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Thread: DBPA Playback

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    DBPA Playback

    I will be archiving 4000 CDs in the near future. Will I be able to listen to tracks with DBPA the same as Itunes?

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    Re: DBPA Playback

    Dbpa is a ripper and converter, not a server/player. Consider foobar2000 as server/player.

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    Re: DBPA Playback

    Here are a few key points on using dBpoweramp for archiving and listening to CDs compared to iTunes:

    dBpoweramp is an excellent tool for ripping and archiving CDs. It supports all major formats like MP3, FLAC, etc.
    The CD Ripper feature allows you to rip CDs with meta data lookup and automatically save tracks to your desired file format and folder structure.
    It has a built-in Music Converter tool that can batch convert between formats once ripped. This is useful for creating smaller MP3 copies of lossless FLAC archives for example.
    The dBpoweramp CD Reader can play back CDs directly like a virtual CD player. But it lacks the full playback features and library management of iTunes media player.

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    Re: DBPA Playback

    Quote Originally Posted by nerdyaks View Post
    The dBpoweramp CD Reader can play back CDs directly like a virtual CD player. But it lacks the full playback features and library management of iTunes media player.
    Agree, but note this playback is not intended to be a player for digital files. It can allow playback of a CD that you have inserted to rip. Maybe useful for checking songs if you don't want to rip entire CD. I've ripped 5,000 CDs and never used the "playback" option of the ripper.

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    Re: DBPA Playback

    Thanks for the info. Another question I have is this. Will my CDs that are burned copies have Metadata that is readable by either DBPA, Foobar, or maybe Media Monkey?

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    Re: DBPA Playback

    Quote Originally Posted by mickwoodlyn View Post
    Thanks for the info. Another question I have is this. Will my CDs that are burned copies have Metadata that is readable by either DBPA, Foobar, or maybe Media Monkey?
    yes, and many (most) other server/players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garym View Post
    yes, and many (most) other server/players.
    I may have misinterpreted your question. If you RIP CDs with dbpa and add metadata, this metadata will be associated with your files on virtually any server/player. But in rereading, you mention BURNING a copy. That means taking digital files with metadata and then creating (BURNING) these files to create a physical CD copy on, for example, a CD-R. In that case, these "burned" CDs typically do NOT have any metadata. Just like CDs don't actually have metadata. The metadata comes from online databases one accesses when RIPPING the CDs..

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    Re: DBPA Playback

    That makes sense. However, I will be ripping the burned CDs. Will online databases be able to find the metadata?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickwoodlyn View Post
    That makes sense. However, I will be ripping the burned CDs. Will online databases be able to find the metadata?
    yes. Usually. Just curious. Why rip CDs then reburn them and rip again?

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    Re: DBPA Playback

    Hi Gary,

    I think you are misreading him again, possibly. I think that he means that part of his collection is CDs that are burned copies of original CDs. Like he borrowed CDs from the library or a friend and made copies for his CD collection.

    And my answer is probably yes, if they were copied as "disc at once" copies, they may possibly not show up in the Accurate Rip database, but they probably will trigger responses from the metadata suppliers. If copied a track at a time skipping tracks he didn't want, then no.

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    Re: DBPA Playback

    @schmidj yes, that sounds more like what he is asking now that I think about it more.

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    Re: DBPA Playback

    Yes. That's what I meant. Thanks again for the help.

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