Great_Gig, understood about loving music but look at a comment I made in the blog, most people do not listen to 75% or more of an album. I am willing to bet that you would find a lot of your own collection you do not really care about hearing. Again however that is cool, I keep my entire CD collection on an external HD if I want it for my PC. Have not actually touched that HD in about 6 months. As above, why does this need to be on your main HD and active all the time when it streams over a USB drive just fine?
Ah, lots of assumptions there Ed, which without you knowing me or what I do is understandable.
I never ever listen to just certain songs and I don't ever do 'shuffle' play, I'm old school and sit and listen to entire albums from start to finish, I'm not 'most people'
My album collection is accessed remotely from a tablet PC which controls a dedicated custom built music server, which does nothing other than play music - its part of my audio system. Some would say its 'audiophile' but I'm not fond of that word. This has a 1.5TB HDD which is nothing but FLAC files and the O/S is on a 64GB SSD. The 1.5TB HDD in my desktop PC is the backup library and more often than not its asleep, as I sit on the sofa listening to music and surfing on the tablet. It has to be in my main PC as I buy around 3~4 CD's a week and rip them as soon as they arrive, then sync that drive to the music server. I listen to music about 50 ~ 60 hours a week and checking my Last.fm stats I have played 17,000 songs since April 26 this year, that's an average of 77 songs a day. I could not and would not ever
contemplate deleting a single music file I own, I am not your normal computer user who listens to music as well, music is my life, either listening, researching, buying or going to gigs, of which I do around 70 a year - I have been passionate about music since I went to my first gig at 14, which was 40 years ago. I'm a music geek, as well as a computer geek you see.