    I'm not quite in the 21st Century yet - I only have dial-up (yes, everyone shudder at once, get it out of your system...). So I see a lot of data entry in my future, unless I live at the coffee house across the street for a few weeks. And, in fact, I've had CDs completely stump the CDDB - maybe they were too obscure, out of print, or something...
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    Depends how much hard drive space you have, how big your collection is, what sort of playback capability (i.e. mp3 player, sound card, speakers?) you have and how much you care about the quality of your music.
    If you're a real stickler for audio quality, I'd suggest something that can rip your CDs to .flac since it's a totally lossless audio format, but it takes up much more space than .mp3, .wma or .m4a which are the most popular compressed formats.
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      CommentAuthorDoctor_Six
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2009
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    I'm liking mp3's ripped to 320kbps as a compromise between iTunes default and flac.

    Please don't use aac or wma or any propriety format. EAC (exact audio copier) linked with LAME seems to be the standard, but don't know if that comes out for mac. cdEx?
    • CommentAuthorradian
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2009
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    Look into my eyes / psychedelic guitar / whatever: I command you to use .flac
    • CommentAuthorearl
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2009
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    I'd really like to rip my whole collection, but I shudder at the thought of how long it would take. I went about batty ripping what I have gotten done and there are boodles upon boodles to go.
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      CommentAuthoragentarsenic
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2009 edited
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    Find your torrents of your albums and spend a day downloading them all at once. You'll save time by not ripping every single cd. You can also walk away from your mac. If you own the content it shouldn't be illegal, why encode cds to digital files when someone else already has? I recommend getting a backup hd (500gb about 80 US now) and just downloading to there.
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    I've got somewhere between 700-1000 CDs (by rough estimate). This will take a while no matter what. I'd prefer the best audio quality I can get, but I won't be actually replacing most of my CDs, just copying them into a more portable form. If I was really going to do it right, I'd scan all the artwork, too.

    320kbps mp3 would be workable, since I'm keeping most of the originals. I assume they're all going on external drives.
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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2009
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    CDEx is the best (well, the only) program I've used. It can copy a CD into WAV or MP3, and vice-versa.
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    Here's how I go about it. (I'm on a Mac btw).

    I do all my ripping in itunes. I do it all in 320 kbps, because that's a pretty solid / listenable bit rate. Sounds great on huge sound systems, head phones, and bose cd players - so it works for me. You can go flac, and I'm considering it myself, but unless your a huge audiophile with a tremdous setup, I wouldn't worry about it.

    Itunes will more than likely have the album artwork / song titles if it's common enough. You will need an itunes account to access this feature. To have an itunes account you need a credit card and need to register

    If itunes doesn't have the album artwork / recongize your album visit http://www.discogs.com and search for your cd / album. Discogs is an incredible database and covers almost every release I've needed it for. For most releases theres a scan of the cover / etc.

    Seriously. DISCOGS. Bookmark it. I think there might even be an itunes app that uses the discogs database instead of the itunes one, but I can't get it to work.

    Now for "hard storage" i suggest one of the following.

    Ipod (if you got one) syncs to itunes and is a breeze.

    I personally back this up with a portable harddrive (500 gb) that hooks into my computer via firewire. You will want firewire. It is much much faster for file transfer than usb.

    You can also use DVDs as file storage if you got a DVD burner. I plan on also backing up for files with this, eventually and sending the dvds to my parents house (in case of fires, etc). Each DVD holds about 4 gigs. Which is like 800 songs at 320. Or about 80 albums.


    Okay. Here's some math I did for you...

    Let's say you have 10,000 songs. That's about 820 albums with 12 songs each.

    Each song should be about 10 mbs. 320 kbps translates roughly to "twice the song length" so five minutes = 10 mb - roughly.

    You're going to need at least 100,000 mbs of space for 820 albums. That's about 100 gigs. You get a 500 gig hard drive and you should be gravy.


    Actually, if you want to go the flac route - you could probably fit your collection on a 500 gig harddrive. flac usally = four times the lenth some five minutes = 20 mb - again, roughly.

    Hope that helps!


    P.S. Even on dial up you should be able to use the itunes database.
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    @Ryan - That's all pretty helpful. Thanks.
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2009
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    The one big idea is to set up some form of constant back-up system (like Time Machine on the mac) because now, if the place starts burning down, I just grab my external drives and run. Archiving your music is important, but that makes back-up even MORE important. ^_^