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In Reply to: RE: inroduced in ~ 2010, $1-2k, used CD player: worth? posted by dave789 on March 03, 2017 at 17:47:57
have you considered moving to a steamer based system using a Raspberry Pi player along with your choice of DAC?
The flexibility and ease of access to anything in my digital library is addictive. I cannot imagine returning to the need to spin one disk at a time.
...for clear, simple information on a sort of "how-to for dummies" way on what you said- using the Raspberry Pi as a music streamer?
I couldn't bother to learn all the geeky stuff about ripping using a PC, so I went the simpler route and bought a RipNAS (similar devices are available) that combine a ripper drive with a NAS, plus all the required software for grabbing metadata, cover artwork, precise bit count required for perfect rip, etc.
These devices use twin hard drives to offer some degree of backup in the event of a HD failure, but best to make separate ones from time to time. The ripped CDs are stored in folders and, where 2 or more CDs have the same Composer or Artist, it usually places all within the Artist's folder, reducing the amount of post-ripping juggling to get the CDs where you want them stored.
With Classical in particular, you'll find that many of the CD folders are mis-filed, often because the "artist" is considered as the conductor or orchestra or soloist rather than the composer. Using Windows, CD folders can be easily re-named or re-filed to suit your preference. I personally find it useful to have a number of master folders (Classical, Jazz, World & Weird, etc) so I can look only in that section of my library if I'm looking for a particular type of music to listen to. Again (a personal preference) I like to find my music via the Folders route with either Sonos or Bluesound app. With 1000+ CDs, using Artists or Composers is a waste of time as everyone on every CD with any credit seems to find their way into an endless list of 10000 names and you can't see the wood for the trees. Going straight to my Classical main folder, then say Beethoven, I'm shown a list of all my Beethoven music. If I went to Artists or Composers, I'd have to look under B(eethoven) and L(udvig) for my Beethoven in both sections - and still miss the ones where the metadata considers the soloist or orchestra is the artist or composer! I don't mess about with correcting metadata (although for classical it's dire) as this is time consuming and unnecessary if you simply cut and paste any mis-filed CDs to where you think they should belong.
That's my "dummies guide" but other will have other ways to their handle hard drive stored music
for which there is no one answer.
Over a period of time I ripped all my CDs to FLAC. This I did to include tagging and some level of compression. One can do that free with programs like EAC or for a nominal investment, dbPowerAmp which is a better app with more capability.
The main question becomes: how do you want to stream your library?
Since I have a capable desktop, I ripped all my content along with downloaded content to it. I run Logitech Music Server (LMS) on it which feeds multiple players in my environment. On the other hand, one can localize the server and run everything from a simple Raspberry PI environment with a USB drive containing the library.
There are many folks over at Computer who are happy to assist you in building your digital library. The good news is that one can purchase a RPI player for $120 and either leverage storage from your PC (as I do) or use a standalone USB drive to provide a first rate and inexpensive digital playback system.
I am not excellent at computer.
Every few years, my Windows laptop stops working and I end up complete reinstall of Windows and programs. Very time consuming.
A few years ago, I tried to rip some CDs and organize music files with iTunes on my mac mini, but it was not trivial: how to organize (especially classical music CD), what to do with booklet, the method of sharing with other device and other family members. I spent quite a time learning very little. I gave up.
Use a free program like Macrium to image your OS drive before it gets corrupted. Use CCleaner to keep crap from accumulating.
I agree that tagging can be more complicated that it should. First suggestion - don't use iTunes. Get a free application like EAC or better yet, dbPoweramp. There are lots of free tagging editors like Tag&Rename to fine tune the results.
I deploy my digital library to multiple sources: main system using uRendu player, garage system using Touch (soon to be RPi) player, Oppo 103 in HT, office system that also drives in house and around pool speakers and to three iOS devices using the iPeng app.
Yes, it takes some time to create an open source library (I use FLAC), but the benefits can be enormous in terms of convenience and flexibility. Maybe in my soon-to-be retirement, I need to write a "How to Create a Digital Library for Dummies" and offer consulting services. :)
Some guys here seem to spend a lot of time and energy organising and backing up their music libraries.
Me, I just buy at least two hdds and copy all music, video and backup contents on them.
Compression? Why do it other than IT religion?
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