How to replace belt in Sony CDP-M555ES? Otherwise, easiest way to convert 400 CDs?
I basically started the process with iTunes and made the mistake of ripping to 320 kbps intially and had to go back and re-rip to lossless. That was for about 1200 CDs.
Now when I get a new CD, which I still buy....I have both iTunes open and XLD. I have separate lossless library and iTunes library. The iTunes library feeds iPhones, iPod and the Apple Music and sharing to family members. The lossless library feeds my Squeezebox Touch and home system. It is around 24,000 songs I think. So took a while to rip.
However, now my system is this:
Insert disk. Both XLD and iTunes recognize disk (usually, XLD can be somewhat hit or miss.)I have iTunes on manual rip.
First, I have XLD set to rip to Apple Lossless (works best with my universe) with some checks and redundancy, but not in Super Paranoia mode. While the disk is ripping, if needed, I’ll search for album artwork, download and save to artwork folder. When done, if needed, I’ll add artwork with XLD. I then click iTunes and have it rip to the iTunes folder in 320 KBPS. ITunes is better at the artwork thing at least with newer disks.
For future, I have a couple of older iPods. I picked up a couple of kits to convert the hard drive to microSD cards, so I can get close to 1TB of storage, which will handle most if not all my lossless library. At that time,I’ll basically convert over to the lossless library for everything, unless I keep the lossy one for my phone. One iPod is going in my car and the other will go into our cabin music system. I just need to get up the courage to take apart two iPods and hope I don’t wreck em.
If you keep your CD’s in a box, and just rip as you are working away on the computer, it is a pretty seamless process. I think it took me a couple months to rip 12-1400 CDs. 400, could do 20/night, might take a few weeks to a month.
I missed the mention of disabled on the first post. Not sure if you could rig up a jig that made it easier to open and replace the CD and case....without knowing the nature of the challenge it is hard to say, but you sound pretty resourceful if you are looking at replacing a belt in a CD player....
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Last edited by duffer_mcmulliga; 08-26-2019 at 12:29 PM.