RipDigital is a bulk CD-ripping operation: send  JAN 10 2004

RipDigital is a bulk CD-ripping operation: send them your CD library and they'll ship your library back in MP3 format.

There are 22 reader comments

hindenberg30 10 2004 7:30PM

lazy, inane, parasitic

Tom10 10 2004 8:10PM

if only it were like the ill-fated, and they also left them on a server for you to stream.

that would be great.

Tony37 10 2004 8:37PM

Thank god the confusion of iTunes importing feature will no longer be an issue. Phew.

jj57 10 2004 8:57PM

it took me a whole weekend to convert ONE HALF of my CD library. this service, has SOME merit, no? my weekend is worth more than $179.

John58 10 2004 9:58PM

I'd be absolutely terrified of the postal service losing my collection. But hell, it's not that expensive and you apparently get a free portable HDD out of the deal.

padraigin48 10 200410:48PM

It's very interesting, if your time is worth more than a dollar a CD to you. It took us months of here-and-there ripping to get our whole library into iTunes--a richer me would cheerfully have paid someone else to do it.

b19 10 200411:19PM

Ahh, but it isn't a free portable HDD, its an extra $99 for that, otherwise its one dvd per 50 mp3 files. Silly me, when I want something I haven't ripped yet I put it in and listen to it while it rips in the background.

b20 10 200411:20PM

(doh. 50 cds, not 50 mp3 files. Werd.)

Jonah06 11 2004 1:06AM

RipDigital actively encourages the responsible use of digital music by including uniquely identifiable information in each track converted

I wonder what kind of information they tag on there. I would assume that as they build their library of ripped tunes, they wouldn't actually run your CD through the ripper if they already had it.

Anon58 11 2004 8:58AM

Sounds like a horrible business venture and a stupid waste of time. But hey... anything cal sell in America!

Izzy06 11 2004 1:06PM

You gotta hand it to them for thinking of this, importing a CD collection does take a lot of time. I'm sure there are people out there with money to burn who will go for it. What I don't understand is how someone would trust their CD collection to the postal service. I wonder if there is some kind of extra insurance the company offers just in case something were to happen.

Firn11 11 2004 2:11PM

this 'RipDigital actively encourages the responsible use of digital music by including uniquely identifiable information in each track converted' sounds like every file will have your personal data, so if you share it, it shall be traceble.
Also they could build a huge library of music here, I doubt any of the employes would ever have to buy a cd again. I should have thought of this.

spygeek33 11 2004 3:33PM

According to the About page, they rip at 224kbs "to ensure CD-quality sound". Is that really CD-quality?

spygeek44 11 2004 3:44PM

Ok, never mind...I just read that a 128k bit rate = 16k/sec, so 224k/sec would indeed be much higher.

On the other hand, if Im understanding the math correctly, those files would be pretty huge - about 30 megs for a 3 minute song.

Tim00 11 2004 7:00PM

They send you a pre-paid shipping label for UPS NOT USPS. UPS service includes $100 of insurance automatically for loss or damage. However they do say anyting about insuring the package for any more and do not promote an option to do so. (It even sounds as if they limit their liability to $100, but I got a little lost in the lengthy legalese of their Terms and Conditions)

Additional insurance is something I would insist on before sending 100-200 CDs off to them. If they are lost or damaged in transit I would at least want replacement value in return (even that will fail to cover the hassle of replacing everything.)

donald tetto53 11 2004 9:53PM

spygeek -- the "128k bit rate" you refer to is actually 128kbps, so 224kbps is a less than double that -- you're looking at 5 megs for a 3 minute song.

spygeek34 11 200411:34PM

Yea, forgive me, I got a little excited. I didn't get that the other article I read was merely converting bits to bytes. 128kbps = 16k bytes/sec. My original question remains, however - is 224kbps considered CD quality?

Izzy29 12 200412:29AM

Thanks for the clarification Tim. Although UPS would be more reliable than the USPS, the insurance provided would barely cover the replacement of 8-10 CD's, let alone 100-200+. I just received a package via UPS last week from a friend and it was left at the door and had a corner ripped up...I shudder to think what would happen to my entire CD collection on two mailing journeys.

donald tetto59 12 200412:59AM

spygeek - true "CD quality" is impractically large. I consider my 128kbps mp3s to be "CD quality," however, and listen happily to ones as low as 96kbps (at 56kbps, they start to sound hollow). There are those who claim that 128kbps MP3s sound atrocious, but to me I couldn't tell the difference. (Whose to say, though? My girlfriend honestly can't differentiate between non-diet and diet soda [ugh])

sam47 12 200412:47PM

MP3s don't guarantee CD quality (compression without loss from the CD originals) at any bitrate, as far as I'm aware. MP3 is a lossy format. Lossless formats are available, but these achieve only about 50% compression (a bitrate of approx 700 kb/s).

So 224 kb/s is not CD quality. However it is pretty good; I wouldn't worry about it quality-wise. (It's somewhat better than 128kb/s AAC for instance, which is what iTunes uses...)

Michael S.30 12 2004 1:30PM

A raw CD puts out 1411kbps, or about 11 times 128kbps. (44100 (samples per second) x 16 (bits per sample) x 2 (channels--left and right).) You should be able to get at least 4:1 compression of audio data without the lost information being noticable at all, which happens to be about where most audio encoders max out. (iTunes won't do more than 320kbps.) So I think 224kbps should be about CD quality.

Tom Morris50 20 2004 2:50PM

I buy my downloads at 192Kbps. That's good enough for me.

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