Two things I am very enamored with right now: SecondSpin and CDDB. Yes, both have been around for a long time, but I just got some CDs I ordered and am happily listening to them on my computer while at work.
For those of you not in the know, SecondSpin is the largest (according to their Web site) buyer and seller of used CDs, videos and DVDs. Because CDs are so resilient, it really doesn’t reduce the quality of the product when you buy it used. Sure, the jewel case might be a little worn or scratched and the liner notes may be a little wrinkled, but hey, they’d get that way after a few months of use anyway and paying half or even less than half of the new price is worth it. It’s especially great for:
- CDs or DVDs that you want, but are not willing to pay full price for. Case in point: my newly procured copy of Center Stage.
- Older CDs or DVDs that you want to get either just to have or to fill out your collection. Case in point: my newly procured copies of old Erasure albums that I was missing.
The other magical thing I am enamored with is CDDB. It’s very convenient to pop your CD into your computer (or stereo system that has CDDB recognition) and have album art, album information, and track titles all show up in your player. It’s also very convenient when creating compilation CDs or mp3s– no need to rename files or put in your own ID3 tags.