As standard we check your library and make sure there's only one copy of each album in your final library. By a copy we mean an exact duplicate - same album name, same artists, same tracks etc.
We also check to ensure that even if you have just one copy of an album you only have one copy of each track. It does happen, particularly if we're megring our work with files created previously. Where a duplicate is.
Using our normal high quality CD ripping settings 100 CDs will take up 10 Gb of (data) space. So you would be able to get over 1,000 ripped CDs on an iPod Classic.
If we rip your music into Apple Lossless, AIFF or MP3 formats capacities will be different.
You can leave it to us to take care of the details, or we can discuss your requirements and devise a strategy to suit you.
As standard we will convert your music into Apple Lossless format - ALAC. This is great sound for modern streaming systems including Songs..
Optionally we can convert into MP3, FLAC, AAC or AIFF formats. No additional charge for alternative settings.
Music is returned with full instructions for loading your music library.
We typically put your music onto a USB hard drive or memory stick.
Even if you have several hundred CDs you can do this very quickly with the aid of a digital camera, even the camera in your smartphone.
Put your CDs in stacks, 20 - 30 tall, with the label edges showing artist and album name facing you. Take a photo with you camera.
Repeat until all CDs you're having ripped are recorded.
Some clients have CDs that have been made special, perhaps signed by the artist or inscribed with a special message. For those we suggest taking the CD out of the case and just giving us the disc to rip. In that way the irreplaceable item remains with you but will be digitised by podServe.
If you have a CD which is in itself unique make a copy of it yourself before you give it to us.
Some clients, owning both a portable music player and a home entertainment system, prefer two copies of their music library. One in a more compressed format to play on an iPod and an uncompressed or lossless format for their Sonos. We can do this, the charge is an additional 10% to cover the cost of the second copy.
We can get great results even from poor quality discs thanks to our error correcting CD drives. However there are some discs which are too damaged to rip properly, in these cases you will not be charged.
We have excellent software to obtain album art, but ....
Not all album art is available. Recent, popular, albums are easiest to find but even so the image may not be what you might expect. From time to time labels change the album art so the image we find may not be exactly the same as the picture you have. Classical music is more difficult to find and so the success rate may not be as good.
Where we do download album art, digital images are embedded into each track. If you need a copy in the album folder we can arrange this, just ask at time of collection.
Compressed formats enable you to get more music onto your iPod, but at extremes of compression you lose quality. For this reason we won't drop below 256 Kbps - the loss of quality isn't worth it. Compressed formats are AAC and MP3.
Uncompressed files hold every bit of data from the original CD. We support AIFF as uncompressed music, this is an exact copy of the CD plus a data wrapper holding album art, track, performer, album, genre etc. Files are very large but the quality is unquestionable.
Lossless formats use advanced maths to remove surplus data. You get smaller data files without losing any sound quality - the best of both worlds. We support Apple Lossless.