Other than talking people through truck repair questions on another forum most of my computer’s processor time is used to do “Audio Crunching” (for personal use).
Though I will admit to doing some ripping and compressing (in bulk)
for friends that have a lack of patience, technical knowledge or simply no time to do it for themselves…
I just finished grinding my way through 200-ish CD’s for a neighbor
thiough I was “interrupted” twice by seperate boot drive crash events and a switch in computer and operating system fortunatly it was music I liked which made it less “painful”.
what did make it painful was the fact that my neighbor didn’t take particularly good care of their CD’s, so about 1/4 of the discs were badly scratched which required careful cleaning, scratch filling
and time consuming secure mode ripping.
But in many cases I “cheated” and simply substituted rips from my own (well cared for) copy of the same CD, I have most of my CD collection archived as uncompressed wav files.
the thing to do is deal with the disc that will rip “cleanly” first and save any “Special Needs CDs” for special TLC at the end when you’ve gotten the bulk of the job out of the way.
Yeah, FLAC, WMA-Lossless & AAC-Lossless take up less HDD space
I cnsider the time that must be taken to compress (and subsequently
to uncompress) those files to be simply not worth the effort.
when it’s a choice between compressing and simply buying another
$80 320Gb HDD another HDD is an easy choice for me.
Frankly the only reason I actually use mp3’s is a reason that some people find “odd” until I explain it… it’s about transfer write time.
10Mb mp3 files can be moved around faster than 60meg wav files.
well… that and for mobile playback I still use optical media (CD-R’s)
in a 10disc CD changer (for which I have multiple magazines)
a friend of mine jokingly calls it the world’s largest 7.7Gb iPod, but I can swap out it’s entire media stack in about 10 seconds by pushing the cartridge eject button and inserting a spare magazine.
And even playing 320kBit mp3’s on CD-R’s each disc will play
for ~4-1/2 hours. that’s 45 HOURS for each magazine…
when I can get a solid state iPod (Nano) with atleast 32Gb
(I’d prefer 64Gb) I’ll get one, but the currently available 16Gb Nano simply doesn’t “do it” for me.
I simply don’t trust the teenie weenie mechanical HDD inside the current 120Gb iPod “classic” enough to spend $250 on one.
I can buy an awful lot of (essentially disposable) CD-R’s for $250…
and funny thing, I can drop a CD-R and most of the time it’ll