Wall Street Journal Reviews CD Ripping Services


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The Wall Street Journal recently published an article entitled ‘It’s time to make your CDs Obsolete’, wherein they discuss the merits of ripping CDs and CD collections to higher quality Lossless formats (FLAC, Apple Lossless, WMA Lossless), instead of downloading or streaming music which is always lossy (MP3, AAC, WMA) quality.

Though for some reason the author was not aware of our company or services, the article does a good job of explaining why there is value in using a professional CD ripping service as opposed to doing it yourself or hiring the neighbor’s kid to do it on the cheap: “Even if you have a lot of time on your hands or can hire a team of neighborhood tweens to rip CDs for you, it’s worth leaving this task to the pros. Professional conversion facilities use high-end CD drives that rip more reliably than the drive on a home computer. Most importantly, they have access to professional tagging databases and use software that checks the final conversions to be sure they match their source CDs perfectly.”

One point that the the author only alludes to (that we stress heavily here at dmp3 Music) is metadata quality and album art. Even with the professional tagging databases that we have access to, the resulting collection can still be fairly unorganized and inconsistent in terms of artist, album, track and genre data. This is why we developed our DataClean™ process. The idea is to take professional tagging to the next level by going through your collection with our own software, scripts, and finally a human eye to create the cleanest, most organized digital music library possible, with embedded high resolution artwork (not just the 250×250 offered by some tagging services) across the board. Generally we also apply this process to classical music, which many services charge extra for. If you are considering a CD ripping service, what’s the most important thing to you? Price, turnaround, drives and encoders used, metadata organization, album art? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section.

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