CD Collections

Tuesday 28th June, 2005
Just been reading Darren Adams' latest post on his site that talks about the ongoing growth of his CD collection, something we've surely all suffered from at some time.

CDs hit the world in the late 80's and I got my first 'midi system' that included a CD around in the xmas of 1989, this made me 14yrs old...just at the stage of maturing from singles to albums. This means that the majority of my collection (in fact nearly all) was bought on CD and it's simply huge. I accumulated lots of CD singles up until around the time I left university and since then have been building up various artist albums and complilations. It's funny how I remember what the first record I bought was, but I haven't got a clue what my first CD was!

Anyway, back on topic, CD's are in nice tidy cases just 5 or 6mm thick but when you've got hundreds of the things they seriously fill up some space. A few years back I bought a full height Billy bookcase from IKEA for the job. A few extra shelves from their accessory section and I had row upon row of alphabetically sorted albums. A second bookcase later followed for DVDs and PS2 games.

And then it started getting full...

All the shelves were full, but I had more CDs that that. I started lying them horizontally in the gaps between the shelves. Soon it became totally unmanageable. And then it happened...just one word...Sonos.

Being an iPod owner, I'd already begun ripping a nice collection of digital music onto my PC but I still needed the CDs around to be able to play them at home, but now I don't. All my CDs are ripped in iTunes as before but now I can play them in any room of the house.

The end result? Last weekend I loaded up 2 empty Sonos boxes with around 300 CDs, taped them up and put them in the loft. I don't need them any more and neither does my bookshelf. When completed ripping I will have an entire empty bookshelf just waiting for me to put something on them. I don't need to keep them stored alphabetically any more and I never have to get up to change disc.

Darren - Buy a Sonos system, it's a no-brainer for an iPod owner. I don't know of one person who's seen Sonos in the flesh and not added it to their shopping list!

  1. 1) Darren Said: (28/06/2005 13:40:02 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    The Sonos System looks great... however... the main reason for keeping the CDs is not to play them in the house but in the car. I do a lot of miles (360 tomorrow, looking forward to that) and regularly change the stack of 6 CDs that sit in the boot. In the house we use the JBL iPod speakers, although the wife uses it more than me.

  2. 2) Darren Said: (28/06/2005 13:44:22 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    £900? Blimey. IBM don't pay us that much and I have 5 mouths to feed (okay, one's a dog and one's a hamster).

  3. 3) Ben Rose Said: (28/06/2005 13:46:58 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    ■900 gives you 2 rooms though, so more like ■450/room.

    It's a quality player with added value, the cost is justified.

  4. 4) Ben Rose Said: (28/06/2005 15:04:37 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    Can use you iPod in the car...holds much more than a cd changer and you change the contents more often.

  5. 5) Richard Schwartz Said: (28/06/2005 19:22:59 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    The Sonos system sounds great. But I solved my CD storage problem years ago. I bought 600 Case Logic ProSleeves ({ Link } ) I also bought six boxes built for storing them. The ones I bought were cardboard but there are better cases available from DJ supply houses. The CD, cover art, and insert all go into the sleeves. The spine label is inserted into the top of the sleeve for indexing. It not only takes up a lot less space this way (about 1/3 to 1/5th, depending on the thickness of the inserts in the various CDs), allowing me to keep about 50 CDs in a small box in my car, but it also weighs a lot less.


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