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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 11/16/2018

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  02:22 PM

I've settled into the groove (haha) of ripping the CD collection. I started by using MusicMatch, a product I have an irrational loyalty to. I never loved starting it up, what with it doing its "component check" that took forever. Since Yahoo bought it, it's gotten even more inconvenient. It keeps popping up some screen about some subscription or other has expired, and sign up at Yahoo, and blah-blah.

Then there's the issue that MusicMatch doesn't recognize a lot of my more obscure CDs, i.e., it can't find them it whatever database it's using. (Perhaps this is the Yahoo message I keep getting -- no database?) This means I have to manually enter track and tag info, and holy cow, that's tedious.

But the problem that finally led me away from using it as a primary ripping tool was that I couldn't get support for WMA Lossless. Friend John had recommended WMA Lossless as compressed but, you know, lossless. And a day or so later I was reading someone's advice (sorry, don't remember where) that you should rip lossless, and then convert copies to whatever format you need for (e.g.) your iPod. MusicMatch doesn't support WMA Lossless native, but it's supposed to be available via an add-in. But the add-in page 404s, and about then I thought I'd had enough with MM, or more specifically, with how Yahoo is handling MM.

So I'm ripping using Windows Media Player 10. It supports WMA Lossless, and a little bit to my surprise, I've been able to configure it to create tracks with file name format I want. Plus it has recognized every CD I've put in, so no manual tag editing, yay. So far -- it's still early -- I haven't run into any problems that make me hate WMP.

I guess that over the course of the next few weeks I'll be whittling down the CD collection as I rip. For the time being I'm concentrating on CDs that it wouldn't devastate me to lose. Even so, I'll also burn some DVDs with backups of all this and keep them someplace offsite.

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