Originally Posted by ca1ore
Well, you're not the first person to suggest that; but, at the risk of being branded a 'luddite', I'm just not all that interested. I reject claims that somehow ripped CDs sound better than the actual CD itself - at least, I've not been able to tell any difference - so it's a measure of convenience that, for me, is questionable. I have over 3,000 CDs that I listen to primarily at home - I have neither the time nor the inclination to rip even a subset of that collection and computers interest me not at all. Further, harddrives are an inherently awful storage mechanism - given their propensity for mechanical failure - so I'll stick with my spinner for now.
You like the term 'obsolete' I see. Until such a time that a full catalog of CDs are no longer available, CD players will continue to be useful, therefore NOT obsolete. I don't doubt that I may be forced to move to downloading music at some point (pretty clear that it's the future), but even then it may still be prudent to burn the music to a physical CD. Regardless, CD has many years of life left in it.
If I had 3000 CDs to rip and had to do it myself I'd probably feel the same - at 5 minutes per CD this amounts to about 30 8 hour days of work. If you're a lawyer like most people on this forum, this represents a billing opportunity cost of $75,000 - $100,000.
I had a 1000 and found someone that did the ripping for me for free. I still ended up a day or 2-3 looking up cover art, and tagging and organizing. So it is a monumental effort. I fully realize this is not something someone heavily invested in discs will undertake so, my comment about obsolete CD players was not a generic statement. For ME a CD player is now obsolete, and in the unlikey event Steve ends up ripping his collection it will be for him as well. CD players (and CDs) will be around for a long time.
Reliability of disc strorage is a function of how much you spend. You can get a few TB worth of full RAID NAS for a few hundred bucks - reliability is not an issue at all.
However, since you clearly and understandably are not going to jump on the computer audio bandwagon anytime soon, a PWT should probably be one of the main contenders to take a coveted space in your rack.