Primera Rent and Rip

Primera Rent and Rip

Cool Yule Rating: 4.5 stars

Price: $299 per week

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Description: Primera has come up with a good way for it to rent out its CD/DVD duplicator devices – target people who have hundreds, if not thousands, of audio CDs that they'd like to get digitized, but who don't have the time to sit at a PC and do it themselves. For the most part, digitizing audio CDs is a very time-consuming endeavor. Open a drive, put a CD in, click "burn" and then wait until the program (usually iTunes) is done with the disc. Rinse and repeat.

The Primera solution adds a Bravo duplicator, which has the ability to automatically digitize up to 20 audio discs and insert the files directly into iTunes for you. All you need to do is take a stack of 20 audio CDs, press a button, and then about 30-40 minutes later, return and start over. The process is basically the same as the manual, one-to-one method, but you're not sitting at your computer waiting for one CD to get done, you can walk away and do other things while the Bravo duplicator and the PTRip software does all the heavy lifting.

The coolest part? After you're done with the duplicator, just send it back to Primera. The $299 weekly fee may seem a bit steep, but if you have thousands of audio CDs it could be worth it just in the man-hours that you'll save. Plus, the weekly fee provides an incentive for you to get the job done quickly.

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