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Old 09-07-2012, 12:30 AM
 
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I'd like to dump my CDs and store (back-up) my music on something other than Cloud storage. What are the best devices out there that allow me to do this?
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:22 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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I'd like to dump my CDs and store (back-up) my music on something other than Cloud storage. What are the best devices out there that allow me to do this?
Are you looking for some sort of all-in-one device? Or just curious how others have done it?

I've ripped perhaps a third of my CD collection over the years just using a standard PC, and I store the resulting digital data in three places:

(1) A portable hard drive. I keep it at work except when making backups of the home machines. Off site backup.
(2) The Buffalo Linkstation I have downstairs along with its attached backup drive.
(3) My Toshiba Gigabeat F40. It only holds 40GB, but that's most of the stuff I have ripped. I don't need all of it.

Most of my digital music is only 128k VBR MP3 format, which is a far cry from perfect, but LAME has been a good enough MP3 encoder to make most of it acceptable to my ears on portable devices.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:46 AM
 
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Are you looking for some sort of all-in-one device? Or just curious how others have done it?
Both.

I'd like to convert some of my stuff (books, CDs and DVDs) to a digital format to save space, collect less dust and make it look like I don't hoard. To that end, I'm going to buy a Kindle but would also like a solution for my CDs and DVDs. If it's not necessary for me to actually possess those two items in a physical format, then I like to make the changeover, and donate my originals to either a charity or a public library.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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My entire CD-based music collection is stored on my desktop PC. I stream it to a media streaming device (Squeezebox3) that is part of my A/V system. I am experimenting with my DVDs, but have not yet been able to reliably play movies over the network with existing networked devices. DVDs are trickier because you have to remove copyright info and my Sony Blu-Ray player, which can play many media formats, cannot play Mp4 or MKV files.

Note that DVD movie files are very large (~2-4 Gb) if you want original quality. A single CD ripped to 320 kpbs MP3 format can be 100 Mb or so.

I do not believe external hard drives should ever be your primary copy of important digital data. They are prone to failure and can be easily stolen.

You should also have a backup strategy in place, especially if you get rid of your original data. It would be terrible if you ripped all of your CDs and your hard drive failed. That could be a loss of many $$$ thousands.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I have a wireless router with USB ports. Attached to that is a 1 TB RAIDED drive. RAIDED meaning there are two drives with an exact copy of the data on both. If one dies, it gets replaced and the data copies itself back to it. The odds that both drives die at the same time are a million to one. Every device on my network: laptops, tablets, phones, PS3... can access all the music and pics from that space.
Yes it could be stolen. Not worried about that.
Yes my house could burn down and I'd lose it. Probably.
I could win the lottery, too.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:22 AM
 
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I agree with the previous poster. My music (168GB) is on my laptop, which is backed up to a Windows Home Server, which is backed up to an external hard drive and CrashPlan. The external drive is fireproof and water proof. If I ever get rich enough I'm going to by a couple of 128GB flash drives and copy it all to them as well. I really need to pare down my music collection - again.
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:45 PM
 
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Take a look at a Synology DiskStation Synology Network Attached Storage - NEW NAS Experience
They are very capable devices, iTunes server, DLNA, web server, Time Machine backup, mailserver, iSCSI, photo & video server, video recorder, with both android and iDevice apps.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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I'd like to dump my CDs and store (back-up) my music on something other than Cloud storage. What are the best devices out there that allow me to do this?
Buy a 64GB thumb drive. They're selling for around $30 now.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:49 PM
 
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Take a look at a Synology DiskStation Synology Network Attached Storage - NEW NAS Experience
They are very capable devices, iTunes server, DLNA, web server, Time Machine backup, mailserver, iSCSI, photo & video server, video recorder, with both android and iDevice apps.
I gave up trying to find a place to buy one or a price.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:35 AM
 
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I gave up trying to find a place to buy one or a price.
Wow, that's weird, Newegg carries them, I went there and did a search, they show up for a second, then redirect to a "page cannot be displayed"
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