Is Your CD Collection Still Sitting On Shelves?

 

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Now that we have moved squarely into the digital age, most of us really don’t want CDs occupying our shelf space, right? You want all those CDs on some digital device or player but the task seems like a pain or is just plain daunting. You could bone up by reading one of the many articles out there about how best to do this. Or, you could let professionals like us handle it. The benefit to doing it yourself of course is that it doesn’t cost you anything but time! But by using a professional cd ripping service you are actually getting benefits and value beyond what’s immediately apparent. What format is best for your situation and setup? CD to MP3, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, AAC? By getting to know our clients and asking them a few questions, we can guide them to the best choice. What about all the song information and album art? We offer one of the best database and metadata packages available (much better than what you get if ripping your own CDs), ensuring that your library is completely organized and easily browsed when you load the music files to your device. So what are you waiting for? Clear those shelves and rediscover your music collection!

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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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Take CD Ripping Service Reviews With A Grain Of Salt

 

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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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