It's a good point about backing up.. Nice thread by the way, quite an interesting read. As a listener from before even the invention of the CD I was always heavily invested in physical music. Had a very nice stereo system that was bought with money from part-time jobs as a teenager. I am of the opinion that working hard for something special adds a lot of value, and I treasured my Marantz gold turntable, Akai receiver and Nakamichi cassette deck. Big Pioneer speakers completed the system, but sadly I cannot recall the make of headphones that I had, even though I used them daily... Bit of a fail for head-fi Anyway, obviously vinyl was the thing, and the ritual was always buying, after careful consideration as every guilder spent really meant something, the desired record and carefully removing from the cover. A quick system check followed, and a blank chrome or laterly metal cassette was cued up, spooled just so as not to miss the opening second of the record. Ah, quite blissful memories indeed. The cassette would serve daily duty and the record used sparingly and always kept pristine, no dust or scratches on my babies. Then the age of the CD, the CD Walkman, and rebuying a lot of music. And of course collecting new CD releases. Never had quite the same magic, somehow, but being better paid meant better equipment, and a rapidly growing collection. Enter the digital age. . First stop was a mp3 player of a brand that totally escapes me now, whatever was the first big storage unit I guess, and as I began traveling the world I ripped all my music to mp3. Then I sold all my CD and record collection for cash to travel. Portable music became my reality. And I slipped out of the technology loop for a long time. Fast forward a decade and I bought my first iPod, coincidentally the last 7th Gen iPod, which is still my main player today. It is filled with 148GB of music, ripped from CD's and yes, also torrented from, you know the places. All in 320, no substandard rips, and every month I look at the latest releases of the music that I like, and any new genres or bands of interest. I download, listen, delete or add to the collection as appropriate. I also cull from the current, as stuff falls out of favour or ceases to be of interest. In that way I keep my collection at about the capacity of my iPod - I know that I don't need to, but it's a habit and a discipline that I have maintained. Currently 18,000+ songs, enough for me to enjoy without hoarding unwanted excess. As for backup, I don't use iTunes anymore, I use Copy Trans which is lightweight, fast and easy once the core collection is established. I keep 3 copies (not including the iPod itself), 1 on my main hard drive, and 2 on removable drives which I keep updated. I don't however have offsite storage, and might look to that in the future. Anyway, I've just rambled down memory lane a bit, and this was fun.