Take CD Ripping Service Reviews With A Grain Of Salt

 

A-salt-ed!

If you are planning on paying someone to rip your entire CD collection, chances are it’s not something you’re taking lightly and you want to do a bit of research first. The natural place might be to start with a Google search for ‘CD Ripping Service Reviews’ or ‘Best CD Ripping Service’. Though our service has been very favorably reviewed in the past by the likes of Wired, iLounge and Live Digitally, we may not pop up on your first search. The reason for this is that most of the online reviews of CD Ripping Services are dated. A lot of services were reviewed 3-5 years ago when the concept of CD ripping services was supposedly ‘fresh’. More recent reviews tend to focus on one company, rather than comparing several companies.

Because these reviews are dated or one-sided, the consumer does not get nearly the entire picture. For one thing, if other companies are like us they have vastly improved their offerings in the last few years. Improvements in metadata, hardware and software have decreased the possibility for errors and increased turnaround time. Because we have to worry less about the technical side of things, we personally have focused our efforts on things that are extremely important to us, such as delivering super high quality music files and flawless metadata/artwork. We are also trying to educate consumers and potential clients about the value of choosing a better quality audio (or archival) format, such as FLAC, Apple Lossless, or WAV. In fact, the only way you can currently get this quality is by ripping your own CDs, since none of the major online stores (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) sell anything but MP3s.

Based on what we’re seeing there hasn’t been any decrease in demand for CD ripping services. If anything, there has been a recent increase. We think this is due to the fact that many people are realizing that a CD ripping service is a pretty good all around value proposition when compared to purchasing digital LP downloads, or re-ripping poorly formatted collections. Studies have also shown that people are not entirely sold on the ‘streaming’ or ‘cloud’ models, and that they want to own their music in physical form, even if it’s just a digital file. Because of all this, it would be nice if a well known tech or audiophile publication took another look at CD ripping services in order to provide a comprehensive overview and review. Until then, take CD ripping service reviews with a grain of salt!

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