Update on The CD Project: 108 down, about 850 to go

The Great CD Ripping Project continues, after a brief hiatus while I was out of town on business. New totals: 108 albums, 1317 songs, 4:04:52:01 total time, 28.02 GB.

I’ve had to add a few new smart playlists to keep up with The Project. I still want to listen to all the music as it comes in, but the large lossless files won’t all fit on my iPod. So I’ve had to build a small Never Played playlist, limited to 100 or so tracks, to manage. I also built a smart playlist where “kind” contains Apple Lossless so that I could easily identify all the tracks that have been ripped as part of the project, and I could easily track my progress.

I’ve also had more than one occasion to bitch about the CDDB, and more particularly, about people who mangle the data for classical CDs. One version of the rant is contained in this comment on a MacOSXHint. The hint claims to provide a good way to manage classical tracks, but instead actively encourages inaccurate data.

The worst, though, is people who use the Artist field to put the movement name and put the name of the work in the Title name. This is all over the CDDB. It’s driving me up the wall, because it’s taking me at least three times as long to rip a classical CD. I’m afraid if I import the tracks with bad data, I’ll never be able to find them to reconcile them again.

iTunes Music Store now Tougher Than Leather

Well, it took two years, but Run-DMC is finally available in the iTunes Music Store as of Tuesday.

(One) day when I was chillin’ in Kentucky Fried Chicken
Just mindin’ my business, eatin’ food and finger lickin’
This dude walked in lookin’ strange and kind of funny
Went up to the front with a menu and his money
He didn’t walk straight, kind of side to side
He asked this old lady, “Yo, yo, um…is this Kentucky Fried?”
The lady said “Yeah”, smiled and he smiled back
He gave a quarter and his order, small fries, Big Mac!
You be illin’