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RIP your CD collection!


You have a large CD collection. You love your CDs. However, the times they are-a-changing and you want to browse your collection, while also having the option of modern streaming services such as Tidal.


Roon to the rescue!

Roon, the music database and playback software extaordinaire has recently announced support for ripping and storing CDs. We've talked about Roon and its abilities before, but to give you a quick refresher:


In the transition from physical to digital media, something has been lost. We have more convenience than ever, but no feeling of excitement or engagement.


Roon looks at your music and finds photos, bios, reviews, lyrics, and concert dates, and makes connections between artists, composers, performers, conductors, and producers.

What you get is a searchable, surfable magazine about your music.

Music lovers have content from many sources, often acquired over years of collecting. Roon identifies your music, then enhances it with the latest metadata.

And this isn't just for your local files, it works for content from TIDAL too!


Music lovers have all kinds of audio equipment for different kinds of listening. Roon detects these devices and streams the optimal audio resolution to each.

Enjoy your music instead of managing your audio equipment.



How do I rip my CDs to Roon?

First of all, you need to make sure you are running Roon OS and not just Roon (as an app) on top of Windows or MacOS. This can be achieved with Roon's Nucleus, Nucleus+ or an intel NUC. You will also need to have a Roon license.


Once this is done, make sure you are running the latest version of Roon; build 175 (or higher). To do this, access your Roon OS device via its IP address. Then click 'Reinstall Roon OS'.



Once you are up to date, you should see a new option on the configuration page showing off the CD ripping feature.

Plug in a USB CD drive, such as Astell & Kern's CD ripper or any other USB or SATA CD drive and start ripping!


Apple's USB based disc readers only work under MacOS and will not work with RoonOS.
At the time of writing this, Roon can only rip CDs to internal storage. If you are using RoonOS in conjunction with a NAS or other network attached storage, Roon will not be able to store the CD.



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