The Great CD Lossless Ripping Project: Final Tally

After nine and a half months (!) of progress, two hard drives with a total of three-quarters of a terabyte of usable space, and over a thousand CDs, my project to rip all my CDs to losslessly compressed digital files is finished. There are other projects ahead, metadata updates (I have over two thousand tracks in my library with no year, for instance) and ripping obscure vinyl to name two. But the heavy lifting is over.

How heavy was the lifting? Heavy enough that I prepared a separate page with all the statistics and charts. But here’s the summary:

  • Tracks: 13,978
  • Total time: 42 days, 2 hours, 40 minutes, 51 seconds
  • Disk space: 312.81 GB
  • Artists: 1081
  • Albums: 1029

Would I do it again, knowing what I know now about the time involved and the effort? Yes, in a heartbeat. I’m learning more about music all over again just by listening to things that I hadn’t pulled out in months, thanks to the ability to listen via shuffle (yes, life is random). Plus I can start reclaiming some space from the mass of disks that consumed a massive corner of my basement (don’t worry, they were elevated above the flood stage).