I don't have a lot of debt or expenses, so my income keeps piling up in my checking account. Unfortunately, I don't know much about finance or investment. I want to make sure that I don't lose money year over year because of inflation, but pretty much all the CDs and savings accounts I've seen have an APY lower than the inflation rate (which is >= 1.5% according to various websites). I don't care about playing the stock market; all I want is to avoid losing my money through inaction. How do people in this situation keep up with inflation while at the same time minimizing their financial risk?
posted by archagon
on May 16, 2013 -
Twenty years ago I came across an album of twentieth century music and I'm pretty sure it was from some music festival - the Osaka or Ojai festival? - featuring 20th-century orchestral composers. And this particular track featured musical glasses and had "Mountain" in the title.
Where do I begin hunting? [more inside]
posted by jimmymcvee
on Apr 5, 2013 -
Here's what I want to do.
1. put cd/dvd in drive of computer
2. rip it
3. software places files in folder structure I define
4. spits out cd/dvd and does it all over again.
Ultimately what I'd like to do is create a digital library of all my music and movies in one central place so my smart tv/computers/tablets/phones have access to the media whenever and wherever.
Please flood me with suggestions. I'm a noob at this.
posted by Mantix
on Jan 29, 2013 -
One of my 17 year old Laserline CD towers broke. The one that broke held 400 CDs and my total collection is somewhere in the 800 range. I need one or more storage towers/racks to hold at least 400, and possibly all of them at some point.
Besides being able to store a lot of CDs, the other feature it needs to have is "slots". Most current storage options for large quantities of CDs, are basically empty shelves for you to fill. My CDs are in a particular oder, so if one is out, I want to be able to see the missing CDs at a glance.
posted by Mr.X
on Jan 28, 2013 -
I suddenly realized this morning that of all the recordings of Philip Glass I've got, I don't have Einstein on the Beach
. And now I want to listen to it. If Amazon had only one or two versions, I'd just buy one and be done with it, but there are over half a dozen different productions to choose from... Which one should I buy, if I'm only going to buy one? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee
on Jan 14, 2013 -
I decided to take my old G3 iMac down from the attic and play some old games. The old computer still works great, and yet there was a problem... [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim
on Nov 19, 2012 -
I'm looking to produce a very limited-edition chipboard CD box set
of about 100 numbered copies. I don't need Megalodon's minimum of 500. Does anyone else produce these boxes? How about obtaining blanks?
posted by mykescipark
on Oct 30, 2012 -
CD Ripping - how to break tracks into smaller chunks? itunes or MediaMonkey. I recently got a copy of Stay Awake, a CD of new artists doing covers of old Disney songs, and I want to rip it to my computer. Several tracks are medleys - 3 or 4 songs running into each other as a single track. I know I can rip these individually, and then use a cutting program to make an individual copy of the songs, but is there an easier/automated way? [more inside]
posted by RevRob330
on Jul 16, 2012 -
Where can I go to burn a CD? My laptop doesn't have a burner (or even a CD drive) nor do I want to buy one. I want to make one or two CDs from music I have on my ipod. [more inside]
posted by la_rousse
on Jun 11, 2012 -
I am confused about The Doors catalog. There are many versions. I am not sure which is the best. I know "best" is subjective. What I mean is not altered with remixing but simply the best remastered. Or if the original releases are still considered the best. I have the "Perception" set but saw a previous box from 1999 that I've read is better quality. Any input? This may be your opinion but your opinion is appreciated.
posted by snap_dragon
on Jun 1, 2012 -
What's the latest and greatest for ripping cds? Mac and PC answers both greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Phredward
on Apr 18, 2012 -
Where can I find album art, including booklet scans, for CDs? I want all the images from a CD booklet and case. I'd also consider buying hard copies, but I'd rather avoid Ebay, and I don't know where I would post a request.
posted by vash
on Mar 9, 2012 -
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. [more inside]
posted by amtho
on Dec 19, 2011 -
How to buy physical cd and digital files at same time? I currently subscribe to rhapsody because I like to download the files. But I would rather just buy a few CDs a month. Is there as easy way to buy the "pre ripped" as it were?
posted by mtstover
on Dec 6, 2011 -
Help me organize hundreds -- if not thousands -- of vinyl and CD albums dating back to the 1970's. [more inside]
posted by lobbyist
on Oct 12, 2011 -
I recently purchased a MacBook on eBay (oops?), and everything is in working order, sort of. How can I diagnose this peculiar CD/DVD drive problem, and is the seller making me a good compensatory offer? [more inside]
posted by obscurator
on Sep 13, 2011 -
Copying thousands of cds and dvds to HDD - what is the best way to automate this tedious process as much as possible without buying expensive hardware? [more inside]
posted by Grensgeval
on Aug 20, 2011 -
I'm looking for a music playing device for the baby's room. I'd like a small (semi) portable unit with built-in speakers that can play radio and a CD, and sounds decent. Bonus criteria: remote control; a noise making feature (sounds of the ocean or whatnot); iPod or auxiliary line in playback; SD card playback. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Aug 9, 2011 -
My small a cappella singing group is recording a CD and needs to know about licensing of copyrighted songs before we sell copies of our CD. [more inside]
posted by palliser
on Aug 2, 2011 -
Music videos are a dime a dozen. However, it's pretty rare for an entire album to be made into a single video with a coherent narrative. What are some examples of this? [more inside]
posted by schmod
on Jul 14, 2011 -
I have over 1,000 copies of several PC videogame CD-ROMs. The games are widely distributed/available, so the discs probably don't have any value to gamers. What can I do with them beside give them away? Creative or crafty ideas welcome. Also, not against making a little money if it's possible. [more inside]
posted by R_Kamidees
on Jun 30, 2011 -
I have several thousand CDs and am thinking it's time to sell them, which would be easier if I had a comprehensive written list. There are lots of barcode/UPC-lookup sites on the Web, but many don't have comprehensive databases and none seems to take a full list or spreadsheet of numbers and return the product names so I would have a single list. Any suggestions?
posted by twsf
on Apr 28, 2011 -
I have a song in my itunes that my daughter will be singing to at a recital. The teacher asked me to "change the song a few half steps up to key C". She said her students do it often, but I'm not computer savvy. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh
on Apr 20, 2011 -
My beloved CD/DVD player (a five-disc carousel model) conked out last night after eight years of faithful service. I'd like to get one with much the same functionality to replace it, but apparently things have changed drastically in the home video market since 2003. Who knew? Help me figure out what kind of machine I need to buy. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay
on Feb 28, 2011 -
I would like to buy some blank CDs that are just white on top—completely blank, no brand or logo (it might be OK if it's very, very small) and with a surface that can be drawn on with permanent markers. Can you please recommend me a brand?
posted by interrobang
on Feb 1, 2011 -
Calling all collectors (particularly of music and DVDs, etc.)--let's talk about dismantling our collections. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 26, 2011 -
I have a new computer and an old iPod touch. I would like to put all my CDs on a currently blank iTunes program my new computer and then transfer those songs to my iPod touch without interfering with what is already on my iPod. I don't care that the touch songs won't be transferred to the computer, I just don't want to lose all the content on the iPod. Is this possible?
posted by TLCplz
on Dec 20, 2010 -
Looking for options to replace my dying car radio/cd player and the separate satellite radio unit that plays thru the radio. Would like as few pieces to install as possible, hopefully something that's all in one and preferably $250 or under. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by aristan
on Dec 9, 2010 -
My wife randomly decided to approach a local charity about doing a benefit album. They liked the idea and are supporting her, but she needs to do everything. Where do we start? [more inside]
posted by speeb
on Dec 4, 2010 -
Help me install Ubuntu Linux 10.04 on an old laptop that's long in the tooth but generally functional. Some challenges within. [more inside]
posted by intermod
on Nov 28, 2010 -
I have a 14-channel mixer. During a live performance I want to play some channels to loudspeakers while simultaneously recording, but I want the recording to contain more channels that are not played through the loudspeakers. Details and diagrams within. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream
on Oct 15, 2010 -
I've fallen in love with this song
sung on A Praire Home Companion (starts around 0:26:36). Can ya'll give me some suggestions as to similar tunes? [more inside]
posted by parkbench
on Jul 9, 2010 -