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What should I do with all my CDs?

Asked by Megan64 (5826points) May 26th, 2014 from iPhone

I have several hundred music CDs that I’d like digital access to, no matter where I am. I’d prefer not to spend a year uploading them. Would a cloud fulfill the storage purpose? I there a service that does this on the cheap? Right now they’re just sitting in binders being neglected. It’s sad.

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Darth_Algar's avatar

Even if you use a cloud server you’re going to have to upload them.

johnpowell's avatar

If you have a iPhone or iPod you should look into iTunes match. It is 25 bucks a year (2 bucks a month). It will scan your library and if the itunes store has the songs you have in the store it will add it without uploading. It will upload the stuff store doesn’t have. I have around 12000 songs in my library and it matched about 9000 of the songs so it only uploaded about 3000 songs.

From there it lets you just stream your music from Apple’s servers when you are on the go.

And in the event of a hard drive failure you can just download all your music again. I mainly use it for a back-up of my music. And when you download the music it comes back down as a 256K AAC file. I ripped all my CD’s as 128K back in 2001 when I had a 20 Gig hard drive. So it was a way to upgrade most of my music.

hearkat's avatar

We used about 4 years ago. They transfer all your CDs onto digital format (several options available), and give you technology in exchange. When they started, the iPod was the main item available, then they included iPhones, then iPads; once Android and other options came out, they extended their offerings.

jaytkay's avatar

Rip the CDs to disk
a) Yourself
b) Or Google “CD ripping service”

Install Google Music Manager

Music Manager will take days to upload your music, but you don’t have to pay any attention to it – it works completely unattended in the background. (It did slow down my Internet access but that was a one-time annoyance).

Your music is now available for streaming on any web connected device.
Also Music Manager will continue to upload all the new music as you add it to your collection.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Cover the outside of an old pickup truck with them. You might get to be on TV, or at least put yourself on youtube.

Megan64's avatar

I’ve decided to upload them to an external hard drive, then subscribe to iTunes match, then I’ll either drop all the CDs off on my friend’s doorstep or I’ll glue them to the outside of our truck.

Thanks for the advice folks!

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Remember, the truck was my idea. ;)

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