I'm a pretty high-tech guy at work, but more or less a luddite at home. Or at least a late adopter. So here's my question to the forons:
Over the years I've acquired a huge collection of classical music on CDs -- probably close to 400 disks. A lot of it is hard-to-find stuff, out of print, disks that they only released about a dozen copies of, and some recordings that were never published at all.
If anything happened to that collection, there's no way I could rebuild it. That's one concern. Another is that I travel a lot, and would like to be able to bring more than a couple of CDs along when traveling.
I don't have an MP3 player. I've thought about copying at least part of the collection to my laptop, and/or a USB drive. That would be a huge amount of work [by my reckoning, since I'd rather not use any lossy format, the whole library would be about 250 GB] but I suppose I could start with just the best 25% or whatever.
Of course, if I did that, I'd end up with hundreds or thousands of files listed as "Unknown Artist, Unknown Album, Track 1" or whatever, right? My impression is that the software used by most MP3 players and digital music libraries isn't really designed to work with classical music, where the information hierarchy is more like "Composer, piece, movement" with the performers, conductor, year, etc. also helping identify a particular recording.
So ... I'd like to have a "backup copy" of my CD library. I'd also like to be able to carry it around with me on my laptop, an MP3 player, or whatever. But copying it all off disks would be a huge amount of work, I'd have to manually enter a lot of metadata in whatever system is archiving it, that system probably isn't really set up for working with the classical music genre ... and I don't want to start down this road and then discover that there's a better way.
Thoughts, advice, suggestions?