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When I say media I am mainly talking about movies originally in DVD form and second about music.How is this working.Are people buying their favorites on DVD and then to prevent damage to the original they copy to hdd.When they want to watch they watch from their hdd?. I have Rhapsody as a music service.I can pay from .99 cents to 1.29 per song for a download.There is a process explained by Rhaspody on how to store to CD or USB or an actual listening device.Is a source like Rhapsody (where you initaly pay for the download) the way you would build a music collection?
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I have a decent Movie/TV/Music collection going.

For my music I typically buy physical CDs and rip them using EAC to FLAC, and categorize onto my storage server. 95% of my music is all FLACs, and the remaining MP3s are replaced when I come across an album, FLAC web download, but usually FLACs don't exist.

I buy a lot of CDs, and am a fan of half-price music/book stores, consignment stores, and even Goodwill to find some of my older stuff (5-35 years old). I don't use a music service like Rhapsody or Spotify, but I do buy some music from sites like:
http://magnatune.com/
http://www.musiczeit.com/

I first started my collection of music using usenet and torrenting, but I no longer do that. I do use SickBeard to maintain my TV Show collection. Movies is ripping blu-rays.

I use other tools such as Bliss to manage album artwork (I like all my album art over 300x300 pixels and embedded) and I use Headphones to have an overview of what albums I am missing from an artist (since it uses MusicBrainz to get artist/album information.

Hope this is somewhat helpful.
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Tycoon,yes very helpful.In the not so long ago past I reasoned that anything from the past that I wanted to watch or listen too I could easily find on one of the services I subscribe to.Sadly this is not the case anymore.More and more older DVD's and CD's are simply not available or the time to recieve them is extended.I say the day is upon us now (and now for sure) that if you wish to get your personal recording of something from the past you had better be on the prowl for it now.Then if you do get it, treat your purchase like a "master" and after putting it to storage save the master in a safe place.No more depending on the easy supply of older music or video,those days are passing us by.+rep tycoon
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