Brilliant. Thanks for all your help. This is exactly what i wanted to know.
I shall now file my CDs on my shelf rather than on my coffee table.
And buy a Superdrive...
Much appreciated, computer nerds.
It's just great having you on the computer-based music section!!
Playlists for when people come round.
System: Unison Research Unico CDE with upgraded DAC, Leema Tucana 2, Kudos Cardea C2, AIAIAI TMA-1 Studio Young Guru, Beyerdynamic MMX102iE.
200 cd's is not a lot - about 65 Gb hard disk space ripping lossless - before you buy anything, how much free space is there still on your hard disk to start with? The superdrive seems to be the first thing to get for ripping.
Also note that external disks are not always silent, some have fans, some are louder than others, some are more portable than others, The G-tech's seem rather cool, if style is more important than Gigs per pound. You can use it with firewire and use the cd superdrive on usb.
Thanks Pete. The only thing that matters to me is sound quality, and of course I don't want to spend millions of hours ripping.
I imagine that I have a huge amount of space on the hard disk as I only really use it to surf the web, and do a small amount of work when I'm out and about. I've certainly not added/downloaded much.
If your OH has a Macbook, you don't need to buy a superdrive as you can access her DVD/CD drive using Remote Disc. The software to enable this should be on the OSX install disc that came with your MacBook Air. Instructions are on this link:
Scroll down to 'install wirelessly with Remote Disc' and open the pull down menu which gives you instructions on how to do this.
May save you £50 to spend on some new cables!
Computer Nerds suffer Windows, creatives enjoy Apple.
P.S. You can't use a firewire drive as Pete suggested, as your MacBook Air (and the new unibody MacBooks) doesn't have a firewire port !
Ah, didn't know Apple ditched firewire from its notebooks. So actually you may not have to buy anything if your hd still has room for now. Bummer. Or some flowers for the Mrs. to compensate for the Macbook use and changing the cd every 5-10 minutes while ripping.