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Think Different Store launches CD ripping service

The Think Different Store has announced the launch of its new CD ripping service. “Designed to provide iPod owners with a fast path to a complete digital music library, the service converts music on CDs into high-quality MP3 files suitable for importing into iTunes and the iPod,” according to the store. Conversions start at $55 plus shipping and require approximately 5 days to complete. The service is available online at, and also at the retail location in Selden, New York. Customers purchasing the service in person will save shipping fees.

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I must’ve missed the boat here.

They want you to pay them to rip your CDs (presumably even the songs you didn’t want) and “in a matter of days” you’ll have a bunch of files that you still then have to import into iTunes?

Let me see. CD into drive, pick tracks you want, press import button. Done.

I know I’m missing something.

Posted by Confused on November 29, 2005 at 10:53 AM (CST)


You’re missing the number of CDs ! When you have 100 or 500 CDs, that’s a lot of time and work…

Posted by Steph on November 29, 2005 at 11:04 AM (CST)


Can’t see anybody utilizing this service.  You still must import the files into iTunes and then your iPod.  Half the fun of owning an iPod is the ability of using your CDs as you see fit.

Besides, my experience with this particular vendor has been nothing but a hassle.  Their web site does not indicate out-of-stock items or items that are pre-order only.  I recently tried to purchase a Duo case.  Two days later I received a message that it was a pre-order item.  I cancelled the order and was promised a refund…still waiting.

What a rip-off!

Posted by pjm on November 29, 2005 at 11:12 AM (CST)


Importing the files into iTunes is just a drag’n'drop :)

I have imported myself 500 CDs, it took me a lot of time, especially for the cover. But I’m not sure, I would have payed someone to do it for me…

Posted by Steph on November 29, 2005 at 11:19 AM (CST)


Steph, I didn’t miss the number of CDs I’m just astounded that anyone would find this idea marketable. Sure it’s a lot of time but I doubt anyone would seriously sit and watch their CDs being ripped, you’d be doing something else at the same time, right? I know I was.

For myself, ripping the CDs also allowed me to filter out the tracks I didn’t want to keep. That’s part of the beauty of the iPod for me.

I guess it’s a service that costs them nothing to offer and very little to perform so why not stick it on your site and see if anyone wants it.

I think I’ll go hire someone to wipe my nose now.

Posted by Confused on November 29, 2005 at 11:41 AM (CST)


meh. when i got my first ipod over 2 years ago and started imported 400 CDs it seemed to have taken forever. after doing it a few hours each night for a month or so they were all on there. then it’s just simple maintenance. i’d rather do it myself. you’d be amazed at some of the songs you totally forgot about or new ones you didn’t even know existed.
i’d never pay someone to do something so simple.

Posted by mdwsta4 on November 29, 2005 at 11:41 AM (CST)


Look at the listed prices. On the first page it says that it’s free for the CDs over 150 (this would be a great deal for anyone with a large collection), but once you click further, you’ll discover that it’s actually $.95/CD over 150 + Shipping. I think they need to fix their site or be reported to the better business bureau.

Posted by urbanslaughter on November 29, 2005 at 6:11 PM (CST)

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