Thursday, 24 August 2006

The ripping ordeal

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.


Martin Wain said...

Its time you started ripping with Media Monkey. Very much less typing involved

Moshe Reuveni said...

Anything is better than Media Player, but most of my typing as far as ripping is concerned is with CD-R compilations (a minority) and very rare CDs that no one has heard of and cannot be found anywhere on the web. Most of those rare CDs are cheap classical CDs (which doesn't mean their music is not good), CDs from Israel, or just very old CDs that were so unsuccsseful you can't find any mentioning of them on the web.
Overall these problematic CDs don't amount to much in numbers, but they do take a long time to tackle.