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RipDigital announces CD ripping service

RipDigital recently announced a new CD ripping service to save you time from doing it yourself - ideal for those with large collections of CDs that have yet to digitize them. RipDigital will turn your CD library into an MP3 library of 224Kbs bitrate song files with “a traceable, unique identification code in each converted track” to discourage illegal file sharing. You can opt to have the MP3 library stored on a DVD or a hard drive. Prices for ripping your CD collection start at 100 CDs for $129. After placing your online order, RipDigital will send you all the packing materials for shipping your CDs. When we asked RipDigital if they offer AAC encoding the response was, “Currently we only offer MP3 conversion. In the near term, we’re keeping it simple. I take your point about AAC and this may be something we add down the line.”

Press Release

RipDigital Launches CD to MP3 Conversion Service

—First-of-its-kind service simplifies the switch to digital music—

New York, New York

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Nice idea, but to be honest I’d be really worried about putting all my cds (many now deleted) in a box and waving goodbye to the postman, hoping they all come back in the same condition.

Posted by Tom Newton in Irvine, CA on January 2, 2004 at 1:05 PM (CST)


you dont think the RIAA has anything to do with the fact that there being encoded with tracers to “discourage” file sharing. and whats with the 224kb encoding. 192kb should be fine for most. anything more than that and your wasting hd space.

Posted by Jaguares in Irvine, CA on January 2, 2004 at 1:23 PM (CST)


  I think that it’s pretty bad if you pay $129.00 to rip 100 cds.  It’s not rocket science, and if you don’t understand something about it, just GOOGLE it. I dont like the tracer idea also

Posted by irtehpod in Irvine, CA on January 2, 2004 at 2:10 PM (CST)


I’ll do 100 CDs for $100. Who is gonna patronize this service?

Posted by Pete LaVergheta in Irvine, CA on January 2, 2004 at 2:10 PM (CST)


Ripping CDs is a daunting task.especially if you’ve got a lot of them.

I’d say it’s reasonable considering they’ll burn a DVD of all of your CDs—nice backup and whatnot.

Posted by dethbrakr in Irvine, CA on January 2, 2004 at 3:19 PM (CST)


you guys are missing the big picture. its not about making it easier to rips cd’s for you. any numbnut can do that. its about putting a tracer on YOUR purchased music to keep you from sharing your mp3s. which if you bought legally you should have the right to do so. plus your cant really control which songs get converted and which dont. which means your gonna have to delete alot of mp3s that you wouldnt normally rip.

Posted by Jaguares in Irvine, CA on January 2, 2004 at 3:34 PM (CST)


“its about putting a tracer on YOUR purchased music to keep you from sharing your mp3s. which if you bought legally you should have the right to do so.”

Well, sharing music is illegal, so what differance does it make if you bought it legally?

Posted by monkedsel in Irvine, CA on January 2, 2004 at 3:42 PM (CST)


any numbnut can do it, yes, but an average of 5-10mins/CD x 100 CDs = 500-1,00mins.  That’s just above minimum there’s shipping and the $5 DVD-R.

Posted by dethbrakr in Irvine, CA on January 2, 2004 at 3:46 PM (CST)


I wonder if they are acutually ripping the exact CD you send them, or perhaps they have a master library and the CD is just proof you own it.  It would make the labor easier if they have a pre-existing library.
Also, many of my CDs are over 15 year old with some scratches.  It would be great to have a pristine (albeith compressed) version of some of my older CDs.

Posted by Cornholio in Irvine, CA on January 2, 2004 at 4:36 PM (CST)


This is a good business idea, but the idea of having traceable mp3s does not sit right. They are treating their customers like crooks assuming they steal music. 

Anybody who does this is just asking for trouble.

Posted by dave in Irvine, CA on January 2, 2004 at 5:42 PM (CST)


hey monk so i cant let my friend borrow a cd that he might then turn around and rip to his computer without my consent. i guess i better call the cops huh. think for yourself and stop thinking like they want you to think.

Posted by Jaguares in Irvine, CA on January 2, 2004 at 6:21 PM (CST)


this idea is dumb-da-dumb-dumb. i doubt it will last, but i’m sure some people will fall for it.

only in America do companies get away with silly ideas like this. in other countries you bag your own groceries, change your own oil, and clean your own stinking house. here in the Land Of The Free, everything remotely daunting is done by other people who actually pocket very little of the money charged for their services. that includes ripping your precious plastic+metal discs onto your precious plastic+metal MP3 player… and then tagging them with some PATRIOT-Act random number so you can be found in material breach of international copyright laws when it shows up in Hillary Rosen’s C:Progra~1KazzaDownload folder. (yeah yeah, i know she’s not technically in the RIAA anymore. SO SUE ME.)

i personally ripped 300+ CDs when i got my iPod. it took several weeks between classes and work, and i was very relieved when it was all over and done with. i’d hate to do it again, but there’s no way i’m going to pay someone to do it for me (or worse, pack all my CDs in a box and send them to god knows where).

what’s worse is that, with the not-so-subtle (or clever) use of Lucida Grande and the silly aqua buttons on their site, they are obviously targeting iPod owners with this, umm, “service.”

another funny part of their website is this chart:
the chart is funny enough on its own, but the filename of “getripped” should tell you exactly what their intentions are for their customers.

moral of the story: if you really don’t have the time, pay your niece or some kid in your neighborhood to rip your CDs, but there’s no reason to send your CDs or your hard-earned cash to these people.

(written from a PC because my 2-month old Powerbook is en route to Texas so its hard drive can be replaced - so much for thinking that a new Powerbook would provide me with a reliable alternative to my dead/dying Dual USB iBook)

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Posted by thomas in Irvine, CA on January 2, 2004 at 6:34 PM (CST)

1 has done this for months, and appears to be a much much better (and more flexible) service than this one.

Posted by Jerrod H. in Irvine, CA on January 2, 2004 at 7:38 PM (CST)


I don’t see how they do the file encryption thingy, but it’s not excatly a feature I’d want anyway… I prefer to handle the files any way I want to. Screw restrictions. They all are “rip”- offs! Gotta love ‘em puns.

Posted by Sam in Irvine, CA on January 2, 2004 at 10:28 PM (CST)


Very punny, indeed, sam…
I personally wouldn’t use this service, but it sounds like something that would be useful to somebody.


First get a government grant, then buy yourself a to Cuba.  Don’t forget to hug a tree before you go…

That’s the beauty of capitalism.  You think you have a good idea for a good service?  You advertise it and perform it for cost.  If it’s not a good service, then nobody will pay you for it, and it will die out.  MAKE SENSE?

I’ve said it before.  Don’t like it?  Don’t buy it.

Posted by dethbrakr in Irvine, CA on January 3, 2004 at 4:33 AM (CST)


Jaguares actually that is the case, each time you even play a CD to friends let alone lend it you break the law, not that anyone abides these laws. you have no right over the music you’ve bought except to play it to yourself.

but as for the oringinal point, of course you can’t share files, whether you own them or not, you can make your own PERSONAL copy(rip)

but hey, i won’t tell if you don’t

Posted by silver_haze20 in Irvine, CA on January 3, 2004 at 6:38 AM (CST)


If it doesn’t offer anything other than 224mp3 most of us will probably want to reencode into 128 AAC anyway. 160mp3 would be much more sensible

Posted by ti in Irvine, CA on January 3, 2004 at 7:04 AM (CST)


Uh, I hate to disappoint you silver_haze20, but under the Home Recording Act of 1996, you ARE allowed to loan a friend a CD. In fact, you are allowed to make a copy for that friend of any CD you own, so long as it’s not for commercial purposes.

This country has gone crazy in the enforcement of intellectual property law. First there was the DMCA, then the Patriot Act give the government the right to secret investigations and trials, with only a tangential requirement that it be in the interest of national security. Why was it necessary to change copyright infringement from a tort to a crime anyway? What was wrong with the old system, whereby copyright holders bore the responsibility of protecting their own copyrights, as it had been for 70 years? Why do we as taxpayers have to help enforce the monetary rights of copyright holders in our society?

One word: conservatives. They will sell any of your rights to the highest bidder, regardless of any ethical problems. Hell, can they even SPELL ethics? I’ll bet W can’t..and he went to Harvard!

Posted by dingbat in Irvine, CA on January 3, 2004 at 8:05 AM (CST)


EAC is easier to learn than the toilet.

Posted by ummm... in Irvine, CA on January 3, 2004 at 11:50 PM (CST)


Re: Get Digital

It may be a better service, but it costs twice as much.

Get Digital: 200 CDs = ~ $400
Rip Digital: 200 Cds = ~ $200

Posted by Mark Milian in Irvine, CA on January 4, 2004 at 1:31 AM (CST)

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