I've been using Spotify for a few years, but yeah I've got a good CD collection as well. Guess it's time to get burning. Wonder how long it will take to fill up a 1 TB HD? I wish Spotify offered higher quality streaming. Does anyone know if there is a plan for this kind of streaming service?
I'll keep watching this site - just another obsession to add to my list. Next I want to get some earbuds for work (to be used with my mobile phone). Probably spend A LOT less on those. I'm afraid to ask for a recommendation. Although, I think I need to make custom fitting caps or whatever you call them - my ears are sensitive to things being put in them.
Thanks again for your comments, advice and recommendatins. I'll update this thread after I've received them!
The term you meant is ripping, not burning. I highly recommend dBpoweramp for that. There is a free 21 day trial which downgrades to a permanent free version that you never need to upgrade unless you want the extra features. (If you need any help using it, just ask.)
Even if you prefer the convenience of lossy formats, always rip your CDs to lossless. You can then convert those files to any other format you desire. (dBpoweramp is great here as well.) To save time, you can use the Multi-Encoder to rip to multiple formats at once.
You can never convert between lossy formats without damaging the fidelity. If you ever need to convert a lossy file (such as for compatibility reasons with exclusive digital content), convert it to lossless; it will retain the quality of the lossy file you converted from, at the expense of added file space. You can also never convert that lossy-to-lossless file to lossy again without further damaging it, since it is already lossy. Thus, the importance of keeping a lossless backup if possible.
Compressed lossless formats like FLAC and Apple Lossless reduce the original uncompressed file size by 20-50%. If your average single-disc album takes up, say, 350 MB, you would be able to fit over 2,800 albums into 1 TB. I have a 12 TB external hard drive array that is nearly full due to my mad experiments.
There are lossless streaming services out there, though I doubt any can match what an in-house system is capable of.
For what it's worth, I can't listen to cheap earbuds. I don't know of any that sound remotely listenable...and I don't have direct experience with high-end in-ear monitors, which are said to sound amazing.
Edited by Music Alchemist - 7/12/14 at 3:23pm