Following on with this discussion, as the replacement mechanism for my CD5 is becoming rarer would a move to say a Unitiserve or core give a better chance of longevity? Also how would sound quality compare?
Forget the idea of Unitiserve. It uses Windows XP embedded which is not supported by Microsoft anymore. It’s fine if you already have one, but if you want to get into local streaming then they are much better ways to do it (the best if the main options being a UnitiCore or a NAS running upnp software).
Copyright breach, you can only make a copy of music you own. Or something, I’m not an expert, but suspect that’s the implication. I do not mean to belittle the issue either, paying artists fairly is in all our interests
Nothing happens. But legally speaking you have a recording you haven’t paid for, which is unlawful. But nothing happens. It will go on working. It’s just an ethical issue.
Personally I have a rule that if I rip something to my Core and listen to it more than once or twice, then I delete it or buy a copy which may not even get unsealed but the artist gets their share, whatever that is. So my ethical concerns are assuaged.
I usually (ie 99% of the time) am using my own purchased CDs. I can’t remember the last time someone lent me a CD, tbh - but if I like it, I’ll buy a copy irrespective of if I want to rip it. And if I don’t particularly like it, ripping doesn’t arise!