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  • by ct (2477) on 2002.01.06 19:20 (#2757) Homepage Journal
    Very high on my list of things to do this year is redo my mp3 collection, currently standing at 519 discs at about 25gig.

    A large portion of those mp3's are from years ago when I was encoding on windows with an old Xing encoder under windows, because LAME didn't exist. That particular version of the encoder had a nasty artifact in which any sound which faded from left to right or vice versa would Pop across the midline very noticeably. I've put up with it because I've never had enough tuits to do anything about it.

    A while back a friend gave me a hint that has made all the difference in the ripping of my CD's. I had been using a Ricoh IDE CDRW or a no-name IDE 20x CD. There were a few discs that flat out would not rip, and many that had all sorts of problems. The answer is simple. Plextor.

    I invested in a Plextor UltraPlex Wide. A CD-ROM that lives on Ultra Wide SCSI. It eats through CD's like nobody's business. Even discs that my other drives couldn't get through, this one rips right through without a problem. (Oddly, we tried a SCSI Plextor CD-RW and it had just as hard a time. There's something magical about the Plextor CD-ROM only units.) At $130 they're a bargain. Now, it doesnt rip at the 40x the drive is rated at, grip reports that it rips about 7-8x.

    I'm going to re rip everything here soon, and was considering ogg, but I have two problems.

    1) I've got several discs that have been broken, chipped or otherwise scarred beyond repair. I lost about 100 CD's that I simply cannot find after moving twice in 13 months. So I have alot of albums that only exist in mp3 form. From what I understand, mp3->ogg transcoding is a pretty dicey proposition, and since I stream alot, I'd like to have everyone in the same format.

    2) Re-ripping is an astounding amount of work and there's a part of me that's a bit hesitant to do something in a software that's below 1.0. Yes, it's probably just an irrational reliance on an otherwise arbitrary numbering scale, but I know I'm not the only one who is shuffling around waiting for something called 1.0.

    I could honestly care less about disk space, within reason. 120gig IDE drives are available for $208. I'll probably end up experimenting with ogg here shortly, but I'm really hesitant.