Originally Posted by elmoe
I beg to differ. Getting a few TBs of hard drive space has never been so cheap. As mentioned previously, you only need 300usd for about 6TB (3x2TB hard drives), that's probably cheaper than the furniture you'd need to store that many CDs.
As for DAPs I never really understood why people would need their whole collection on them at all times. I have about 30GB of mp3s on my phone and I already spend too much time figuring out what I'm going to listen to next
Almost everything I listen to has to be bought on CD and ripped. It's simply not available otherwise. It's a lot of trouble to rip twice and it's not worth it to me as I have the CDs to listen to at home and AAC 256 VBR is good enough for work. I often have to delete from my 80 GB iPod to make room for new material. I guess it's depends on what you listen to, how, where, &c.
I'm not sure how much more space I'd need on a DAP for lossless. What would 80 GB in AAC 256 VBR be in an uncompressed loseless format?
It seems to me that DAPs are getting worse in this regard. The most common higher amount of storage currently available if you don't want use microSD is 64 GB (e.g., iPod Touch, Sony F series), less than my old iPod. That's probably enough space for pop songs, but not for classical where most pieces are half an hour and I generally want to have more than one performance of a piece with me. Guess I'll have to delete some Bach to make room for other Bach.