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Transferring CDs to digital medium
'best' way

 10:22 am on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

I got tons of CDs and am finally thinking of getting them transfered to digital format
- what's the 'best' format to use for sound quality, support by most devices, etc.
- is there a better/more efficient way to accomplish transfer then using CD/DVD player on my computer and software then came with it
- and sw recommendations?




 2:32 pm on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

all of my cd's are digital.
i do have some verbatims that are made to look like 45 rpm vinyl...


 3:32 am on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

all of my cd's are digital.

well fine then :)

I know that SEs have references to a lot of info about transferring CDs to a computer, however I was just looking for first hand/recent info...


 3:53 am on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Most media players can rip a CD to your hard drive.


 4:23 am on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

you better think first about scale and make sure you keep the original source material when you are finished.

typical mp3 size is >1MB per minute.
that's easily 60-80M per cd.
if you are ripping at 10X speed, that's 6 or 7 minutes per plus handling and other overhead.
that means if you are really cranking you can do 100 cd's in 10-12 hours and it will take maybe 8G of disk space.
how many cd's do you have?
it would take me every waking hour for a week or two and a new external drive!
and that's not including analog source...


 12:57 pm on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

To some extent it depends on what the quality of the playback kit you intend to use will be. (Damn, that's and ugly sentence)

MP3 is a lossy format, but should be fine for playback through cheap PC speakers.

If you plan to listen though higher quality hifi, it might be better to use FLAC, which is a lossless format.

I use a piece of s/w called CDex for ripping, which I think was free but is doubtless out of date now. I'm sure there will be something better.


 7:37 pm on Nov 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

and double your storage.. if you want a backup!


 3:36 pm on Nov 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

MP3 has the most support, to play MP3 CD's in a standalone CD player it will have to be MP3 compatible

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