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Thoughts on HW/SW for playing from Hard Drive, How best to convert a collection to Hard Drive
post Mar 9 2010, 21:02
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Hey all,

I'm a fairly long time collector of music (30 yrs) and have a large mass of different formats (CD, DAT, Cassette, and Hard Drive).

I have been doing some preliminary reading about converting my entire collection onto external hard drives. I would like to make it easier to access all of my collection and I would ultimately like to rid myself of an entire room full of music and shrink it down to perhaps a bookshelf full of drives.

As I think of attempting this very time consuming process I am wondering what folks think the best approach would be?

I realize that not only am I going to have to transfer all of my aforementioned recordings and compress them for space (lossless of course), I will need to decide about backing up the entire collection (could this be done on a cloudsite cost effectively), and also free myself from being bound to my computer as a playback center. I have a decent stereo here next to my main workstation (Adcom, Canton) but want to be able to play music on my main system downstairs.

Anybody try the Sonos system?

What would you guys use for a music library organization system? I have looked at MediaMonkey so far. I am liking my initial uses of Foobar2000 too.

Sorry for the lack of brevity and cohesiveness in my post! Dave
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