So yesterday I started to move my mp3 collection to my new external hard drive. Originally I thought, hey, why not just do a block copy-and-paste all at once? and tried copying bands A through M. After about twenty minutes the status said ‘5% done; time remaining, 11 hours.’ That lasted until Depeche Mode, when the PC went to sleep last night. That was easily rectified of course, and I’m now going via small blocks of letters (it just finished N through P a few seconds ago).
So why am I doing this? Well, I think my externals are just getting worn out. Currently the collection is on two smaller 1TB externals and I’m starting to have issues with the PC reading one of them. It’ll work, but if the PC happens to go into sleep mode for any reason, the connection will get all wonky. No fear, though! Every mp3 is also copied to a third 2TB external whose sole purpose is to simply be backup storage. Nothing has been lost!
But seriously, though…why 4 terabytes? Isn’t that a bit excessive? Well, no. It’s a very comfortable amount of space for a collection that’s slowly been expanding for almost forty years. It gives me space for what I have already and an equal amount of space for any future purchases, rips, or downloads. [Especially now that I rip my cds at the max bitrate of 320 kbps. I’m not too snobbish about bitrate, but the higher it is, the better, clearer and louder the sound quality. And I usually stick with mp3 format instead of FLAC or anything else, simply because it’s space saving and I don’t hear too much of a difference.]
But that still begs the question: do I really listen to that much music?
Well, I don’t listen to every single song in my collection on a daily basis, no. That would be impossible. It’s more of a library than just a collection, anyway. I use it not just for entertainment but for background while I’m writing. I use it for reference with my music-related writing. And I share it with a few people on my Plex server so they get to listen and enjoy my tunage as well. A. likes to listen to stuff occasionally via that route while she’s working. Not everything gets heavy rotation play, but my library is big enough where I can shift that rotation and keep it fresh.
But yeah. I really do listen to that much music. If I don’t have a streaming radio station going, I’m probably listening to a certain batch of albums. Currently I’m going through a bunch of the 2016 albums in preparation for my eventual Best Of list next month.
Some people love vintage cars. Some love special edition books. Some love collectible figurines.
Me? I love music.
I was recently looking for a song on Spotify as my iPod broke and the tape deck(!) in my car gave out more than a year ago so that plus the radio is all I’ve got for my long commute. Spotify didn’t have it but I do, at home, on CD, which I ripped to iTunes . A big collection is necessary for just these kind of situations.