Scott Hanselman

Oh yes, it kicks much booty - Just ripped my whole CD Collection to MP3 with RipDigital

August 3, '04 Comments [12] Posted in Musings
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I'm sorry my friends, but darnit, I'll spent a buck it if will save me time and hassle.  Ripping CDs was en vogue back in the day, but I've got hundreds and I'm sorry, there's no way I'm going to sit and swap discs.

So, I sent my stack (pictured at right) to RipDigital.com and they sent me back DVDs with all my music on them.  I had mine ripped at 224kpbs CBR MP3, but they'll even do lossless if you're an audiophile

The whole process was fantastically smooth.  They sent me that box and CD Spindle (pictured) and an already filled out FedEx slip.  Put the CDs on the Spindle and drop the FedEx box at work in the mail room.  A week later (I'm in Portland and they are in New York) the DVDs and my CDs (insured for $1000) showed up.

I love it when a plan comes together.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Tuesday, August 03, 2004 9:18:41 AM UTC
Sounds good, but do they do vinyl, too? ;)
Tuesday, August 03, 2004 12:37:40 PM UTC
I've been thinking about doing this for a while now. Maybe I'll actually do it this time, thanks for the push.
Greg
Tuesday, August 03, 2004 1:43:42 PM UTC
good
Tuesday, August 03, 2004 3:09:58 PM UTC
Nice news... I haven't found such a service in France until now, too bad. I know the pain it is to rip the CD by yourself. So far, I've just reached something like 100 hours of music, and much of my CDs remain to be processed.
Tuesday, August 03, 2004 4:14:23 PM UTC
That sounds like a sweet deal. Wish I waited, before I sat down and ripped almost 1000 CDs on my own. I had 4 drives ripping at once, though, so I had a whole assembly line thingy going. All in all, it's awesome having all my music at the click of a mouse. Don't know if I'll ever open up one of these jewel cases again. They're basically backups. I'll only need to if I have to "reinstall".
Tuesday, August 03, 2004 4:15:02 PM UTC
Couldn't resist the joke.
Judging by the screenshot you now have 23.9 GB worth of garbage LOL.
The way things are going, sonn you'll be able to send your CD's and receive them back along with an already loaded iPod.
Sergio Pereira
Tuesday, August 03, 2004 4:20:42 PM UTC
Actually ;) you can send the CDs to these folks and they'll send back a Firewire Drive if you like!
Scott Hanselman
Wednesday, August 04, 2004 7:31:34 AM UTC
What _exactly_ is the "unique identifying mark" they put in each file?

That's one thing that lept out to my mind - outside of that it looks like a really nice service.

JasonM
Thursday, August 05, 2004 2:01:19 AM UTC
What do you bet that RipDigital keeps a massive databased repository of MP3's and use the CD that you send in as a license of your right to get a copy of songs from that repository. If you send in some obscure CD then they add it to their repository. Over time it would allow them to minimize the amount of ripping they had to do and expedite the turnaround time.
Shawn Swaner
Thursday, August 05, 2004 9:22:15 AM UTC
Thats what I thought. They do specifically say in their faq that they don't do this though.

If they were to do this, wouldn't it mean that they themselves would need a license for the tracks?

Would be pretty sweet to just take a copy for your own personal use though...

Pete
Pete Bassett
Friday, August 06, 2004 3:16:58 PM UTC
Am I the only one who thinks that >$1 per CD is a bit expensive? I have more than 500 CDs and really don't want to spent $500 getting them ripped. I guess I'll just keep going with my "a few a week" approach.
Wednesday, August 11, 2004 3:51:17 PM UTC
Too bad they do not have a repository of CDs already ripped. They could add to their service that ability to recover scratched CDs, which may add a lot of value to their service.

Any idea on what happens if you send them a CD in poor condition?
theCoach
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