This isn’t really a theoretical question, but more practical, really.
I mean, yeah, I get that it’s nice to have a physical copy, and then it feels good to have the digital file on a NAS or whatever, so I’m thinking about the practical act of burning these CD’s one-by-one to FLAC files to store.
I use Roon with Tidal/Qobuz to play the same music I already have on CD. I don’t use a CD transport at this point, but I have re-ripped a chunk of my collection as FLAC files to my NAS, and they show up in my Roon library along with the many exact same albums that are already available on T/Q. (Previously I’d had nearly everything ripped as AAC, but as I’m listening on better equipment, and comparing it to the hi-res streams that sound really good, I don’t even bother playing those iTunes-ripped lossy files anymore.)
But is it worth it to rip a thousand CD’s that are already on Tidal/Qobuz? It’s growing wicked tiresome. (Sure if I have a CD that’s not on those services, yes. Ripping makes perfect sense.) I still listen to vinyl, but I don’t needle-drop at this point, so we’re really just talking about the process of ripping CD’s that already exist on those services.
Any thoughts, philosophies, soapboxes on the topic?
I’ll hang up and listen.