What to do? CD/iTunes related.

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  1. jourdo

    jourdo TFW2005 Supporter

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    I've finally going through my older CD's and transferring them onto iTunes. I've come across a bunch of CD's I forgot I owned and many I have little desire to keep anymore. For those that have digitized their CD collections... What did you do with the CD's when you were done? Did you throw them into storage? Sell them off?

    My wife and I are leaning to selling them to a second hand store if possible. My only concerns are two-fold:

    1. What if something happens to the MP3's? It would be nice to have the originals... just in case.
    2. What if I decide I want higherquality MP3's at a later date? Currently I record at 128. Good enough for me (right now) and easy on the hard drive.

    What would you do or have you done?

    Also, just out of curiosity, what is the legal aspect to having the music on my computer if I were to sell the CD? Do I give up my rights to using the song? Always wondered about this.

    Anyways, your thoughts/opinions would be appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Megatronwp38

    Megatronwp38 Megatron? Is that you!?!?

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    I keep the CDs. You will eventually get a new computer and or MP3 Player and have to reload all the songs. You could get a virus, the files could become corrupt. Any number of possibilities that you would want to have the hard copy for. I bought one of those huge case logic cases that holds like 500 CDs and put them all in there and threw away the jewel cases. THat way they are easier to store.
     
  3. Chaos Incarnate

    Chaos Incarnate Not just a name.

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    I wouldn't know, I don't buy CDs. :D 
     
  4. ckhtiger

    ckhtiger old skool fool

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    I converted all of my cd's to mp3's about a year and a half ago. I put them on my 40gb creative labs nomad, then sold them all off at about an average of $1.25 each at newbury comics and cd warehouse. I had about 250 cds, which is why I was willing to accept such a little amount for them. then I took the money and bought an external hard drive to back up all of those mp3's. I literally do not use cds anymore.
     
  5. getoninja

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    I keep all my orignal CDs and some CDs that I barrow I usally make back-ups from the orignals, so I can rip into MP3s in the future

    Just make back-ups from the original CDs then sell your CDs
     
  6. Boardwise

    Boardwise is scary - Sig Killer - M Super Mod

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    I still have all my old CD's that I have ripped onto my computer.

    You could back up the files onto CD or DVD thus storing a whole lot more in a little amount of space, or have all you music stored on a external HD so if you got a new computer down the line you could easily transfer it over.

    As for the issue of having the music on your computer and selling the CD I'm not so sure about.
     
  7. RabidYak

    RabidYak Go Ninja Go Ninja Go

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    I only use ripped music for portable devices, I use the CDs themselves when i'm at home.

    If I did want to get rid of my CDs, I would rip them all in a lossless format using software with no DRM capabilites and then copy them to at least two other places. I certainly wouldent use the likes of MP3 for archival purposes, least of all ones ripped with proprietary software like iTunes.
     
  8. Ktulu

    Ktulu Whoosh TFW2005 Supporter

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    I'd keep the originals purely for uh...nostalgia I guess. There's something about actually owning an album physically that merely having the songs on a computer can't really measure up to, to me anyway.

    Also, CDs don't sell for much, especially used, so what's the use anyway? Like you said, it'd be nice to at least have a back up incase something goes shit with the computer or whatever.
     
  9. Belgrath

    Belgrath Boom! Nutshot!

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    I keep them (doesn't hurt to keep the originals :)  ), so that I can upload them again whenever I need to reformat my comp.
     
  10. Omegatron

    Omegatron Mandatory Fun. Buy it now TFW2005 Supporter

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    I would think that legally, you only own the rights to the songs as long as the copy that you purchased is in your posession. I'm sure the RIAA would probably have some info- though they probably don't even want you to burn your own music digitally at all. As for me, I'm planning to get an iPod sometime soon, but I doubt I'll sell any CDs off. I like the booklets and artwork too much.

    -Tony!
     
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    Why not save yourself some work and back them up instead of doing that every time?
     
  12. Grimlock_13

    Grimlock_13 Reformed Geewunner

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    I keep all my cds...I still have CD players at my house and in my car, so...
     
  13. OmegaScourge

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    i leave my original CDs on a shelf and make a copy for my car (and work), and make a mp3 for my Desktop and Laptop, and put it on the iPOD (though only certain songs)

    and though you own the original CD, you are not suppose to make copies of it (just like DVDs and mp3s you buy on the net).
     
  14. Shipley

    Shipley No Topic Required

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    so thoughtful for you to join the conversation then! thanks for being part of the problem.


    Anyway, I try to hold on to my CDs, but I can't help but junk a lot of soundtracks and singles with little more than a single song I like. I wouldn't sell anything from a band you really like because lets face it, the CD is still the best quality audio and unless you take up a lossless conversion (which takes up MUCH more space) you're better off keeping them.

    About 75 cds were stolen from my car a few years ago and as you can pobably guess, they were almost all my favorites. I've been living off mp3 back-ups since then and I hate it. they're fine for casual listening, but I can't listen to some of the more ambient stuff on my home theater without noticing the loss from compression...
     
  15. Spekkio

    Spekkio Master of War

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    I'd definitely keep the discs. Hard drives are fickle things - and I don't know of any backup solution that's all that secure. CDs, if kept well, can last 10 years, aren't vulnerable (as far as I know) to magnetic damage/power surges/etc. I like what a previous poster said about putting them in a case and recycling/disposing of the jewel cases.
     
  16. jourdo

    jourdo TFW2005 Supporter

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    Thank you all for the opinions. Looks like it actually does make sense to hang on to the little coasters... just in case.
     
  17. artiepants

    artiepants Just over here punching Unicron.

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    i encode everything in ITunes lossless format and back 'em up to a HD, then convert to 320 AAC (they just sound better to me than MP3 for soem reason, less compression on the highs or something)
     

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