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How selling off your +900 CD collection sounds like.
Astronomer-turned-celebrity Brian Cox symphatized with this guy's plea on Tweeter.

So do most of us digital audio quality-seekers, I believe, in variable degrees.

Or do we?

"Can I live without those cracked plastic cases of magic and memories?"
Listen to the music, not the media.

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Already had that conversation with my wife. They're all ripped to FLAC, and have gone up in the loft. Not sold. Just because.

Just occasionally I wish I could have been bothered to scan the inlays properly - and once in a blue moon the booklets.

And of course the kids just use YouTube

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Reply #2
How about
a. Just keeping the graphics or a copy of it (That should compress space needed at least 10:1)
b. Developing the app that would recognize the cover (web cam?) and play the correct song fromwhatever-fy?
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I got rid of the plastic a cases; I have a  few drawersful of CDs in sleeves, and another drawer of booklets and inlays.

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Dirt cheap storage in EMPTY CD/DVD CAKE BOX SPINDLE -100 DISCS


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Dirt cheap storage in EMPTY CD/DVD CAKE BOX SPINDLE -100 DISCS



That's my solution as well.  A box of spindles in the garage.  All the music is ripped to FLAC.

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Unfortunately my wife still only plays CDs, so I am stuck with shelves of jewel cases.

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I have these and they are fantastic. You preserve the album art and back tray insert but use 1/4 the space (if not less). If you need to resell and someone wants a jewel case you can always pop it in one.
http://www.spacesavingsleeves.com/

Once you get the hang of it, you can pretty much do it on autopilot while you listen to music or do whatever else.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40hd2-IXpdI

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How about selling your media individually via Amazon, Ebay and or Discogs, then using the proceeds to purchase new music?
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?  ;~)

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It's a generation thing.

Could I live without the CDs (assuming I ever get around to ripping them all, which is unlikely)? Yes, easily. Zero aestheic pleasure in those small discs, bad artwork and lousy-plastic (was that compulsory? part of the standard?) cases? Easily. Wouldn't miss them at all.

Could I give or sell away my modest collection of vinyl LPs, even though they may never be played again, and many of them are unplayable? No: my soul would veto that one!
The most important audio cables are the ones in the brain

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Now that everyone's ditched their CDs, I miss gawking at their (no longer visible) collections when I visit..

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What if one day you need to prove the music on your harddrive was not downloaded?

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I see no reason to sell or store my collection of CD's, they serve as a hard copy in case the four hdd's the rips are stored on all fail simultaneously, also I like having access to the booklets.

The real problem, for me, was cd players being extremely unreliable.

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Zero aestheic pleasure in those small discs, bad artwork and lousy-plastic (was that compulsory? part of the standard?) cases? Easily. Wouldn't miss them at all.

I think it is a "human" thing where any real object (even lousy plastic) that can be hold is automatically given higher value (also monetary) as opposed to some "abstract" stored on disk. That could also be a valid (only?) reason for people to still search for LPs.
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Reply #14
You realize that, at least in the USA, ripping the CD's and then selling the CD's while keeping the ripped files is a violation of the copyright law.  You might be unlikely to be caught, but it is illegal.

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Maybe it's my age, but there's still a lingering distrust of computers somewhere in my subconscious. Although the entire collection is ripped to lossless, I've lost a few and given some away, but I have never sold a CD. I still feel that the inventor of the jewel-case deserves some kind of punishment, though.

In my younger days, I did sell quite a lot of my LPs, but that was out of financial desperation. Luckily, most of the ones that I sold were awful!   :-*

The spindle solution is tempting. I might free up quite a lot of space that way.

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Zero aestheic pleasure in those small discs, bad artwork and lousy-plastic (was that compulsory? part of the standard?) cases? Easily. Wouldn't miss them at all.

I think it is a "human" thing where any real object (even lousy plastic) that can be hold is automatically given higher value (also monetary) as opposed to some "abstract" stored on disk. That could also be a valid (only?) reason for people to still search for LPs.

We had a thread on the subjective reasons that people like LPs. Without LPs, perhaps a CD is better than nothing. We get some artwork, and maybe some useful or enjoyable reading if there is a booklet.
Maybe it's my age, but there's still a lingering distrust of computers somewhere in my subconscious. Although the entire collection is ripped to lossless, I've lost a few and given some away, but I have never sold a CD. I still feel that the inventor of the jewel-case deserves some kind of punishment, though.

In my younger days, I did sell quite a lot of my LPs, but that was out of financial desperation. Luckily, most of the ones that I sold were awful!  :-*

The spindle solution is tempting. I might free up quite a lot of space that way.
Your distrust of computers is absolutely healthy. Distrust your own hard discs, even if RAID,  and distrust "cloud" storage even more! Keep backups: at least two, with one "off-site."  I speak as a retired IT manager. Of course, age may come into it for me too: I retired before the cloud salesmen had a chance to try and get to me!

I was in a major flood back in December. There are quite a few CDs and some DVDs for which the booklets were just a nasty soggy mess. We just chucked all those cases out. it is a loss of real and useful information about the music and the musicians.

Selling stuff? I am mostly too lazy.
The most important audio cables are the ones in the brain

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Now that everyone's ditched their CDs, I miss gawking at their (no longer visible) collections when I visit..
Ah yes, I almost forgot what that feels like.
Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind.

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I was at a friends' place a couple of days ago, and an entire wall of his living room is floor to ceiling fully stacked CD shelves. He insists on playing them on his old Technics CD player, he doesn't want to rip them. Probably for the same reason why some people like LPs; when he puts on an album, he always listens to the whole thing, all the way through.

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I was at a friends' place a couple of days ago, and an entire wall of his living room is floor to ceiling fully stacked CD shelves. He insists on playing them on his old Technics CD player, he doesn't want to rip them. Probably for the same reason why some people like LPs; when he puts on an album, he always listens to the whole thing, all the way through.
I'm the same way, except with a giant chest of drawers full of CDs and an NAD player. They're all ripped, I just prefer to look through my physical collection and fondle instead of searching through text on the squeezebox..

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I listen to full albums, but when I rip a CD that is the last time I touch it. I store them all in a CD rack so I can prove ownership if needed and have a hard backup just in case something totally bizarre happens. It would require a comet to wipe out this city to destroy all my digital music though. I don't distrust computers so much as I know how they work and their limitations, and therefore plan for them. My media (FLAC) is stored on a fault detecting and correcting filesystem with full redundancy (ZFS in a striped mirror set). That is then replicated to 2 different USB drives using different versions of ZFS, one kept on-site and the other rotated out to my parent's house monthly. I expect hard drives to develop bit errors over time and fail randomly. It would take a very improbable set of circumstances to destroy the data on my ZFS pools. But, just in case that happens I have 2 complete backups with one offsite. And if all else fails I still have the CDs. To be honest though, they'll never be needed again.

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Reply #21
On a video game forum I'm on a lot of people would vomiting themselves to death nonstop at this thread.

I don't see myself having 900+ CDs, that's way more then I can realistically listen to.  I only buy stuff I can see myself listening to again in the future because I really liked it.

Human ignorance at it's finest comes in all forms.

From hoarders to those that don't realize what their actually throwing away.

And about CD players being unreliable.  Well they're not designed to be running 24/7.

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I know big box PC games tend to go for a lot of money on Ebay these days. I've seen boxed unopened copies of the Commander Keen games priced over $300.

But I somehow doubt my collection of bad mid-90s music on scratched CDs in cracked cases will ever be worth that much ;-)

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All this somehow reminds me of a British TV documentary/experiment I saw several years ago, where these two fellows from an "uncivilized" (what a mean word!) African indigenous tribe were brought in to the UK to live, Wife Swap-style, among two different families - a wealthier one in the countryside and a suburban middle-class one.

One of their remarks that struck me as revealing was that, regardless of the families' backgrounds/surroundings, they both commented on how white people 'gathered' things they didn't have any practical use for (ie, collectibles and decorations); whereas in their tribes, they only gathered stuff for utilitarian purposes.

Boy, aren't we kids still picking up pebbles/shells on the beach?
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