Scott Hanselman

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

August 03, 2004 Comment on this post [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 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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August 03, 2004 9:18
Sounds good, but do they do vinyl, too? ;)
August 03, 2004 12:37
I've been thinking about doing this for a while now. Maybe I'll actually do it this time, thanks for the push.
August 03, 2004 13:43
August 03, 2004 15:09
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.
August 03, 2004 16:14
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".
August 03, 2004 16:15
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.
August 03, 2004 16:20
Actually ;) you can send the CDs to these folks and they'll send back a Firewire Drive if you like!
August 04, 2004 7:31
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.

August 05, 2004 2:01
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.
August 05, 2004 9:22
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...

August 06, 2004 15:16
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.
August 11, 2004 15:51
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?

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