So far, I have been using only my CD player, amplifier and loudspeakers to listen to my CDs. I do not plan to stop spinning CDs, but a backup of all my CDs looks like a good idea.
I have 1000+ classical CDs and I am confused as to where to start to make a backup of all of them. How do you people organise your CD backup recordings?
E.g. my PC has just a cheap CD drive. Should I install one that is particularly good for music? Which one?
E.g. should I upgrade my sound card? Which sound card is best for music?
Should I store the sound files on an external hard drive, or copy them on CDs or other media?
I am hesitating between MP3 320kbps or lossless WAV (double the space). Recommendations?
Should I organise these recordings piece by piece, or CD by CD? E.g. if recording a CD with a symphony by Shostakovich and a concerto by Prokoviev, should it be one folder, or two folders?
How do you copy the track information (movements, duration) and other details from the CD cover and booklet? Scan? That seems like a titanesque task! Is there a program or a widget that can assist me with that? E.g. a barcode reader that would scan each CD's barcode and display all that? And how do you associate that information with your sound files?
My CD collection is organised in a chronological-analogical way. I have medieval, baroque, classical, romantic etc. in that order. Within these, I have the composers by date of birth. Within the composers, I have the works by number of instruments: sonatas, duos, quartets, orchestra, orchestra with soloists and choir. How do I replicate that classification in a digital storage system that allows me to browse per genre / period?
A titanesque task ahead, but I suppose I'd better start somewhere...