Ripping your CDs aka masochism: how did you do yours?
Now I always said I would never do this. Feel free to point your finger and snigger 'I told you so'.
What kickstarted it was my purchase of an HRT Strearmer II+ in March after receiving a £250 Long Service Award from my employer. Initially, I used the Streamer just to enjoy my Spotify Premium. Then I made the mistake of test-ripping a couple of my favourite CDs to ALAC in iTunes, and I discovered that iTunes + ALAC rips + BitPerfect sounds better than my CD player. Oh dear. What have I done.
I don't know how other people have approached this, but to save both my sanity and hard-drive space on my Mac Mini I decided to only rip the CDs I thought I was ever likely to sit down and listen to 'properly', as opposed to CDs bought primarily by Mrs Fubar as background music to chat to and 'girly party music'. It's amazing how that criteria expurgated my collection: from 500+ CDs, I narrowed down just over 120 to rip, and during this last weekend, while it seemed like the rest of the country got steaming drunk in blind-adulation for the nation's richest octogenarian whom they've never met and probably never will, I set-to and ripped the lot.
Only trouble is, after ripping all 120+ CDs and tracking-down missing art for quite a considerable number of CDs which I wouldn't exactly class as obscure, just about the very last thing I want to do now is sit down and listen to the damn things. In fact at this point I'd happily torch the lot.
Anyhow I celebrated my new digital freedom last night by hooking-up my iPhone to my Mac Mini and leaving iTunes running overnight to transfer my 'top 75' albums to my iPhone as 128K AACs, so that when I can actually face listening to my music again I've got most of what I like in both glorious HiFi quality on my Mac Mini and in perfectly-listenable quality on my iPhone.