5 disc-ripping fails: What you risk by digitizing your CD collection yourself

So, you’re thinking about digitizing that CD collection of yours. Before you rip away, there are a few things to consider before ripping your CDs at home, since the pitfalls are ones that could ruin your original goal of flawless work that is worthwhile.

There are many reasons why Murfie’s trusted service is ideal for music collectors who want perfect rips of their CDs, which they can download and stream. Murfie prevents the common drawbacks that arise when trying to rip at home.

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5. Wrong file format

It’s safe to say that many folks rip their CDs in mp3 format. While this format is the default on most drives, many people don’t realize that it compresses the music in a way that loses tiny details in the sound. Hence, it’s known as a “lossy” format.

The reason why some people compress music into to mp3 and other lossy formats is to save space. Discarding tiny bits of data is how this is achieved. This makes for a sound that is close to, yet not exactly identical, to the original recording.

Selecting the wrong format may also mean that your music won’t play on all of your devices. At Murfie, we rip and store the music from your CDs in lossless FLAC format, providing the flexibility to transcode to virtually any bit rate at any point in the future. Downloads in mp3, aac, and lossless formats FLAC and ALAC are included with all the CDs you send in. This means your music can bounce around all your devices, easily and without any manual conversion on your end.

4. Wrong bit rate

Even if you select the right file format, you’re still not out of the woods. Selecting the right bit rate (unit = bps) is important because it affects the amount of information processed per unit of time. More bits per second allows more details to be processed, making for higher quality sound.

Bit rate only applies to lossy formats (mp3 and aac) since lossless formats (FLAC and ALAC) make an exact replica of the original recording. Large music retailers like Amazon and iTunes provide digital music downloads in lossy 256 kbps mp3 and 256 kbps aac formats, respectively.

We’re fans of a higher default bit rate at Murfie, making for better quality sound. We use at least 320 kbps for mp3 downloads, and 320kbps for our standard free streaming. That’s a higher default rate than Amazon, iTunes and Spotify. 320 kbps streaming is available on Spotify, but with a premium paid membership. And as for Murfie’s paid premium streaming membership—well, that’s in lossless FLAC format, of course.

3. Errors/Incorrect Metadata

How do you know your rips are error free? Going back to listen to everything once you’ve ripped it and cross-checking track titles and album metadata against other sources will more than double the amount of time you’re spending on digitization. Every disc that’s ripped at Murfie is checked twice against our database to ensure all metadata like album title, artist name, and track names are correct. If Murfie does your ripping, you won’t have to worry about the unpleasant experience of putting your disc in a drive to find there is no metadata at all.

Metadata aside, Murfie uses AccurateRip to ensure the files themselves are seamless. We actually clean CDs that need to be cleaned, and polish CDs that have scratches. All this is to ensure error-free downloads and flawless streaming.

2. Data loss

Long-term, secure storage of your data is essential if you want your work to be worthwhile. Computer crashes, hard drive issues, theft, and other factors can be a nightmare for music collectors.

When your discs are ripped at Murfie, the original FLAC files are stored on our server, always available for you to request another download if your original is lost. Your discs can be stored in our secure facility in Madison, WI, alongside ~500K others that our members have already entrusted to us. With your original disc and FLAC files made available to you 24/7 for streaming and downloads, we’ve got the security of your discs covered in a way that goes above and beyond your average backup.

1. Your time

Time is money. Based on our calculations, a person can rip 10-20 discs per hour if they have one CD drive on their computer. That’s not counting any manual metadata entry and error checking.

Say you have 200 CDs in your collection. It would easily take you 10-20 hours to digitize everything. Is there something you’d rather be doing during the time it took to rip those discs? If your answer is no, check out these handy guides for ripping discs on Windows and Mac computers.

What’s your time worth? If you’re ripping at home, you can expect to process a maximum of 20 discs per hour. Again, time is money—and for 99¢/disc, Murfie can process your CDs for flawless streaming and downloads, shipping included. Let us do what we do best.

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Murfie is working to bring you uncompromised anywhere/anytime digital access to your music collection, in the highest quality possible. We’ll make your perfect ripped files available via downloads to your computer or hard drive, and via streaming to your iPhone, iPad, Android phone and tablet, web browser, and Sonos and other devices.

Do you have vinyl records that you want ripped too? Email info@murfie.com to learn more! Are you an all-round audiophile? Check out our lossless FLAC streaming available with Murfie HiFi.

Murfie is music collecting perfected. Request a shipping kit and begin your uncompromised collecting and listening experience!

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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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