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2004-06-26, 08:49
Strictly not a slim question, but I am about to load the bulk of my cd
collection on to my hard drive array. There's about 2500 of them and I want
to find a (cheap) automated way of doing it. Does anyone have any experience
of CD autoloaders? I currently use musicmatch as my ripping and cataloging
software but am not wedded to it.

Any pointers gratefully received

Andy
(in the UK)

jacobdp
2004-06-26, 09:00
> Strictly not a slim question, but I am about to load the bulk of my cd
> collection on to my hard drive array. There's about 2500 of them and I want
> to find a (cheap) automated way of doing it. Does anyone have any experience
> of CD autoloaders? I currently use musicmatch as my ripping and cataloging
> software but am not wedded to it.

If you want cheap, you don't want an autoloader...

What I would do is just load a bunch of CD-ROM drives in a computer
(as many as you can fit) and spend the afternoon swapping CDs. A good
ripper program should be able to run with no user input and eject the
CD once it's done - put the computer in front of the TV or something
and swap the discs as needed.

Michael Brouwer
2004-06-26, 09:36
If you care about getting accurate rips the only option out there that
I know of is EAC on Windows. Every other ripping program I've tried,
cdparanoia and cdda2wav on Redhat Linux, iTunes on Mac OS X, etc. all
happily rip a scratched CD with read errors and report that everything
is dandy (when you play the track you'll know it's not). EAC is the
only program I've found that will tell you when there is a read error,
so you can clean the CD, or failing that get a copy of the CD you are
trying to rip from a friend, and get an accurate rip.

It's at http://www.exactaudiocopy.org/ (it's postcardware, you send the
author a postcard if you like it, but not open source sadly). There is
also info there on which drives to use. Ideally you want a drive that
doesn't do read caching and does support returning true C2 errors, you
can find lot's of drives at sub $50,- prices that will do. EAC can
also correct for sample offsets. Most drives will get the start of a
track wrong by about +-1200 samples.

EAC supports cddb queries and has both built in and external compressor
support. I've set it up to compress everything it rips uses FLAC
directly while adding FLAC metatags to the files being ripped. You
could configure it to compress to mp3 or ogg or some other lossy format
too if that's you thing, though I wouldn't recommend it.

Michael


On Jun 26, 2004, at 9:00 AM, Jacob Potter wrote:

>> Strictly not a slim question, but I am about to load the bulk of my cd
>> collection on to my hard drive array. There's about 2500 of them and
>> I want
>> to find a (cheap) automated way of doing it. Does anyone have any
>> experience
>> of CD autoloaders? I currently use musicmatch as my ripping and
>> cataloging
>> software but am not wedded to it.
>
> If you want cheap, you don't want an autoloader...
>
> What I would do is just load a bunch of CD-ROM drives in a computer
> (as many as you can fit) and spend the afternoon swapping CDs. A good
> ripper program should be able to run with no user input and eject the
> CD once it's done - put the computer in front of the TV or something
> and swap the discs as needed.
>