Problem: I have a ton of music, but it's hard for me to get to listen to any. That is because: a)I have thousands of CDs, and I'm overwhelmed by the difficulty of storing them all in an accessible way. I have CD shelfs - but with that many CDs, I get cricks in my neck looking at the spines for long trying to pick a CD. And space limitations cause some shelfs to be too high or too low for easy access and CDs on those shelfs suffer from neglect. b)Other storage solutions don't work - I've tried binders, but with that many CDs, I have too many binders and flipping pages upon pages from one binder after another gets old fast. c)Returning CDs to their proper place after listening to, say, 20 of them, is a chore - having to hunt for "their" place one at a time - either on shelfs or binders. d)CDs are just not sturdy enough - and with repeated pulling out of CDs, putting them back in and handling them, they slowly accumulate scratches etc. My Solution: put all my CDs onto hard drives and listen to them on my stereo. I have a bunch of 3.5" HDD, from 300GB-500GB, in external enclosures with FW/USB. I intend to hook up the hard drives one at a time, (or daisy-chain them through FW) to a computer dedicated exclusively to music. And the computer would hook up to my stereo. I have already tried out the proof of concept in principle, but there are some missing pieces with which I need help. I hooked up my old Dell Inspiron 1100 to the stereo, and a HDD to the Inspiron, and I can get music to play from the HDD through the Inspiron and come out from the stereo. So far so good. Now for the issues: the media player jukebox on my Dell cannot play files from the external HDD. I can only get the files to play through QT, one at a time - obviously no good. The media player jukebox gives me the message that it "encountered an unknown error" - not very helpful. Questions: 1)Should I stay with the Dell Inspiron 1100 as my dedicated "music server" (i.e. it would do NOTHING else, but serve as a music box), or go for another dedicated computer that I would have to buy. The advantage is that I already have the Inspiron and I'd rather not spend the $ on something else, but if I would be better off with another comp, then I'd look at that. And if I were to buy something else, then should it be a mac or a windows pc? Important point - the space around my stereo is very limited, and I don't want a tower - so only a windows notebook or a mac mini would work for me. If I were to get a mini, I'd use a kvm switch to control it from my computer monitor+keyboard. 2)How should I rip my CDs to the hard drives? Important issue - I cannot listen to lossy music files. That throws out mp3s etc. as formats. That leaves me with apple lossles, aiff etc. So what can I use to rip the cds given this limitation - iTunes (there's also iTunes for windows, right)? 3)I'd like to be able to see the music by albums, by artist and the tracks from every album should be associated with the album. I would also like to be able to play tracks in a specified order. So, how can I do this and what is the best app to do this - a jukebox solution that will work with my external drives. P.S. iPods are out for a number of reasons that are obvious, and there's no need to mention them further. So, clever and inventive posters - help me make this work, so 2008 is a year of non-stop music listening for OldCorpse and his poor neighbors! TIA! Sorry for the length of this.