It's taken me nye on 3 months to digitise my CD collection. I bought an iPod about 4 years ago and got about 25 albums in and then got bored so am now very familiar with that playlist. For some reason I just never got my arse in gear to sort out burning the rest, I guess it was because in reality I don't use my iPod as much as I thought I would, I haven't had a typical commute as such, so there's been little opportunity.
However, I wanted to get rid of the CDs from view so slowly and methodically they've been going on to the hard drive. It's tken a bloody age, but it's paid huge dividends and has completely revitalised my passion for music, which kind of got put on hold when Eben was born. It's a crying shame because it means to date, there hasn't really been music in the house. However, with iTunes I just whack on shuffle and the whole collection gets dipped in and out of. It's fantastic and I've discovered that there are some albums I owned that I don't even remember, some that I'd forgotten how much I love and others that really should never have darkened my door 'Spiceworld anyone?'
10 things that have come to light since starting to burn my collection:
1. How much I've paid for music over the years looking at the price labels in comparison to how much you can buy music for now. Utterly depressing.
2. How Olympian by Gene is the best song ever recorded
3. How little reggae I had in my collection. Quickly rectified with one not so short visit to Amazon marketplace and £160.
4. How little classic soul I had in my collection. Quickly rectified by a not so...
5. How this seems to be costing me a fortune - but not as much of a fortune as it would have even 4 or 5 years ago
6. How crap the genre allocation on iTunes is. That reallocation job is going to take me years.
7. How I have to remember to switch off all electronica and dance when I switch on shuffle, otherwise I get shouted at by Nic.
8. How easily I've come round to the idea of flogging my CD collection despite saying I'd never do it.
9. How good my best mate from school's band really is now I'm listening to their albums again. 'Grand Drive' check them out, just not zeitgeisty enough to make it big and such a crying shame, because the world should listen to their music.
10. How much it's costing me in extras. £140 on a new hard drive, as I quickly ran out of space. £129 back up hard drive, so that if my computer craps out on me I don't lose everything. £3 per day in 'oh yes I can get that on iTunes'. £100 on a USB turntable (yes that pain is yet to come) and stupidly £369 on this - oh yes I've definitely got back in to music.