How To Save Your Vinyl Albums & Cassettes Onto Your Computer

How Much is Your Music Collection Worth? 

How To Save Your Vinyl Albums & Cassettes Onto Your Computer | You'll find this and other quick and easy life hacks and organization hacks at https://rnn10.wordpress.comAn even better question is, how much is it worth to you? I think that’s why people would rather part with their high school yearbooks than their music.  It’s special, intensely personal, truly the soundtrack to our lives.  That’s why you want to copy and archive your music the RIGHT way.  Ready to learn how?  The other day I walked into a store and wasn’t paying much attention to anything but finding the item I had stopped in for.  All of a sudden a song began to play on the store’s radio.  I hadn’t even heard what was playing before, but now, my entire mood changed.  It was “Hooked On A Feeling”, which will be forever known as the Dancing Baby song from “Ally McBeal”.  Not only did the music have my attention, but I immediately got a picture of that ridiculous dancing baby in my mind and had a huge smile on my face.  So did half of the people in the store. What is it about music that can bring you such immediate, overwhelming emotions?  It just transports you the place you were when you first heard it or always listened to that song.  And it’s not just the Ooogachucka of the dancing baby, but it’s so many songs, like the theme from the Dancing Waters show at Disneyland Hotel, where we went so many evenings when I was growing up in Orange County.
So the hard part about protecting the music that we’ve amassed over the years isn’t collecting it, it’s making sure that our soundtracks are there for us to listen to and enjoy for years to come.  Just think about the types of music that you probably have in your home right now.  You probably have MP3s that you’ve downloaded from iTunes or other sites for your iPod or MP3 player.  Then, there’s your collection of CDs that you did or did not get around to ripping onto your computer and turning into MP3s.  If you’re over 30, you probably have quite a few cassettes hanging around and you probably even have some vinyl albums or 8 tracks as well that are either yours or have been handed down to you by family members.
Except for the MP3s and, with a little work, the CDs, none of those things are exactly on speaking terms with your computer.  And if you’re like most people, the MP3s are probably all over your computer, in a bunch of different folders.  That doesn’t include the music you’ve downloaded to your phone or to your tablet that you haven’t gotten around to backing up onto your PC or Mac.   And chances are, you and your family members have spent quite a lot of money on those downloaded songs, those CDs, cassettes and whatever else you have your music on.
Losing them, whether physically in a fire or flood, or digitally on a crashed cellphone or computer, would be a nightmare.   People put so much money into their music collections, but very few ever think to back it up!
So let’s gather that music collection of yours and back it up.  Not only will you be able to find your songs when you want them, but you’ll finally be able to hear that amazing jazz solo you have on vinyl on your iPod!
Take Action! 
1. Here CDs, Here Cassettes.   Where Are You Albums?
Grab a pencil and paper and jot down the types of music you have that you want to secure and their current location.
Using the list you just compiled, locate and gather all of the CDs, cassettes and vinyl albums that you want to secure and set them aside for a moment.
2. What About The Music That’s Already Digital?
Do you have MP3 or other digital music files?
First grab your MP3 player, your cell phone, your iPad or tablets and make sure all of those music files are downloaded to your computer desktop now.
  • Create one new folder on your computer desktop and name it “Backup Music (dd/mm/yy)” with today’s date.
  • Locate all of the digital music on your hard drive that you want to keep safe.  Leave the original files where they are on your computer, but copy each one and place the copies in that new Backup folder.
3. Time To Deal With The Albums & CDs…
Although all of your music is important, some means more to you than others.  Take a few moments to look at your CDs, cassettes and vinyl albums, and separate them into two different piles.
  • In the first pile, place music that you’ll need to copy and save in a digital format, to keep them safe.
  • In the second pile, place music that you:
  • Already have in digital format and could easily find if the one you’re holding was harmed or destroyed.
  • Have numerous other copies of the music in other locations.  (be sure that this is actually so before you decide not to copy them)
  • Simply don’t care enough about to keep it disaster safe.
  • You can go ahead and put the music in the second pile away.
4. Convert Your CDs to MP3s
You can convert CDs right on your computer, using your computer’s music software.  For a PC, that would be Windows Media Player.  Just put the CD into your computer and the software will automatically pop up.  Follow the instructions to “rip” your CD.
When your songs are ripped, take your CD out and save the new MP3 files to the music folder on your computer.  We’ll back those up to keep them safe in a few minutes.  But don’t forget to add those new songs to your iPod or MP3 player!
5Convert Your Cassettes & Albums to MP3s
Here are a few easy ways we’ve found to convert your cassettes or albums to MP3s.
There are several vinyl album to MP3 recorders available including the Crosley Memory Master II 3-Speed Turntable with CD Player/Recorder .  The nice thing about that one is that it converts cassettes and vinyl to CD or to MP3s.  And if you only have cassettes to convert, there is the ION Tape Express
Once you’ve saved copies of your cassettes and vinyl albums, save them to the regular music folder on your computer, to your new backup folder and don’t forget to put your favorites on your smartphone or MP3 player.
And while you’re at it, how about helping mom, dad, grandma or grandpa preserve their old albums while you’re at it.  An MP3 player full of their favorite songs would make a GREAT gift!
6. Save Them To Your Computer
Download the new MP3 files to your computer desktop, placing them in a brand new folder.  When you’re finished, make one copy of that complete folder.  Place the original folder in with the other digital music files on your computer.  Then place the copy of the folder into the backup folder you created earlier.
If you don’t have access to a converter or don’t own a computer, then have a relative or friend convert them and store them for you.  And don’t forget to talk to your older relatives about archiving their music.  They might really appreciate having you put the music from their old vinyl, cassettes or CDs on an MP3 player that they can listen to.
7. And Then Archive The Back Up Copies
Where and how you decide to secure and store your own digital music files is up to you.  But here are a few ideas:
  • On a password-protected flash drive or portable hard drive, and take them with you during evacuation on a key ring or in your plastic evacuation bin.
  • On a password-protected flash drive or portable hard drive, in a safe deposit box or water/fireproof safe in your own city.
  • On a password-protected flash drive or portable hard drive, in a safe deposit box, water/fireproof safe, or with relatives in the city where you’ll be evacuating.
  • In a password-protected online file repository or on the file directory of your family’s personal web site.  This way you can retrieve them from any Internet-enabled computer.
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Did You Know That Your Home Movies Have An Expiration Date? 

How To Archive Your Home Movies and Videos | You'll find this and other quick and easy life hacks and organization hacks at https://rnn10.wordpress.comThose old graduation films, your wedding video, your baby’s first steps.  All of those old videos, whether video, beta, mini DV or Super 8 – have a shelf life and it’s not as long as you think.   Just ask Lisa LaPorta of HGTV’s “Designed To Sell”.  When we interviewed her for the next edition of our book, Get Your Stuff Together.  Ten minutes into the conversation she was telling me about the day she slid her beloved high school videos into the video player and they were absolutely gone.  Not just beige, or a little hard to hear, but completely and absolutely degraded to the point where those movies could no longer be watched.
How do you keep the same thing from happening to your movies and videos?  Glad you asked…
Before we start backing up your current movies and videos, here are a few tips on safeguarding all the videos you’ll be taking in the future.
Do you regularly take videos with your cellphone?  If you do, how often do you download them to your computer for printing or safekeeping?  Everyone should get into the habit of downloading their new pictures and videos every few days.  Dropbox is a great tool for this.  It’s a free application/web based file box that syncs up the photos and documents on your smartphone or tablet with your computer.   All you have to do is set up and download their app on your phone, tablet or iPod Touch.  Then save your new photos to your Dropbox folder and they’ll be waiting for you at home on your computer.   In fact most of the newer generation Wi-Fi video cameras, or cameras with an Eye-Fi smart memory card do the same thing.
The Truth About Videos…
Videos just aren’t like other keepsakes.  With photos, MP3s or even important documents, we can just throw them onto a computer or a portable hard drive and back them up or take them with us in an emergency.  The videos that we’ve taken the last five or ten years with a digital video camera are easy to archive.  But the videos that we treasure the most are usually on videocassettes or worse, 8mm film.  Try taking those with you in an evacuation!   If those one-of-a-kind family movies on video cassette are destroyed, they’re gone forever.

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And that’s not the only problem.  With JVC, Sony, Panasonic and other video cameras and smartphones as inexpensive and easy to use as they are today, chances are that you have more videos of you, your family and friends, and the special moments of your life than ever before.  But if you’re like most people, all of those videos are sitting on your computer, in a bunch of different places.  Or worse, you have 10 or 20 of them sitting on your video camera, just waiting to be accidentally overwritten.  Whether digital, on videocassette or film, all it takes is one fire, flood, fried hard drive, or hacked You Tube account and all of those memories are gone, along with a huge piece of your family’s history.
One other thing that you need to think about is the fact that videos and even film don’t last forever.  The latest statistic is that videos degrade in just eight or ten years.  And by degrade, I don’t mean that they get a little faded.  Videos lose their sound and can become garbled to the point that you can’t even watch them anymore.  Not what you want when you pop in that wedding video or the tape of your baby’s first steps.
Film, like Super 8 or 8mm reels, lasts longer (30 to 50 years), but it’s much harder to watch unless you have a projector and is harder to transfer to DVD for safekeeping.  But don’t worry, we’ve got some great tips on easy ways to preserve both film and video in the Take Action steps below.
Your goal for this section is to make all of your treasured videos and films completely accessible to you during a disaster, emergency evacuation, computer or Internet meltdown.
Just follow the steps below to locate all of your important videos, copy them and store them in at least three secure, damage-proof locations.
Take Action! 
1. You Can’t Archive Them If You Can’t Find Them…
Grab a pencil and paper and jot down the types of videos you want to secure, their format (digital file/format, standard video cassette, DVD or special sized video cassette) and their current location.
Using the list you just compiled, locate and gather all of the videos that you want to secure and set them aside for a moment.
2. Any Videos Lurking On Your Hard Drive?
Do you have any home videos on your computer?
Yes?  Then let’s start with them.  And while you’re at it, grab your video camera  and cell phone so you can download any videos that are still there.
  • Create one new folder on your computer desktop and name it Backup Videos (dd/mm/yy) with today’s date.
  • Locate all of the digital videos that you want to keep safe.  Leave the original files where they are on your computer, copying each one into  the new Backup folder.
  • Instead of taking the time to choose which videos you want to keep safe and which you don’t really care about, it’s much easier just to copy them all for right now and back them all up.  Then  some time when you have nothing better to do, you can come back and sort through them.
3. Now for the Super 8 & Videocassettes
Now it’s time to deal with your 8mm or Super 8 films and video cassettes. Take a few moments to gather them and separate them into two different piles.
In Pile 1, place any videos that you want to copy and save in a digital format.
In Pile 2, place videos that you:
  • Already have in digital format and could easily recopy if the one you’re holding were harmed or destroyed.
  • Have numerous other copies of the video in other locations.  (Check to make sure that this is actually so before you decide not to copy them)
  • Simply don’t care enough about to keep it disaster safe.
  • Go ahead and put the videos in the second pile back where you found them.
4. The Best Way To Copy Videocassettes
The only way to archive your films and videos is to copy or transfer them into a digital format and save them to your computer or onto a DVD.  There are a few great ways to do this yourself or you can have a professional do it.
If your movies are on videocassette , ION makes a great little device called a Video 2 PC Analog To Digital USB Video Converter for your PC or Mac.  It’s a small device — you plug one end into your computer and the other end into your VCR and it saves your videos in digital format on your computer.
5. What About My Super 8 Movies?
If you have reels of 8mm &Super 8 films lying around, you’ll need to have them transferred to digital format professionally.
There’s a wonderful company called iMemories that helped us digitize our  movies.  They’ll even send you a safe ship kit equipped with a GPS locator to pinpoint your movies’ exact location, every step of the way.  And they do an incredible job of transferring film, videotapes, audio files and photos .  The best part is that once they’re completed, you can share them with your friends and relatives in your own private online theater.
6.  Where and how you decide to secure and store your videos is up to you.  But here are a few ideas:
Once your videos are digital, you can place them:
  • On a portable hard drive or on a DVD, and take them with you during evacuation on a key ring or in your plastic evacuation bin.
  • On a flash drive or portable hard drive, in a safe deposit box or water/fireproof safe in your own city.
  • On a flash drive or portable hard drive, in a safe deposit box, water/fireproof safe, or with relatives in the city where you’ll be evacuating.
  • In a password-protected online file repository or on the file directory of your family’s personal web site.  This way you can retrieve them from any Internet-enabled computer.
  • Upload them to your iMemories account.  This way they’re not only safe, but you can share with family and friends.
  • On You Tube or another internet video site.  This is great place to save an extra copy of your videos. Just be sure to uncheck the public viewing option or password protect the videos for your and your family’s eyes only.  But this really shouldn’t be a long term solution, or your only solution.  As much as we all love Internet sharing sites, you actually have no control over them.  If the company were to go out of business, or if their servers were to crash, you could lose all of your data without any warning.
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