I’ve just finished ripping every CD I own (with the exception of a few that the drive didn’t like, and some comps I don’t like enough to type in all the song titles.) The total is 5,604 songs, or a little over 18 gigabytes.
On the one hand, it’s quite interesting to have my entire music collection in one place. But it’s also a bit sad — that pile of CDs represented many trips to record stores in many cities, and many hours scanning used and sale racks looking for something of interest to be had for $3.99. (Look at the shelves above and below eye level for the best deals!) Now all that labor is in a form that can be copied to an .mp3 player in a few minutes. For that matter, somebody better at filesharing than me could probably reproduce almost the whole library in one night without getting dressed and leaving the house.