First in a series of musicstorage [musicstorage4, musicstorage6, musicstorage1, musicstorage2, musicstorage-solved3, musicstorage3, musicstorage-solved1, musicstorage8, musicstorage-solved2, musicstorage5, musicstorage7] entries.
I have a problem that I think exists in many households today. I own about 350 music CDs, and I want to be able to access that music any time I want from anywhere in the house, on a portable device, in the car, and remotely via the internet.
However, sound quality is of the utmost importance to me. Wherever possible, I want the music to be perfect bit-for-bit copies of the music originally on the CD. I will not settle for lossy-compression (read:
mp3) when I don't have to. I will also not settle for any copy restrictions, such as those found on Napster and the iTunes Music Store.
Note #1: I do not plan to use SACD, DVD-Audio, or multi-channel audio sources in this scheme. I'm fine with using those solely in a tuned listening environment… for now.
Note #2: I rarely buy music online. Paying $0.99 per song for compressed music with dubious sound quality and restricted copying simply doesn't make sense to me.
So here's what I want:
- Bit-perfect copies of my current and future CD collection stored in a universally accessible location
- Ability to access to the music collection from any music playing device made by any manufacturer in any location
- Ability to transcode the music to any proprietary file format as needed by a music playing device
- Ability to transcode the music to a compressed scheme in cases where storage quantity is more important to me than sound quality, such as a portable music player
I am going to find or create a solution to the above requirements. Stay tuned.