CDs to Digital Music Library
Easy and inexpensive way to build a digital music library from a CD collection.
1) Get a laptop with a CD player, audio Input and Headphone (output) jacks, a decent-sized harddrive (or connect an external harddrive with USB 2.0), and internet connection;
2) Purchase WinAmp Pro ($15.00 from www.winamp.com) and install on the laptop;
3) Connect the laptop, via appropriate cables to your home entertainment system, most likely through one of the "Tape" input/output circuits; (I'm assuming your system allows recording as well as playback.)
4) Turn everything on (including internet connection), select "Rip CDs" on WinAmp after setting it up) and start feeding your CDs into the laptop CD player. Winamp will rip and convert to whatever format you choose (MP3, AAC, WMA, or uncompressed WAV - very big files) and file them, complete with artist, album and song title info obtained automatically from "Gracenote" to your harddrive. Voila, instant music library for the cost of a used laptop. (You play back your music through WinAmp's Music Library function, but you can also burn your files to DVDs or CDs without restriction.)
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