Evolve your listening experience with Murfie!

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Imagine a time before the invention of the CD burner, back when tapes were still more popular than CDs because they were more durable and our only means of copying and cataloging music.

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I remember fearing the inevitable destruction of my CDs, a consequence made real by overplaying them or neglecting to put them back into their cases afterwards. I certainly didn’t want to pay for the albums again (though that would have been the only option since there was no internet), so I often transferred them from CD to tape.

There were moments when my CDs even fell by the wayside and all I had were tapes of albums I had recorded or mixes of the lot. After all, cassette Walkmans were still more efficient than CD Walkmans back then because CD skip protection was still in its infancy, and I liked to jog while listening to music so the choice was obvious.

When CD burners entered the scene, CD Walkman technology had improved enough that you could pretty much play a CD without skips so long as you didn’t jostle the player too much. People were already ripping CDs to their computers and storing them on hard drives at this time, but it wasn’t until awhile later that actual burning capability became a household item. Consequently, we might have just skipped burning CDs altogether and just moved immediately to file sharing and streaming if it wasn’t for the lack of technology and our learned behavior of collecting physical media.

Binders full of plain discs with hand-scribbled titles gradually replaced the authentic, colorful and provocative ones. The originals were either sold or sat on shelves or in boxes in storage. Eventually, all I had to look forward to was what was on the CD when I played it. I could no longer hear with my eyes. It’s no wonder many of us lost interest in physical media.

music-1163286_1920Today, with the advent of streaming services, ownership of music has declined. We no longer flip through tiny booklets filled with pictures, art, lyrics and production credits while we enjoy our favorite albums. Certainly, we might look at the CDs front cover as a 2″ x 2″ thumbnail through the glare of our cellphone screen, but for the most part the haptic aesthetic of albums is gone.

Additionally, we pay for monthly subscriptions to listen to our favorite tunes, but in the end we’ve sacrificed ownership. If we lose our account or stop paying, our collection disappears. Not to mention, the music we can listen to is limited because subscription services do not have everything. The collections are incomplete.

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Contrary to the latest trend, physical media still exists and will continue to exist in many forms because there is a human need to experience the world with all of our senses. An artist performing a show personalizes it by offering physical media to their fans at a merch booth. A rare box set sells because it was uniquely crafted in remembrance of a great musician. A new generation of audiophiles realizes we got it right the first time with vinyl records and begins rummaging local thrift shops for sonic delights. Not to mention, a vast majority of consumers’ shelves, attics, basements and storage continue to brim with cassettes, CDs and vinyl records.

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Subsequently, a solution that ensures consumers retain the value and ownership rights of the albums they’ve paid for must be brought into being. We need to preserve the option of the aesthetic experience of an album if a listener so chooses and alternatively provide an efficient and safe way in which to catalog and store it. Finally, we need to ensure that when music is streamed, it can be done so at the highest bit rate possible per listening device for the ultimate listening experience.

So what is the solution you might ask? Murfie.

Murfie will take your collection of vinyl, cassettes and CDs, digitize them and make them available for streaming in a variety of popular formats, such as FLAC and mp3, complete with metadata for your preferred devices. When you send us your collection, it is ripped to your personal account for you and you alone. We believe that ownership matters, and so we provide you with exclusive access to your albums as well as give you the option of selling or trading your albums in our marketplace. The marketplace is also useful for filling the holes in your collection. In addition, we provide you the option of storing your albums indefinitely in our secure warehouse to free you of the burden of storing them yourself.

What makes Murfie unique from other streaming services is that if at any time you want to cancel your account or get your music back, you are able to do so. We don’t want you to lose the music you have spent countless hours collecting. We also don’t want you to pay for albums you have already bought over and over. We encourage you to enjoy your physical media the way it was intended, but we understand that advances in technology have led us to more simplistic ways of consuming media. And that is why we are here, to help you evolve and make the decision of what to do with your physical media effortless and pain free.

Send us your collection today, click here for an instant quote. If you have any questions feel free to contact us or check our FAQ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents of college students: Time to declutter, including CDs

Convert CDs into digital music that can be listened to anywhere.

Kids leaving for college is a huge change for everyone. New college freshmen are most likely living away from home for the first time, and their daily routines will be different. Parents will deal with the effects of having their kids leave to become young adults.

Material lives will change. College students can typically bring a fraction of the possessions they own into their new space. In many cases, parents are left with stuff. Loads and loads of it. It might seem ambitious to want to tackle sorting and downsizing everything, but it’s really not.

You can do small decluttering projects instead of visualizing everything as one incredibly huge and looming task ahead of you. Choose one small thing to start: like a CD collection that ‘s been building up.

Luckily there’s a way to declutter CDs that college students leave behind, without losing the music on them and the investment made in purchasing them. Murfie will store music CDs and convert them into digital files that can be listened to anywhere on phones, computers, and other devices.

Simply order a Shipping Kit from Murfie to get started. You’ll receive a box sized for your collection, plus tape and a return label. While your CDs are stored at Murfie, they will always remain your property, and you can have them returned at any time.

Decluttering your home and freeing up shelf space frees up the mind as well. Without CDs on your hands, you can focus on your next decluttering project and have music to listen to as you do it. Contact us to learn more!

Sell CDs Without Art and Cases

When we talked to one of our Murfie members, Mike, a few months ago and asked how he discovered our service, his intentions were very precise: “I am a CD seller and have sold tens of thousands over the internet, so I was looking for an outlet for those that I get that are missing artwork.

In an article for PC Magazine, author Damon Poeter notes that “Amazon, like other online buyers of used CDs, wants the jewel boxes and cover art included in your original purchase from way back when. Scratched discs will likely be rejected, as well.

So what about your CDs with misplaced artwork? What about the CD cases you’ve thrown away when you decided to move all the album art and discs into one of those snazzy CD binders? It’s totally realistic to assume that not everyone has kept their entire CD collection 100% intact over the years, for one reason or another.

At Murfie, we’ll accept all your CDs! If your Crash album by Dave Matthews is missing the back art, or Tigerlily by Natalie Merchant is all scratched up from sliding around your dashboard, it’s going to be ok! Say it with me: It’s—going—to—be—O—K.

Here’s why:

  • We use AccurateRip technology and scratch repair tools to get excellent CD-quality digital rips of your albums
  • The discs are stored in paper sleeves in our warehouse, so all plastic CD cases are recycled anyway
  • Murfie (coming from the acronym MRF: Material Recycling Facility) is all about taking CDs off your hands, storing them on our shelves instead of yours, and converting them to the digital age!

Neat, huh? All you have to do is order a Shipping Kit to get started. We’ll convert your CDs to digital files, and post your collection online for you to view and manage. Your CDs can be sold in your personal shop, downloaded (FLAC, ALAC, mp3, aac), streamed (at home or on the go with our apps), or traded for new ones!

Declutter Your CD Collection

Decluttering your home, your office, and any other space you occupy is proven to reduce stress. It frees up time for you to do other things, and it gives you more mental clarity.

People with cluttered spaces spend more time looking for things, and sometimes they are even antisocial, afraid to let friends and family see the piles of mess they’ve created.

The task of decluttering your house can seem overwhelming. Where do you start? When will you ever be finished? There are some tricks we can share based on experience—and the thing to remember is that even when you accomplish the task of decluttering, you need to maintain your state of non-clutter!

The first trick to decluttering your home is to pick a single room to start, or certain area of the room if that’s easier for you—and we at Murfie would recommend starting with your old CD collection!

How many CDs have you accumulated over the years, and where are they located? In piles on your desk? On shelves? In plastic bins in your basement or attic, under your bed, or in your closet? What if you could still keep the music from all those CDs you bought, but get the physical clutter out of your life?

If you send your CDs to Murfie, we’ll store them on our shelves for you. We’ll rip your entire collection and post it to your online account where it’s available for you to stream and download. Your CDs will always remain yours, unless you decide you don’t want them anymore—in which case you can sell them to make some cash, or trade them away for other albums you would prefer to have.

With Murfie, you can give your old CD collection new life by upgrading it to the 21st century. Stream your CDs anywhere you go with our iOS and Android apps, and in any web browser with our Web Player right on the site. Into home listening systems? Check out our partnership with Sonos, and listen on any of their devices too. Murfie’s streaming is set at 320kbps—which is the best quality streaming that mp3 provides—and you don’t need to pay a subscription for it. I think the word you’re looking for here is….huzzah!

The simple fact that you actually own the CDs you send to Murfie, and any additional CDs you buy in our marketplace, allows you to have unparalleled access to your music. If downloads are your thing, rest easy knowing that you can download your collection in mp3, aac, or lossless formats FLAC and ALAC. Heck, if you want those files on a hard drive, we’ll even do that for you too.

It’s true—decluttering does wonders, as does seeing what once was a bulky bin of discs now displayed on the screen of your iPad, easy searchable and instantly playable. Visit our site and find out what the buzz is all about—and check out a service that’s perfectly fitted for audiophiles, declutterers, and music-lovers all around. :-)

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What up, Murfie Disc Bank?

At Murfie your CDs don’t go in a black box, nor a cardboard box, nor any sort of box. We don’t store your precious cargo in some corner room bin. Au contraire, my friends, au contraire.

We endeavor to be as transparent as possible with how we process and store your CD collections. Every disc you keep at Murfie HQ is your property, and we take that very seriously. We’ve worked hard to ensure your property remains safe and sound in our facility.

Here’s an inside look at our handling & storage of your music CDs:

  1. Your shipping kit arrives at Murfie HQ. We add it to our “processing” queue and shoot you a heads-up email.
  2. We process your collection and post each of your discs to your Murfie account for you view, manage and access.
  3. Lastly, we place your collection in your designated shelf area (snug as a bug!) in our “disc bank” room.

What’s a “disc bank”? Watch this video…

Gotta Be Green

Here’s a green fact. In less than a year, we’ve recycled almost 15,000 pounds of plastic (more specifically – polystyrene, for all you resin ID code geeks out there!). That averages to about 1,200 pounds per month. The best part? Any material that’s recovered properly can help make other products!

Another fact. There are 15 billion music CDs out there collecting dust in U.S. homes; that amounts to more than 1 million tons of jewel cases. Here at Murfie we want it all!

Now, perhaps you haven’t heard… Earth Day is just around the corner. To celebrate, we’re making an appearance at Isthmus Green Day on Saturday, April 21st in Madison, WI. We’ll have totes, smiles, and other goodies. If you can’t be there in person, no worries (you’ll be with us in spirit).

To really get our green on, here’s a few easy, painless ways we can all help out:

1) Recycle, including old electronics
2) Buy in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging waste
3) Unplug electronics when you’re not using them to kill standby/phantom power
4) Use reusable drinking containers, instead of disposable coffee cups and plastic water bottles
5) Turn off the lights when you leave a room to reduce energy use
6) Don’t take 10 minute showers – consider cutting your shower short by a few minutes to conserve water
7) Lower your home thermostats, including water heater, to conserve energy
8) Buy energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs to save energy
9) Use a reusable rag or towel, instead of napkins and paper towels
10) Use reusable lunch bags and shopping bags to cut down on paper and plastic

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…if you’re scared stiff of remote CD storage

Don’t be afraid of us. Don’t be afraid of sending us your CDs and storing them in our secure facility. Don’t be afraid of accessing rips and downloads of your CDs. But do be afraid, very afraid, of becoming a hoarder.

If you’re on the borderline of becoming a bona fide “person who accumulates things and hides them away for future use,” read this blog post by Leo Babauta, creator and writer of Zen Habits. It’s about learning how to get rid of things and freeing yourself of extra burdens. For us music lovers, the best section is on “Reducing Clutter,” so I’ve posted it below. Read it, and then recite this three times: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.