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Audials One Review And Giveaway [Ghacks Christmas Giveaway]

The majority of computer users have music on their computer, usually in the form of mp3s that they ripped from their own CDs, purchased online or downloaded from the Internet. There are several options available to download music from the Internet, from using free resources like Jamendo to free offers and P2P networks.

Recording music straight from Internet radio stations has never gotten the attention it deserves, as it offers an easy and convenient way of adding music to a collection.

Audials One is not only about music and recording Internet radio but it is a large part of the application. It offers a lot more than that, including unique features that make it a lot easier to find that one song that you have been wanting to have in your collection. How does Internet media recording, audio and video conversions and music collection organization sound?

Audials One Review

audials one

Audials One will scan the selected folder for music if the selection has been made during installation. The music is added to the database of the program so that it can be managed in the Organizer. Music is also listed on the right side of the interface with the ability to play and browse it directly there.

The two panes can be detached from each other, so that only the music player remains visible on the screen. That's handy during recordings of music as the recordings are automatic and require no user interaction.

All recorded songs are automatically added to the playlist of the most recent songs with options to play, cut or remove files. Even better, Audials One automatically adds mp3 tags and cover art to the music if available.

The Radio tab is the default selection on startup. This screen can be used to record multiple radio stations at once. Radio stations can be selected by genre, e.g. Rock > Metal, Top 40 Charts or from one of the favorites lists that can be created by the user of the application.

The easiest way to download new music is to select a genre at the top, make a selection of the radio stations that should be recorded simultaneously (default 16) and start the recording by clicking on Start recording. A quick no-limits test on a 50 Mbit Internet connection allowed the recording of music from more than 80 stations simultaneously.

Audials One will automatically pull a list of radio stations from its database and start the recording of those stations. It is possible to switch to a bandwidth limit instead which is easier to handle for most users. Users on slow Internet connections may need to reduce the number of simultaneous recordings to avoid corrupt files.

Jobs can be created to record a certain number of tracks based on songs, data downloaded, total duration of songs or time of the day.

There is also an option to automatically convert music into mp3 format if the radio station streams it in a different format.

radio station recording

Lastly, it is possible to configure filters in the options. Filters range from preventing the saving of incomplete songs on the computer (or defining how much at the end and beginning may be missing), filtering radio station jingles, duplicates that are already in the database (unless they are of higher quality) and a so called hatelist that can be used to block specific artists or tracks so that they never get recorded.

audials one filters

Users who configure favorites have a far better option to customize the recording. It is possible to create multiple favorites, for instance for different genres. Favorites can be added and configured in the Manage Stations window. The very same window offers to manage all radio stations in the database, and offers an option to update the station listing and add stations manually to the application.

manage radio stations

The station manager offers several filtering options. Stations can furthermore be sorted by various parameters including country, format or bitrate.

A right-click on a station displays options to record that radio station immediately, add it to the ban list, schedule recordings for that radio station, and to add it to the currently selected favorites. A link to the stations website is provided as well if available.

Audials One comes with a search that offers the user an option to find a specific song on radios or websites. The search is partly powered by plugins with the option to add new ones manually. The program links to a user forum of Audials One where users post their plugins.

The converter will automatically convert selected songs into mp3 format, or another one of the available formats (like aac). Users may need to switch the conversion options from the default mp3 wmv to all to mp3, otherwise they end up with a video track if the source is video.

The search is an excellent option to find and download specific music from the Internet.

Another interesting related option is the ability to create wishlists which can then be fulfilled in the program. Fulfilled means that Audials One will search for the selected songs and download them if found. It is basically a batch version of the search feature with additional community features (e.g. to upload the wishlist).

Audials One supports podcasts and users can add podcast subscriptions to the application. A large selection of podcasts is available in the podcast directory. Users can pick a language, select if they want audio, video or audio and video podcasts. A right-click on a podcasts offers to subscribe, or auto subscribe to podcasts. The latter option starts the recording right away.

podcasts

That's still not everything offered by the program. The converter is used to convert files to the right format. One interesting option here is the ability to convert audio and video files from media as well. Audials One uses records the DVD while it is playing on the screen. Some countries have laws that prevent users from circumventing copy protections. This way the recording stays legal in those countries. The same is true for audiobooks, the second available option. Audials One can furthermore scan for files with DRM (digital rights management) and record them so that they become available without DRM.

dvd audiobook drm converter

It is naturally also possible to convert selected files that are stored on the local computer system.

Audials One offers two additional modules. The first is the capture module which can be used to record Internet media, the screen or sound.

The music organizer displays the current music collection. It offers options to search, reorganize and tag music. It is furthermore possible to sync music with another device easily.

music collection

Users should pay a visit to the program's options. They find highly configurable settings here. Important are for instance the audio quality settings for recordings, the output folders and network settings.

audials one options

Audials One Installation

The installation of the software is straightforward. It is possible to install it on a hard drive or on an USB storage device. Users will also see a prompt with an option to integrate the existing music collection into the application. That can be done during installation, or later on in the program as well. The import may take some time depending on the size of the local music collection. The actual scan of the selected folder is started on the first run if the integration option is activated during installation.

Verdict

Downloading music, lots of music, was never that easy. I have seen a lot of programs in the past that made it possible to download music from the Internet but not one was as sophisticated as Audials One. The ability to search for music, the automatic conversions, plugin system, creation of different favorite groups and the customization surrounding the recording of multiple Internet stations at once is superb. The software is ideal for users who want to grow their music collection, and for collectors who have a hard time finding music that they have been looking for a long time.

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Comments

  1. relly said on December 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm
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    well, i’ve got a small collection of my fav. sounds and music, sure i can add more if i’ll get a chance to win one key of this giveaway, i find it really good as describe… hope to win one thanks alot…..

  2. mickay said on December 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm
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    I would say my music collection is 20GB big, something lije 5000+ songs.

  3. jovellore said on December 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm
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    would luv it. mine is about 6000 songs mostly 8o’s

  4. amon said on December 2, 2010 at 12:49 pm
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    Nice! I’ve like 1500 songs, not big at all but would like love to win a license for Audials.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Paul(us) said on December 2, 2010 at 12:56 pm
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    300 cd’s.

  6. Rob Perkins said on December 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm
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    Only 76GB but that makes 12717 tracks and would take me 36.1 solid days of listening to get thought it all. Sadly my ipod died so I only have a 16 GB Iphone left and there for have to be selective as to what I listen to.

  7. Ian said on December 2, 2010 at 1:03 pm
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    Not big enough … though i’m sure with this it would soon balloon!

  8. Thomas said on December 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm
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    I think between 50-70GB, all collected DJ-Sets since about 10 years. This year I started recording with RadioSure, TapinRadio, Streamwriter and so on. This program will fit into my collection. Let’s see.

    Thanks for sharing and good luck to all participants.

  9. Bart Degryse said on December 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm
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    Some 20000 songs. All are legal except for some 20 which are so rare I couldn’t find them legally (LP, CD, …)
    About half of the collection is Blues with half of them from CD’s which I bought and got authographed during concerts.

    1. Bart Degryse said on December 3, 2010 at 11:26 am
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      YES! I’ve won a license. Thanks Ghacks. Being a bit short on available time right now it’s gonna be christmas holiday before I install it. But I’ll keep you posted on my experiences.

  10. jSwann said on December 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm
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    Just 5.5GB – 1700 MP3s, but a lot of music on CDs, and thanks very much Martin for your fantastic work (forgive my bad english – I’m french guy (from Montreal)).

  11. tinwheeler said on December 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm
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    What’s that? Oh! I know you wouldn’t believe I have 290GB of music. Well, okay, I actually only have 290GB of music. Favorites? Likey old time radio, folk & heavy on the blues.

  12. hmondy said on December 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm
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    About 1 GB (600 songs) currently.

  13. AlisdairC said on December 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm
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    A disk-hogging 600GB. Quite a lot of dupes in there (and way too many lacking proper tags). Let’s say effectively 400GB.

  14. David Macdonald Ajang said on December 2, 2010 at 2:52 pm
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    1037 mp3 songs or approximately 4GB. Looks like I got smallest collection among the people above.

  15. Barry said on December 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm
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    In terms of time, if I started playing the music on my computer now, it would continue for 2 days 8 hrs. 8-)

    Thanks for the giveaway

  16. kiloi said on December 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm
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    yes my music collection is in my pc (17.3Giga)

  17. Sudip said on December 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm
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    My Music Collection is some 80GB large consisting of some 18000+ songs. BTW the review is well constructed. Lets hope I win one.

  18. gigl said on December 2, 2010 at 3:52 pm
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    I have ca. 6 GB constantly on my computer.

  19. Roland said on December 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm
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    I have about 2500 songs on my computer!

  20. BadLuckLuke said on December 2, 2010 at 3:56 pm
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    As a musician myself, i ‘d say 50 giga of pure rock music, ain’t THAT much enough!!! Hope to win that giveaway, thank you Ghacks…

  21. qwer0 said on December 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm
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    It’s about 10GB

  22. Don said on December 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm
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    I have a relativelt small collection of songs, roughly 10 GB. I plan on increasing that soon. This program would really help me with that.

    Thanks for the chance to win this great software.

  23. Linu George said on December 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm
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    Hi my music collection is more than 70GB. thanks for the giveaway and all the best….thanks.

  24. Charlie Price said on December 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm
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    I have about 500GB of music.

  25. Anupam said on December 2, 2010 at 6:02 pm
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    Count me in…And of course i have 50GB of video songs and 15GB of audio songs..:)

  26. Timbuctoo said on December 2, 2010 at 6:17 pm
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    I have about 60 GB of music. Did I win? :-D

  27. ck said on December 2, 2010 at 6:24 pm
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    Approximately 10 GB

  28. k19s said on December 2, 2010 at 7:07 pm
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    Hi, I have just over 2670 song which are on my computer and around 140 music CDs.
    Hope I win one
    Thanks

  29. kiko said on December 2, 2010 at 7:22 pm
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    thanks for this giveaway :)
    my music collection is around 16GB.
    hope to win the key :)

  30. Lawwe said on December 2, 2010 at 7:23 pm
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    Ich habe 200 Musik CD und 900 mp3

  31. TRY said on December 2, 2010 at 7:27 pm
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    Hi Martin,

    I have a humble collection of 36.3 GB combined collected of video and audio collection. :)
    Thank you for the giveaway.

    Regards

  32. Rick said on December 2, 2010 at 7:39 pm
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    18GB

  33. SS said on December 2, 2010 at 7:40 pm
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    I have at least more than 1000 pop,classical music on my system.
    Please count me in.

  34. HNicolai said on December 2, 2010 at 8:01 pm
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    My music collection is ~40 GB, but thats mostly because I have lots of lossless music (FLAC) :-)

  35. Pilier said on December 2, 2010 at 8:17 pm
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    Hi,
    10Gb of music.
    Thanks !

  36. Kao V said on December 2, 2010 at 8:53 pm
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    lovely. I want to win!

  37. Matthias said on December 2, 2010 at 9:12 pm
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    ca 100GB
    I hope to win a license

  38. coldata said on December 2, 2010 at 9:37 pm
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    About 80GB of music (~6000 songs).

  39. George Watson said on December 2, 2010 at 9:51 pm
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    I’m a fan of older music and it sure is hard to get legally without getting costly. Would sure love this software. I’ve got a small collection started

  40. Jim Carter said on December 2, 2010 at 10:06 pm
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    I currently have 6583 mp3 files in my music collection.

  41. paf said on December 3, 2010 at 12:45 am
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    Hi, thank you very much for this opportunity. I have more or less 900 songs on my computer (+ – 4 GB), and a lot more on one external drive. It would be great to win a license. Thanks in advance. Cheers.

  42. jelson said on December 3, 2010 at 12:49 am
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    I have almost 3 GB. :(

    A license for AudialsOne would rock.

  43. Norman said on December 3, 2010 at 3:59 am
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    Hi about 15 GB on this computer, this sounds great, would love a free copy

  44. Lee Garber said on December 3, 2010 at 4:13 am
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    Thanks for setting up the giveaway – my music collection is about 30GB at a guess – but I would love to be able to listen to spunout radio stations using this software – please count me in the draw.

  45. DaveV said on December 3, 2010 at 4:17 am
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    While I only (currently) have 6.5GB of music on my computer, I’ve found that RadioTracker 6 has been a great help in finding new music. Having the full Audials One package would be great!

  46. Boffin said on December 3, 2010 at 4:21 am
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    Just a shade over 1100

  47. hlm said on December 3, 2010 at 7:00 am
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    Around 5 to 6 GB only. Anyway hope can win this giveaway. Thanks

  48. john d said on December 3, 2010 at 7:44 am
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    Hi

    How big is your music collection on your computer?
    I have some 69Gb of music collection on my computer. Rest is being burnt on DVDs and CDs.

    please count me in.

    john d

  49. Grr said on December 3, 2010 at 7:54 am
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    Hi Martin,
    Thanks for this giveaway opportunity.

    In total on my laptop and 2 external HDDs (1x1Tb and 1x3Tb), I have 369Gb of music files. This is the data as of now. And this includes all genre of music.

    Please count me in this giveaway.

    Thanks,
    Grr

  50. GT said on December 3, 2010 at 8:24 am
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    hello,
    thanking you for the givingaway.
    I have approximately 100Gb size of my music collection.

    Please count me in this giveaway of Audials One Review And Giveaway [Ghacks Christmas Giveaway].

    Regards,
    Mr. G.T.

  51. Prasanth Chandra said on December 3, 2010 at 8:33 am
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    Its Huge.. I got 150 GB of music Collection.. This software will help me get some more..

    Count me in for the contest..

  52. Freddo said on December 3, 2010 at 9:17 am
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    Sound like a great program. I would love a copy. My music collections is 35.4Gb

    Freddo

  53. thetechmonkey said on December 3, 2010 at 9:37 am
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    Only about 15GB at the moment. Audials One looks like quite a useful program with all it’s features.

  54. Corno said on December 3, 2010 at 9:46 am
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    Audials One has been around for some time now and it simply rocks.

  55. billys said on December 3, 2010 at 10:20 am
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    2.7 Gb…..400 mp3’s….

  56. vhick said on December 3, 2010 at 10:26 am
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    I have almost 1TB full of song and counting…

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. malkhaz said on December 3, 2010 at 10:29 am
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    exciting, thahk you. Hope to win

  58. Garth said on December 3, 2010 at 10:29 am
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    Do you know how many OST has been produced throughout anime history? Even my 100 GB harddisk won’t be enough to keep them all. But Audials One can help organizing them. So, please count me in!

  59. Norman said on December 3, 2010 at 10:49 am
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    Hey I posted earlier but it is gone. I have about 15gb music and would love to have this. Thanks, Norman

  60. Martin said on December 3, 2010 at 11:09 am
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    The winners have been notified, you can see the list over at the forum.

    https://www.ghacks.net/forum/news/ghacks-christmas-giveaway-winners-1074/

  61. ha14 said on December 3, 2010 at 11:32 am
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    After cleaning duplicates I arrived to 12.7 go of music albums. Thanks for the contest.

  62. PKPoh said on December 3, 2010 at 12:58 pm
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    I have 28GB of music in my PC.
    Please count me in. Thanks a lot.

  63. Abhishek Nair said on December 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm
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    My music collection is more than 20 GB. Its around 25 days of music. This toll will be helpful. Thanks,

  64. Doc said on December 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm
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    I’ve 35 GB of music files, for a total of about 5500 songs.

  65. Vladimir said on December 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm
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    I need this program for my music collection – 260GB of music.

  66. Matias said on December 3, 2010 at 9:58 pm
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    I have a couple of GBs in some DVDs…

  67. Jamie Nelson said on December 5, 2010 at 12:18 pm
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    16389 files. 289GB

  68. Peter Reading said on December 5, 2010 at 7:31 pm
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    My digital music collection is a small 15gb, were I to win this licence key it’d expand hugely.

  69. tom terrific said on December 6, 2010 at 1:19 am
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    have 90Gb of mp3’s and video music thanks … tom

  70. Cory said on December 7, 2010 at 2:37 am
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    My collection is about 60GB, and it’s cumbersome to manage by current methods.

  71. Lee L said on December 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm
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    This looks like wonderful software! My music collection is around 350 songs; but I want more…

  72. sal said on December 7, 2010 at 9:17 pm
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    I have about 50 songs of music

  73. Mirko B. said on December 8, 2010 at 7:01 pm
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    My music collection grows and grows.
    At the moment it’s about 10 GB.
    … and with Audials One it would become bigger even faster :-)

  74. smaragdus said on December 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm
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    About 200 GB Audio (generally lossless)

  75. e1scd said on December 11, 2010 at 4:40 pm
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    About 20GB, most at VBR converted from old CDs an LPs

  76. Robert Palmar said on December 12, 2010 at 9:02 pm
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    140 GB, mostly space hogging lossless CD rips.

  77. Dug Stewart said on December 14, 2010 at 5:00 am
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    My music collection on PC is at 15.33 GB but I have yet to rip all my CDs and convert a large collection of Classic LPs. It’s a lot easier to go forward than back in tech and time!

    Audials One seems like a reasonable and fairly affordable way to do both particularly if I win it!

    Thanks for the review and the chance! All the best of the season to all!

  78. richard said on December 17, 2010 at 1:05 am
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    Very small. I usually get them burned pretty quickly. My hard drive is only 160gigs

  79. Andrea said on February 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm
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    6 GB, much of this from ripping CDs that I’ve acquired over the years. Just started purchasing online music in last couple years. A happy user of devices by Creative.com, NOT IPOD.

  80. Ron said on December 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm
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    Not too big but not too small :)

  81. Suetonius said on December 5, 2011 at 1:40 am
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    My Music Collection is very small about 1000 songs. Please count me in your contest to enlarge it. Thanks and regards

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