You may have an impressive number of audio CDs and DVDs. But if you’re starting to feel like your media collection is taking up precious space, it may be time to do a little spring cleaning.
For those that prefer to have original CDs and DVDs as opposed to a digital copy, buying a big box to store them is often a good solution. But if you find you access most of your music and movies from your computer or other device, it’s very easy to create some space.
You can eliminate the clutter caused by your music collection by ripping your CDs, cassettes or records to your computer. Depending on the number of discs you have, this could be a daunting task.
But the good thing about ripping CDs is that you don’t have to sit at your computer until it’s done; you can simply check in every 10 minutes or so when it’s time to change discs. Programs like Windows Media Player work well for doing this, as you can set a CD to start ripping automatically.
For records and cassettes, simply connect your player to your computer, and then download a free program like Audacity to get started.
While this will be more involved than ripping music, it can be well worthwhile if you have a lot of VHS tapes lying around. You can either purchase a dedicated device for converting VHS to DVD directly, or take the more involved route.
If doing the latter, you will need something that can play the tape, like a VCR or older camcorder. You will also need a DV camera with DV pass-through support. All require cables to connect them, which would have been included when the equipment was first purchased.