We’re slowly but surely moving towards a world where CDs, DVDs and most forms of portable optical media are obsolete.
We’re consuming more media than ever on our iPads and mobile phones, neither of which can read discs, and many of the sub-compact netbooks don’t even ship with a DVD/CD drive. Netflix is ditching DVDs in favor of streaming subscriptions. Apple is launching an app store for Macs, and the MacBook Air, which Apple just refreshed with new models, has no optical drive. Cloud-based storage and giant hard drives that plug into your home network are pennies per gigabyte, and reusable flash memory drives can hold more data than a Blu-ray disc.
Blu-ray players and disc-based game consoles will likely be around for a few more years, but the writing is on the wall: DVDs and CDs are not long for this world. Here’s how to transition to a future free of shiny plastic disks.
In this guide, we will show you the Four Methods about how to Get Rid of Your CDs and DVDs:
Method One: Stream it to your living room
If you listen to your music exclusively on your computer or on portable devices like the iPod, then you’re good to go. But if you’re an audiophile, or if you want to play your music on a stereo or home theater across the room from your computer, there are some excellent solutions.
One example is the Logitech Squeezebox. It’s a two piece system — a hardware device that plugs into your stereo, and an open source music server that you install on your computer. Music is streamed to the hardware box over your wi-fi network, and there are analog and digital outputs (both Toslink and coax) to hook up the box to any stereo, pre-amp or dedicated receiver.
If you purchase a particularly versatile music streaming box, you will find that not only can you eliminate all of your CDs, you can also download and play high resolution files, such as 24Bit/96KHz files, FLACs, mpegs, WAVs, and a variety of other formats without you needing to convert them into the kinds of files most players can handle. You can also tune in to internet radio streams. Thus, you not only eliminate large numbers of discs, you may find this new-found freedom almost dizzying as you can now play practically any format over your living room system wirelessly.
Method Two: Rip your DVDs
Take a hard look at your DVD player and your television. Do you see USB ports? Most home theater components have them now. If so, do an experiment — rip one DVD, convert it to an MP4 or MKV file, dump it onto a USB stick, and try watching it. If it worked, you can start phasing out DVDs.
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Method Three: Rip your CDs
For most everyone, this will not only be the most time-consuming part, but also the part that requires the toughest decision.
How much of an audiophile are you? If you demand the best, you’ll want to rip your music to a lossless format. We’d recommend Apple Lossless or FLAC. Apple Lossless is an option in iTunes (it’s in the drop-down in Import preferences), but FLAC isn’t. FLACs are CD-quality and the codec is free, and there are multiple free software programs that can rip FLACs for you. Songbird is a free, iTunes-like application that can rip straight to FLAC — you just need to install the CD Rip add-on to do it.
Of course, lossless files are much larger than even the highest quality MP3s. You’ll save massive amounts of disk space if you go the MP3 route. If you’re not an absolute stickler, consider ripping MP3s with the highest quality settings available.
And if you’ve gotten this far, you’re probably already familiar with the differences and you’ve found a setting in iTunes (or whatever you use) that you’re comfortable with.
Method Four: Back it up
There are two ways you could go with a fool-proof backup plan — a local data-saving system like a RAID array, or a cloud-based backup service. Ideally, you’d do both.Protected storage
When choosing a storage drive, aim for some sort of protection against drive failure or massive data loss. Most NASes and large-capacity storage devices come with software to manage a RAID array for you. Alternatively, get a pooled storage device like the Drobo, which protects you from drive failure and can be expanded as your collection grows.Cloud-based storage
There are a multitude of cloud-based backup services aimed at consumers, and you should pick one and keep it up to date. Think of it this way: what if your house burns down? What if kitty knocks over that 40-ouncer of High Life and it shorts out your NAS? You can restore all of your data from the cloud if you have to. It will take a few days to restore a large collection, but you won’t lose anything permanently.
To get more utility out of your cloud-based backup, consider something like Dropbox or Box.net. These services work more like a hard drive in the cloud, so you can access your files from any computer, upload files, share files and keep multiple computers in sync. They are more expensive, though — between $5 and $20 per month, depending on how much space you need.
Additional Tips: What to do with the old stuff?
- Sell your CDs and DVDs on the used market. Be aware that once you no longer own the media, you no longer have a license to use the content on the media, and some places will ask you to delete the copy on your hard drive.
- If you want to keep your media for backup, pull the discs and artwork out of the jewel cases, then organize them in a binder that you can store in a bookcase. Freecycle the plastic cases.
- Don’t throw away the CD and DVD plates themselves! CD and DVDs are made of several layers. 90% of it is composed of polycarbonate, a petrol derivative which is very polluant. You can contact the CD Recycling Center of the Americas. If you are in Europe, there is CD recycling factory near London, and one in Switzerland.