Found a useful feature of PerfectTUNES which goes through all my music library and checks against the AccurateRip database. Haven't used dBpoweramp for that long so it's useful to check what iTunes did with no error checking: found around 40 albums with issues. Re-did most of them so they are good. But 10 have issues, and I know they weren't created with pseudo-vinyl static/crackles or jumps. Listening to these to see if they are audible issues on a CD player, Hot Rocks isn't.
My advice on keeping CDs healthy: don't leave them in cars for ages cos most of these I remember doing long stints in the 90s.
Getting six replacements, even though I was told we can stream them. It's not the same
All my CDs are ripped. Did it a few times over the years, last time was from 320kbps AAC to ALAC. This was mostly before I got dBpoweramp so I could run multiple optical drives. So that meant most CDs were ripped with iTunes with no error correction (or whatever it called it) and I didn't always go back and listen... it's not all my music
The PerfectTUNES feature can go back over my files and check them against the database, like dBpoweramp does when ripping.
The CDs I have issues with are mostly from early/mid 90s and a couple from late 90s. All bought new in the 90s. Got my first separates Hi-Fi in 1992.
All my CD, Cassettes and Vinyl have been ripped to flac files, but I've still kept the physical versions.
I hadn't heard of PerfectTUNES before, but will give that a try, not sure how long it'll take to test thousands of albums though.
It’s for CDs and 16,000 files took many hours. Probably best to set your library folders to just the lossless files: I keep duplicate versions at 320kbps (for mobile devices) and 128kbps (to be sure streaming apps don’t forget to transcode), but these can be recreated from ALAC.
ALAC cos I’m using Apple stuff; would’ve used FLAC if Windows or Linux.