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Music store offers iPods for CD trade-ins

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By LC Angell

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Published: Thursday, December 29, 2005
News Categories: Deals

Millennium Music, an independent music store in Charleston, South Carolina, allows customers to trade in their old CDs for an iPod. You can drop off your CDs at one of two locations or ship your collection to the store. The CDs credits will be judged on physical quality and quality of title. In addition, if a customer doesn’t have enough CDs, the difference can be made up with cash.

Millennium’s CD to iPod converstion table:
45 CDs = 512MB iPod shuffle
65 CDs = 1GB iPod shuffle
85 CDs = 2GB iPod nano
110 CDs = 4GB iPod nano
130 CDs = 30GB video iPod
175 CDs = 60GB video iPod

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1

That’s pretty cool

Posted by Jonathan Keim on December 29, 2005 at 1:32 PM (PDT)

2

Awesome concept! Just take your CD’s and put them on your hard drive and just send them off because you can always burn them back later.

Posted by lovepoke on December 29, 2005 at 1:48 PM (PDT)

3

WTF?  That’s like $2.50 per disc.  You can do MUCH better on Half.com.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on December 29, 2005 at 2:12 PM (PDT)

4

And I donated over 100 cd’s to the library last year because I didn’t like them anymore.  Although, I claimed the charitable deduction on my taxes.  I claimed $3.66 for each, so I ended up with almost $400 deduction.  So I did alright too.

Posted by mtnagel in Cincinnati, OH on December 29, 2005 at 2:12 PM (PDT)

5

Instead of buying an ipod and then ripping your CDs, rip your CDs first and get a free ipod!

Posted by Ted on December 29, 2005 at 2:13 PM (PDT)

6

175 CDs new == about $2625
60GB ipod new == $400

even used it’s no deal at $1225.

Posted by Puck in washington dc on December 29, 2005 at 2:17 PM (PDT)

7

Of course if you rip your CDs and then get rid of the physical discs, your ripped copies are no longer legal.

Posted by Mike W in Silicon Valley, CA on December 29, 2005 at 2:27 PM (PDT)

8

“your ripped copies are no longer legal”
Are you kidding!? Someone actually thinks the RIAA has integrity and plays along within their criminal boundaries? Wow, hook, line and sinker huh?

Posted by Jack Tripper on December 29, 2005 at 2:48 PM (PDT)

9

Of course the ones I would want to get rid of would be worth nothing.

Posted by Sharon Faulk on December 29, 2005 at 3:35 PM (PDT)

10

DVD’s count too.

DVDs will often count as 2 CDs. DVDs with a high retail value will be counted as 2 CDs. DVDs with a low retail value will be counted as 1 CD. DVD box sets will be counted as multiple DVDs, based on original retail value.

Posted by derek on December 29, 2005 at 4:28 PM (PDT)

11

How good a value it is depends on your point of view.  If you go to a used music store or yard sales or something and pick up 175 CDs for a buck each, you get a $175 iPod Video. If, however, you take your own used CDs and can sell them for $3 each at the local used store, you’d make $135 on 45 CDs, thus it wouldn’t be worth it to trade those in for that 512MB iPod Shuffle.

Posted by Kat2 on December 29, 2005 at 6:53 PM (PDT)

12

How legit is this offer? Has anyone tried this yet? Specially if I am mailing my collection to them?

Thanks

Posted by DB on December 29, 2005 at 9:31 PM (PDT)

13

wow, the coolest part is how you can use as many CDs as you want and finnish it in cash! I don’t know about the value of 70 and 80s CDs though =)

Posted by Ryan on December 30, 2005 at 9:13 AM (PDT)

14

Maybe is a good concept but they must increase the price per CD.

Posted by D on December 30, 2005 at 10:29 AM (PDT)

15

You’re much better off selling your CDs on eBay.

Posted by Craig on December 30, 2005 at 11:37 AM (PDT)

16

“You’re much better off selling your CDs on eBay.”

Yeah, because listing and then packing, addressing, and mailing 175 individual cd’s is a great way to spend your spare time.

Posted by Chimpee on December 30, 2005 at 12:37 PM (PDT)

17

Are you kidding!? Someone actually thinks the RIAA has integrity and plays along within their criminal boundaries? Wow, hook, line and sinker huh?

I’m not sure what to make of this, since technically what Mike W states is true; if you don’t own the CD you are not entitled to fair use of the music on it. Never mind that you may have paid $15 for the disc and are only getting $2 of trade-in value for it; once the CD is sold or bartered away, no matter what the price, your rights to the music goes with it.

So how is that pandering to the RIAA?  Enslaved is more like it…

Posted by flatline response on December 30, 2005 at 12:43 PM (PDT)

18

Now do they want the jewel cases as well? Cause thats a cr*p load of money for shipping.

Posted by azn1stknightsoul on December 30, 2005 at 9:17 PM (PDT)

19

Happy Cristmas!

  I think that “good deal” is not for that, who love music fidelity: CD sound is worst then LP (60db vs 90db of sound range), but AAC LC at 128bps (uset by common iPod user) IS MORE WORST THEN originl CD sound.

  For example?

  Take some experiments. Please, rip one of Your’s CD (the better result is for music with natural instrouments, like piano, vioce, guitar) to iTunes AAC at 320bps CBR (uncheck Variable Bitrate in iTunes).
  After that, upload this CD trought iTunes to iPod.

  At final: connect iPod TO SAME music syste (i mean amplifier), insert SAME CD to system, correct sound volume on iPod AND THEN COMPARE SOUND FROM IPOD AND ORIGINAL CD BY YOURSELF.
 
  If You not hear any differences, this article not for you and great thanks for attention and wasted times.

  For all other, - any comments ?

  I have a lot of my CD with classic blues & jazz at home and take iPod if i trawel. At home i hear original CD. May be, it is a problem in my ears smile

  Good NY for all!

  With best wishes from Kyiv (Ukraine)

Posted by Sergey Shablovsky on January 1, 2006 at 12:38 PM (PDT)

20

I well let you know how they are, as i just sent a box out today. i sent over a 140 CD and few DVD to get myself a 30GB Video, FYI it cost $16.70 to ship UPS w/ $300 insurance. I know i could get more on e-bay but am to lazy to put up that many auctions, plus i need room in my house as the wife is pregnant and we are purging the whole house.  Wish me luck.

Posted by marcnkarin on January 3, 2006 at 9:10 AM (PDT)

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