I own hundreds of original music CDs. I purchased them all at major retail stores.
I want to listen to them when I workout. But hundreds of music CDs will not fit in my pocket.
I've looked into "ripping" them into MP3, OGG, or FLAC files, but the process is incredibly tedious and takes a very long time. Doing this for my entire collection of CDs will take weeks of my time. Such intensive use of my CD drive may also burn it up.
I want the audio quality to match the quality of my CDs.
Is there a LEGAL way in the USA to accomplish my goal of making my CD collection portable?
I would like this to be free (I already paid for the CDs), but I am willing to spend $50 if necessary. I am not interested in services requiring a monthly or annual fee unless it is nominal (under $10 per year). I am also willing to discard, recycle, or send to the publishers all my original CDs if that is required by law.