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Mass storage devices or services for music, any recommendations?

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I’m looking to rip/sort/store/play my 1000+ CD collection. Do any of you have strong thoughts or personal experience with any hardware or services?

I’ve been looking at the B2. http://www.thebrennan.com

Also looking at Google Play.

I don’t listen to nearly all my music because I don’t always want to go through rows and rows of CDs to either rip and listen or put in the car for my work commute.

However, I wouldn’t mind doing that for a week or two around the clock if I could find a way to build a massive library, cloud or physical, and then access it via home entertainment devices. I’m using Sonos currently.

Thanks in advance.

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I don’t have any fancy solutions but I do everything physical. I don’t trust any cloud service.

  1. Everything is on my home PC.
  2. Everything is backed up to two separate external HDs (one at home, one at work).
  3. Everything is on my phone, which is how I actually listen to it.
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I have my cd (and vinyl) music collection backed up on the secondary computer hard drive (the main pc hard drive has the operating system and software on - the secondary drive has the files - music, pics, videos, documents etc).

There’s also a backup of the music on an another external hard drive stored in a drawer elsewhere (just in case of theft, damage, hd failure etc) - and I also use Google Play - which is very easy to use - and can be accessed on any near enough any modern phone, tablet, pc or mac device with an internet connection when out and about 😃)

I think Google Play still comes free when you sign up for a gmail account (if you haven’t already got one) - and it’s nice to be able to play a rare song or two from a band to a mate who expressed an interest in them etc - without too much hassle.
 

That B2 looks an impressive bit of kit mate - though if you already have a quality Sonos set-up it may be a little superfluous? (depending on your set-up / requirements, of course)


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TV’s Frink said:

I don’t have any fancy solutions but I do everything physical. I don’t trust any cloud service.

  1. Everything is on my home PC.
  2. Everything is backed up to two separate external HDs (one at home, one at work).
  3. Everything is on my phone, which is how I actually listen to it.

This is probably your best bet.

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Handman said:

TV’s Frink said:

I don’t have any fancy solutions but I do everything physical. I don’t trust any cloud service.

  1. Everything is on my home PC.
  2. Everything is backed up to two separate external HDs (one at home, one at work).
  3. Everything is on my phone, which is how I actually listen to it.

This is probably your best bet.

That’s exactly the setup I have now. It works well enough but it can be tedious to sit and rip cds all day at a laptop. I’m still looking at that if I go with the B2, but I’m really just wanting to get away from Apple a bit and move toward a non-Apple cloud (Jason’s Google Play) or a physical device other than a laptop or my iPhone.

I’m not chunking any of my physical media so redundant backups are a precaution, not my only source files. The Sonos will be my access and control, but it’s not a storage system. I suspect I’ll just have to continue with Apple, move my music to their cloud, and use my phone or one of my Apple TVs as the interface for Sonos.

I’d rather my NAS not be a cloud or iTunes, but as is the case for my home computing, Apple got here first and I’m a long way in to bail now.

Thanks for the responses.

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You can still rip your CDs to iTunes without using any music or cloud service. I’ve got all my 1000+ CDs ripped in iTunes on a Mac hooked to my stereo system and I synchronize my music to my iPhone with iTunes. No cloud, no Apple Music. But you’ll need an iPhone with a lot of memory (128-256 Gb) if you want all your music on your phone!

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Since I’m already a ways down that road, that’s most likely how I’ll continue. No Apple Music service, just big storage at a local level.

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