Thanks everyone for some educational posts. I have 500+ CDs, and am very busy. So I've been waiting and waiting for a good way to get the CDs ripped onto my computer, and then to an iPod Touch. I cannot conceive of sitting and ripping them myself one by one. So I need an automated solution. I don't like the idea of using a service that puts them on an iPOD but then you lose the material with a syncing mistake or if you upgrade. Now, I think it is very likely Apple, the music artists, the music companies and just about everyone in business does NOT want people to widely rip their CD collection to the iPOD. Why? Because they want you to store or throw away the CDs and buy the music from the store. Easier for you, and lucrative for them. A win win solution, but still takes a lot of time, time I don't have. So the choices are: 1) Hire a teenager to rip them laboriously, one by one, on a fast computer. They sync to the ipod. Cost $12/hr x .2 hr/CD x 500 CDs = $1200 bucks 2) Set aside the CDs and buy the music a second time thru the mac store. cost = 500 CDs x 10 songs x 50 cents to $1.00/song = $2500 to $5000 3) Use loadpod type service, but risk losing everything if you make a mistake or upgrade your player. Cost = 500 CDs x $1.3 = $650. 4) Find an automated solution. Does anyone know if you can load a multi CD player, then have the player and computer hooked up together, and play/rip the CDs sequentially until finished? Say 100 or 200 CDs a time? Cost = cost of automated player + some teenage labor = $600 + 200 = $800. Thanks!!