Ripping Through a CD Collection

Above is the result of many hours of transferring a small portion of our physical music collection onto digital storage mediums the past few weekends. We've got a small apartment where space is at a premium, and hundreds of CDs shelved, stacked or put away in sleeves has become a glaring inefficient use of space. So every weekend, we've taken batches of CDs and individually burned them into MP3 and Apple Lossless formats via our G5 tower and MacBook, with grand plans to take the CDs (and a few DVDs) to Amoeba Music for a massive trade-in for credit or cash.

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But how I wish I had one of these Baxter Batch Audio CD Ripper or one of these Sony VAIO XL1B 200 disc CD/DVD changer/recorder, both which can automatically and sequentially copy large batches of CD's to a hard drive.

I guess I could always send the rest of our collection away to a CD conversion service like MusicShifter or Riptopia, but it seems a painful to spend the $$$ to transfer the hundreds of CDs we've got (not to mention replacing cracked or missing cases). So for now, we've decided to continue the laborious task, all with the dream of some extra room and cash. Or perhaps I should just build myself a DIY-built CD changer / duplicator!

(Image: Gregory Han; Baxter; Sony)

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