Music Jukebox

Wednesday 20th October, 2004
I have a dedicated server machine in my home and I'm considering turning it into a nice big music jukebox by ripping my CD collection. It could then be played through any PC machine in the house or directly through the hi-fi system with a soundcard in the server.

The resistance lies in the whole ripping process. Is there an easy way or ripping a massive load of CD's without much manual input? (Obviously the disc will need to be changed). Also, assuming this will take many hours, would it be sensible to backup the results? I wouldn't want a hard drive corruption or loss to mean I had to start again from scratch. Maybe just burning as many tracks as I can to a DVD-R would be sensible.

Any experience you can share would be welcomed.

  1. 1) Ben Rose Said: (20/10/2004 10:16:45 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Music Jukebox

    Thanks G for his MSN response...

    G says:

    XBox

    G says:

    latest XBMC has a ripper built in

    G says:

    slap the disc in, hit go - thats it

    Ben@Work says:

    you're supposed to post on the blog

    G says:

    or for the pc, use eac

    G says:

    { Link }

    G says:

    it will link into cddb too

    Ben@Work says:

    it's the data loss i'm more concerned about

    G says:

    then you'll need to find a lossless codec

    G says:

    but the same prog will do

    Ben@Work says:

    just if i lost the hard drive i'd have to start again

    G says:

    yep - mirror the data - get another hard drive

    G says:

    200gig for 70 quid i think

    G says:

    try FLAC for lossless compression - { Link }

  2. 2) Danny Jamieson Said: (20/10/2004 12:34:55 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Rip Digital

    This lot are in the States:

    { Link }

    Sounds like a fantastic service. If I remember correctly, you are based in the UK - see whether there is an equivalent service.

    Otherwise, I did my somewhat modest collection with MusicMatch. The beauty is that it has Gracenote (CDDB) lookup and there is no limitation as to the quality of the MP3 file produced.

  3. 3) Mike Munnis Said: (25/10/2004 15:27:14 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Music Jukebox

    This may sound a bit odd, but I would give it a shot. The RIO Manager software for the RIO Karma player has a "bulk ripper" (for lack of a better term). It allows you to specify all the encoding properties, then set it to batch mode. Basically you just keep switching CDs and it encodes in the background, while continually prompting you for CDs. It works great and I've done about 200 CDs in my collection in fairly short order.

    Now, it may sound strange to use a tool for a device you don't own, but hear me out. It's a free download off the RIO site and the installation didn't require my rio (or base unit) present during the install or for ripping.

    Just a thought..

  4. 4) Ben Rose Said: (25/10/2004 18:49:12 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Music Jukebox

    Cheers Mike, sounds good.

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