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post #5 of (permalink) Old 8th December 2005
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I know it's not much help, but for donkey's years I've been 'backing up' my original CDs to CD-R and only using the copies, both around the home and in the car.

Mine's a company car, and the only way to get the insurance premiums down to anything like sensible is for the idea of contents cover to go out of the window. So the vehicle is insured, but anything inside it gets to take its chances. If I end up having original CDs stolen, I get to replace them out of my own pocket.

But the other bonuses are:
1) You always know where your original CDs are (I keep them in a box upstairs)
2) If discs get lost, scratched or damaged, you just run off another copy
3) The silly 'copy protected' ones will actually play in the Clio's stereo - well the copies will anyway (so much for the protection eh?)
4) If your CD player ever jams up with discs inside it, it's no big deal if you can't get them out.

Blank CD media costs buttons these days. It's a bit of a task trying to copy your whole collection if you have a few hundred discs, but you can start by just doing the ones you listen to most often.
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