[Flac-dev] CD Baby using FLAC to archive 40,000 CDs

Curt Sampson cjs at cynic.net
Wed Jun 25 02:54:41 PDT 2003

On Tue, 24 Jun 2003, Derek at CD Baby wrote:

> > But I'd be interested to know what sort of hardware you're using
> Just el-cheapo FreeBSD beige boxes with Lite-On CD-Rom drives.
> They've got the fastest audio ripping I've ever found (24x or so).

Actually, I was more interested in how you set up the disk array. The
biggest one I'd set up was a while back, when 60 GB drives were at the
best price point, and I created a 420 GB array of 8 60 GB drives on an
Escalade 7850 controller (in a 4U rackmount case). Now, with 250 GB
drives available, and a 12-port version of that controller, I'd suppose
it easy enough to create a 2.5 TB array if you could find an appropriate
case and power supply, but you seem to have gone quite a bit further
than that. Or are you splitting your storage across separate machines?

> But definitely doing them as individual songs. Not as a whole CD.
> We need the separate songs for working with services like iTunes +
> Rhapsody.

Um...there's no reason you can't extract individual songs from a flac
file based on the TOC in it, if someone would just write a little
utility to do so. (I may end up doing it one day if nobody else does.)
And then you won't lose the stuff in the pregap on live CDs, and it also
makes the storage and naming easier to deal with.

Curt Sampson  <cjs at cynic.net>   +81 90 7737 2974   http://www.netbsd.org
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