By now I'm a week or so into the great ripping ordeal - converting all the music I have on CDs to the MP3 format, so I can load it all to my new MP3 player.
The problem is that I have lots of CDs - many hundreds of them - and that even with a good desktop at hand and a couple of CD drives at the helm, it still takes ages. It's also addictive: you gaze at the pile of CDs, thinking about all the musical treasures hidden in them and wondering how come you let so many years pass by since you last listened to those CDs, and you just keep on feeding them to the PC as if on a production line; but just like Newman's post, they keep coming and coming in a never ending stream of more.
No matter how much time I dedicate to the task, it's still far from enough. I sit for half an hour and do like 20 CDs; I sit for two hours and do some 20 CDs, because with some I have to type in the music's details (thanks, Microsoft, for not being able to identify them through Media Center). And what's 20 CDs? It's nothing! The rest of them just stare at me back from the shelf.
It makes me wonder how old I'm going to be by the time I finish ripping them all. And whether I'll survive the sleep deprivation.