Best way to get the CDs off my shelf
December 19, 2011 7:44 PM Subscribe
Best way to store ~300 CDs of music on an external HDD for use with a variety of players? Ideally: cross-platform, not just for iTunes, and nice-sounding for my future self who might care about this.
posted by amtho to Computers & Internet (19 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I may want to get this all set up and see if a neighbor kid would want to help process all the CDs in exchange for some $$, since I can't imagine this not taking hours and hours. I'm willing to rent a good CD/DVD drive, since the one in my laptop's dock is probably not the fastest.
So, I've read some older questions and recommendations; many seem to recommend using iTunes for reading in (I hate the word "ripping") music from CDs; however, I'd like to keep open the option of using a non-iTunes system, particularly since a member of this household has an Android phone (he hasn't yet tried to figure out how to put music on it).
I'd also love to have the ability to easily categorize the music, to have the tracks be automatically labeled, etc. I know iTunes can do this, but again, I don't want to be stuck with iTunes forever.
I'd like to have the music in some flexible structure, and also be able to access it from iTunes (i.e. my current phone, an iPhone).
I *think* I may want lossless storage; half a 1TB drive (plus another for backup) seems sufficient for this much music, but I could be wrong. "FLAC" came up a lot - is there a specific program for getting the music into this format? Is FLAC usable by programs I'd want to use?
I'm open to paying a tiny bit for a phone call (or visit, if you're local to Chapel Hill) if someone feels this is too much for an AskMe question - MeMail me.