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The 2003 "How Many [non-copyright-infringing] MP3s do YOU have" thread / poll

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The 2003 "How Many [non-copyright-infringing] MP3s do YOU have" thread / poll

Old 03-07-03, 08:33 PM
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The 2003 "How Many [non-copyright-infringing] MP3s do YOU have" thread / poll

I have currently 100 exact mp3 tracks and all are on 5 cdrs. And they are all from cds (trying to make hit collections)
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So far I've ripped about 50 of my albums to my computer at 320kb/s, coming to 1021 mp3s and 6.51gb.
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I hardely have any mp3's. The one's I do have are boots from various concerts. The only CDR's I own are maybe about 20 and they all stay in my car.
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I've ripped my 400+ albums for my home & car systems. I have a few not-so-kosher mp3s, but I don't really listen to them.
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I dunno. Probably about 6000 complete albums of score promos, concerts, and other rare stuff that can't be bought in stores; another 900 personal albums that I ripped myself for space conservation purposes; and then a few hundred gigs of loose stragglers (never really counted them before; never saw a reason to).

Most are at 192, so physical storage space is certainly an issue. When the price becomes more disposable, I'll probably redistribute them to DVD-R.

Oh, and are they legal? Probably not. If I could find what I wanted in stores, I'd buy it, but labels would rather release some compilation trash with stupid hip-hop "inspired by" songs than actual scores. I'd much rather have a nice CD with a cool cover and maybe some interesting liner notes, but that option is rarely available, so until then ...

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I dunno. Probably about 6000 complete albums of score promos, concerts, and other rare stuff that can't be bought in stores; another 900 personal albums
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Wow...das Monkey beats the crap out of me....I've got about 40 CDRs full, most at 160-192, and currently 1.5 GB on my HD [I had to reformat about two weeks ago, ended up deleting 6 GB.] 95% of them are digitized copies of stuff I've got on cassette or vinyl, mostly 80's metal, since cassettes take up too much room and I don't have a record player anymore, and the remainder is true underground or alternative; like dM says, the stuff Sam Goody or EMI never heard of.
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I digitized my CD collection before I went to college almost 4 years ago. I stopped burning CDs once the collection surpassed 5 CDRs. Now I burn live sets and full albums to CD, and leave the 6000 or so individual files on a HD designated for nothing but media files.
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I have about 1300 MP3s. About 60%-70% are legit and ripped from my CD collection. The others were downloaded.
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Oh yeah, I have about 450 downloaded mp3s. About a third of them are legit.
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There are currently 3200 mp3s on my computer. About one-third of them are tracks I ripped. The rest I downloaded, but 90% of those were downloaded between 1997 and 2000.

All I download now is drum and bass tunes. These songs almost never make it onto CD so this is the only way, short of becoming a DJ and buying the vinyl, to get them.
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I typically don't rip any mp3's from my cd's. I mean, if I already have it on cd, why would I intentionally butcher the quality to listen to a lousy mp3??? Hell no, crank up the cd! Or the vinyl for that matter...the mp3 just sounds pathetic on my setup.
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Originally posted by SubZero
I typically don't rip any mp3's from my cd's. I mean, if I already have it on cd, why would I intentionally butcher the quality to listen to a lousy mp3??? Hell no, crank up the cd! Or the vinyl for that matter...the mp3 just sounds pathetic on my setup.
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One reason for that is so we can have backups in case something happens (cd skips, gets lost, destroyed ect)
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I collect live music, I have cases and cases of them. all live concert recordings/cdrs (no mp3s)

(Shoot, I have 1187 MP3's on my laptop)
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Originally posted by SubZero
I typically don't rip any mp3's from my cd's. I mean, if I already have it on cd, why would I intentionally butcher the quality to listen to a lousy mp3??? Hell no, crank up the cd! Or the vinyl for that matter...the mp3 just sounds pathetic on my setup.
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I don't know what kind of setup you have, but main basically consists of Winamp and a couple good real speakers plus a subwoofer, and at 320kb/s I don't notice any difference.
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I don't know what kind of setup you have, but main basically consists of Winamp and a couple good real speakers plus a subwoofer, and at 320kb/s I don't notice any difference.
Don't get me wrong, I have tons of mp3's in various quality, but mainly only things I simply cannot buy elsewhere. In my bedroom, I'm running my mixing/pc setup into 2 JBL Pro Series MP215s with a Rane Mojo EQ and QSC 1450 Amp (essentially a nightclub). Comparison is easy since I can use the mixer to play 3 sources at once. I listen to mainly dance music and when I compare mp3 to original cd [and vinyl!] there simply is no comparison. The mp3 always sounds flatter and very hollow in the low end. Just my (among others) observation...
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Whoop! I totally misread the poll question!

I have about 150 "live" CDRs. Maybe another couple hundred live mp3s. All legal, I guess.
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I really don't think I have the time count. I've ripped over 600 CD's worth of music though.
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Here are the actual specs of my collection
101 clips
7 hours and 38 min
and 480 mb of data (how much is a gig like 1000 mb.)
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I've got all of my CDs ripped on my music server (that lives in my basement). It also houses all of my Pearl Jam bootlegs (pretty much every live show). Here's the tally:

D drive: 7629 files
F drive: 10828 files

Spread out over 200GB of hard drive storage (RAIDed for safety's sake).
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Originally posted by emanon
I've got all of my CDs ripped on my music server (that lives in my basement). It also houses all of my Pearl Jam bootlegs (pretty much every live show). Here's the tally:

D drive: 7629 files
F drive: 10828 files

Spread out over 200GB of hard drive storage (RAIDed for safety's sake).
HOLY S*IT!! How do you do it on 200gb of stuff.
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Not sure what you mean by that question, but quick math:

200 gigs = 209715200 bytes ... by 18457 files = 11362 bytes per file or about 11 megs per file. Assuming cluster size is negligible, that's more than enough room even at 256.

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