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02 November 2007 @ 08:16 pm
Organizing The Music Collection  
Inspired by a fortuitous find (a 500 GB external HD on sale for $85), I've finally gotten around to getting the various piles of CDs ripped. The plan of attack is to rip them with Audiograbber, convert them to FLAC (a lossless compressed format) to reduce the space needed for the master archive, and to convert files to MP3s as needed (or as Round TUITs are gotten) for routine listening.

Current Mood: nerdy
Current Music: CD Drive Hum
thnidu: Pow Wow catthnidu on November 3rd, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
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Eliegoldberg on November 3rd, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
Parenthetically, I wonder what the value will be of the elaborate (expensive) album packaging and booklets that publishers invest in.

e.g. As a listener, I know all *MY* CDs are in boxes in a closet. They're just clutter, nice liner notes or not, and one day I'll probably make most of them disappear. But as a publisher, I want to make nice liner notes in the hope that people will read them and enjoy them, and hopefully buy the album rather than rip the MP3's off of a friend's CD.

Perhaps today, though, people just expect to find that kind of information available freely in surfing the web on the artist's website.
Filk Daddy: Icon Meredaxe on November 3rd, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC)
Certainly good packaging - excellent art, and well-set-up album notes (especially including lyrics and musician credits) adds value. Personally, I'm as happy to have those as PDF files, since I'm as likely to want to consult them electronically -- for searches, say -- as in hardcopy. (Doubly so since the move to CDs from LPs, where the art was at a size that could be easily appreciated; even fold-out artwork is less easy to see and adore than an album cover.)

I always appreciate when artists have lyrics on their websites, but don't expect them, and I certainly don't expect to find high-res versions of any artwork that goes with the albums.
Steve Brinich: Gwiffons On The Huntstevemb on November 3rd, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
The value of nice packaging (over and above the very simple level that would suffice to convey track names, artists, etc) is generally in getting people to buy the CD in the first place. I'm not sure how many people care all that much after that even if they keep the physical CD accessible for playing the music.
Monica: musiciancellio on November 4th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
Packaging helps me make purchase decisions, for sure. But I do value the liner notes; while I assume I can usually get lyrics on the web (though nice to have the ready-to-hand copy), I can't assume that I'll be able to easily get musician credits, reliable composer/arranger credits, historical information, and stuff like that. I'm the sort of person who often does want to know "what's that low reed in the background?" or "hey, nice dulcimer; whose is it?"; it's nice to be able to consult the liner notes.

Now if MP3s routinely came packaged with all that information, that'd be different. I haven't bought many, but so far I haven't run into that.
Filk Daddy: Flat panelredaxe on November 3rd, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
Heh. I've got one 500GB external drive acting as a primary backup for the system, and could really use another (or better yet, four times that space) for a music library. (That's not even counting the downloaded live shows -- all in FLAC or SHN with the rare APE version -- that I've burned to CD and DVD.)

The one thing I would note is that conversion from FLAC to MP3 usually isn't on-the-fly. I use dbPowerAmp, and a typical album (550 MB FLAC) takes 7-9 minutes to convert. (Usually running at 16x-19x real-time for conversions; I'm running an Intel dual-core machine with 2GB of RAM that I usually have mostly idle during conversions.) It's not a huge amount of time, but noticeable. More to the point, if your computer is susceptible to overheating issues (as the last one here was), monitor it closely during the process, as conversion is highly computationally intensive and tends to raise the CPU temperature 5-8 degrees C per go.

Looking forward to hearing how this works out for you.
Steve Brinich: Heidi & Cat Figurestevemb on November 3rd, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
"I've got one 500GB external drive acting as a primary backup for the system, and could really use another"

FWIW, the sale I found was at Best Buy.

The one thing I would note is that conversion from FLAC to MP3 usually isn't on-the-fly.

I use Audiograbber for the rips; it's good for that function but doesn't have a quick and easy way to integrate with FLAC. (I've seen descriptions of how to do it, but they're fiddly enough that I don't want to risk getting it wrong and finding out that I've got a bunch of bad rip files.) I use Total Audio Converter for the format conversions ($20, but worth it for the convenient integration and mutual conversion of just about any format you might want -- it has a rip function built in, but I know Audiograbber is reliable and it has a better interface for entering track names if they aren't in the net database.)

So far, so good; each disc typically takes 3-5 minutes total.
Filk Daddy: Tenor clef - copperredaxe on November 3rd, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
Audiograbber has a good reputation; I use Exact Audio Copy to rip CDs.

My external drive (a Western Digital) was on a similar sale to the one you describe -- from Best Buy. :-)