I used to have all of my music stored on my old computer as .mp3 files. When I got the new computer, rather than just copying everything over, I began the process of re-ripping my entire CD collection as AAC, as they sounded a little better and are slightly smaller than the old .mp3s. As I have a lot of music, this project takes quite a while, and I’ll approach it in fits and starts — ripping a ton of CDs over a few weeks, then getting tired of it and taking a break for a few weeks, then getting back into it.

I’ve been back in the “rip like mad” stage for the past week or so.

Progress so far:

Out of the (roughly) 1200 CDs that I own…

I’ve imported probably somewhere around 850 (my album count reads at 879, but that includes any tracks I’ve purchased from the iTunes Music Store).

There are 2,927 separate artists listed (though this is increased a bit by things like “Artist X presents Artist Y”, or “Artist A featuring Artist B”, and so on, not to mention soundtrack cast albums where nearly every song has a different ‘artist’ depending on which characters are performing).

My collection takes up 44.13GB of space.

It would take me 33 days, 13 hours, 21 minutes, and 57 seconds to listen to the entire collection from beginning to end.

The entire collection consists of 10,282 individual tracks.

And I’ve still got a few hundred more albums to import. I’m quite curious as to what the final count ends up being.

Now, if only I could afford either a wide enough pipe to start a ‘net radio station, or a low power FM transmitter to run a small local radio station (of course, I have no clue who’d actually tune in, but I still like the idea). I’d just put the entire collection on random, and let it go.

iTunes: “False Documents” by Anderson, Laurie from the album United States Live (1984, 1:59).