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Feb. 16th, 2009

09:28 pm - CD carriers

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Shortly after I started roadtripping all over the place, I bought a CD carrying case so I could carry more CDs to listen to on the road. It held 144 discs, which seemed like a lot at the time.

After a while, it filled up. So I bought a 32-disc wallet to supplement it.

After a while, that filled up. So I shrugged and started a policy of removing a disc and putting it back in its original case to make room for a new one.

But recently I started making myself a bunch of mixdiscs, containing songs I didn't have in CD format (mp3 only) or songs where I had the album it was on but was only interested in 1 or 2 songs on the disc. So I thought, hey, it's time to go buy another 144-disc carrier to make room for all these new discs!

So I went to Best Buy today. Guess what I found: a 336-disc carrier! This thing doesn't have to *supplement* my existing carrier, it can *replace* it!

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From:trudyscousin
Date:February 17th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
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No way to use an iPod in your car?

The only role my CDs have played for the past ten years is archival storage.

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From:wbwolf
Date:February 17th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
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My thought as well... I've found that a portable MP3 player is much more portable (and lot more flexible) than lugging around a CD collection. And IIRC, one of the nice things about the Yaris is it has an AUX audio port.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:February 17th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
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There's an iPod jack in my car, but I don't have an iPod.

Nor do I want to get one at the moment.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:February 17th, 2009 04:29 am (UTC)
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This may be incentive. Something tells me you might like if you got one.

336 discs? Ye gods! My CD stand here holds I think 200 discs, it's about 3/4 full. (My 8GB iPod is about 1/2 full, but it also includes all my national anthems that are on MP3 only ... 0
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:February 17th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
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Weeeeeell, I've heard bad things about iTunes...
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From:orv
Date:February 17th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
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It's actually not bad now. At first the Windows version was horribly buggy, but its' gotten better. And all their songs are DRM-free, as of a few weeks ago. I actually don't use iTunes much, though; I run Linux, so I mostly use Amarok to manage my music and transfer it to my iPod.

For that matter, nothing says it has to be an iPod. There are other MP3 players out there.

You should also check whether your in-dash CD player can play MP3 discs. Some can, these days. When I had one like that, I found I could fit about ten albums on each disc. The quality drop wasn't noticeable, given all the road noise and such you get in a car.

It beats lugging around a 330-disc carrier, worrying about your expensive CDs being stolen, and having to flip through it while driving. ;)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:February 17th, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
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I don't flip through it while driving. I load up my 12-CD visor holder from it at night.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:February 17th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
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Like what? (I haven't heard bad things, and I always like to hear both sides ... )
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:February 17th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I can't think of anything specific right now. And I refuse to even try to dredge up vague memories of what I've heard, because I just know someone's going to pop out of the woodwork and say "ITUNES DOES NOT DO THAT, YOU FILTHY LIAR". I just remember hearing discussions among friends and others that end with "That's why I don't want iTunes on my system."
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From:yakko
Date:February 17th, 2009 07:14 am (UTC)
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Although it's obviously not the solution for KT, I ended up doing exactly this. It's worked great, except when Apple stopped making the remote for the later iPods.

I lament the loss of the wired remote that early iPods had. Their best use was in the car. I had the remote velcro'd to the center console so I could just put the iPod out of sight and operate the controls without taking my eyes off the road.

Of course, I made sure the new car came with the iPod connector, so now I can control the iPod right from the steering wheel. Great stuff!

My CDs haven't seen the light of day in many years thanks to MP3.
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From:bassfingers
Date:February 17th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
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This thing doesn't have to *supplement* my existing carrier, it can *replace* it!
Ah, but inevitably, it will supplement it. Music expands to fill its storage bounds, or somesuch...

I just bought a 1.5 TB hard drive for my iTunes library. It was one thing when it was 120GB on a 150GB drive. But then I started downloading TV shows and ripping movies, and its' currently 420GB on a 500GB drive. So it moves again...
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:February 17th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
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This is true. :}
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From:yakko
Date:February 17th, 2009 07:16 am (UTC)
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I never needed 1TB hard drives until I got a camcorder. Now my 1TB external drive is over half full. I have several 500GB drives that are similarly loaded with video (handbrake works great).
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From:jugularjaguar
Date:February 17th, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)

At the rate you are growing

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That will not be enough from the sounds of it.
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From:ceruleanst
Date:February 17th, 2009 09:32 am (UTC)
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I'm in the process of figuring out a solution for easy-access storage of all my audio cassettes, because I still use them, and it should fit exactly 220 tapes because now there's never going to be more. But there's also nothing expressly designed to hold them anymore, so I have to be crafty and find something to adapt to the purpose.
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From:gedrean
Date:February 17th, 2009 10:35 am (UTC)
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See, that's why I just took all my old CDs, ripped and encoded, and put them to a couple of MP3 CDs. Then I took those old CDs and put them all into a soft carrier and put the carrier away. Now I only carry about 3-4 CDs with me anywhere.
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