Think of this as a place to share you're ripping/encoding woes. A place of sanctuary to visit and let off steam when the sight of the remaining 500 CDs you've still got to rip drives you to the brink of despair. This is a non-partisan thread - whatever DAP you own, you'll find that those of us with enormous CD collections are all in the same boat. This is where we can have a sense of community and encourage each other to keep going. It'll all be worth it in the end. So let me start. I own about 800-900 CDs. Over the past two years, I've ripped and re-ripped my entire collection twice: once in WMA, once in MP3. Now that I own a Sony, I'm re-ripping for a third time - in ATRAC3Plus. And it's taking an inordinate length of time! So far, I'm still shy of 4000 tracks (that's about 285 CDs, in case you're wondering). I dread to think of how many hours I've spent on this already, but now that I've started ripping gaplessly, I can't stop. I may need therapy by the end of it all! Anyone else care to share their experiences?