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PS3: Digital Music Jukebox |

I just saw pictures posted of the PS3’s CD ripping interface. This functionality already exists on the 360 and has been expected on the PS3 so this isn’t very exciting by itself.

CD Ripping Interface

One other question that I have: will it rip SACDs? The PS3 will definitely play SACDs and rip CDs for convenient digital jukebox playback, but why not allow users to rip SACDs and get both digital jukebox convenience and SACD features?

My first guess is no, it won’t. The SACD format was extensively designed to avoid ripping for anti-piracy reasons. But since the PS3 is a fully Sony integrated solution, Sony clearly sees the value in digital jukebox functionality, and Sony has a large stake in SACD, it’s not impossible.

Right now, SACD is a poor value proposition for most consumers including myself. It has some nice extra features, but the restrictions designed to prevent piracy are obnoxious and outweigh all of its benefits. However, if PS3 supports ripping SACDs, that would be a really cool addition.

Here are the benefits that I would like:

  • Multi-Channel Music: Front/Back channel separation is great for games and movies but for most music, it’s pointless. Even stereo is mostly unecessary. However, I’m sure several musicians could do some really cool stuff with 5.1 sound if consumers could hear it. Many artists have already released 5.1 mixes and I’d love to hear them.
  • Increased Compression Formats and Fidelity Options: Most consumers are clearly happy with MP3s an 128 kpbs AAC. Mostly, I am too. However, many music buffs really appreciate extra fidelity and I’d love to give it a try.
  • Extra Data: Artwork, song titles, lyrics, liner notes, and extra data are all stored on the disc. Currently there are online services that match song names and album cover pictures with CD signatures, but they aren’t 100% reliable and it’s more convenient to just have that stuff right there on the disc.

BTW, music is clearly moving away from physical media and towards purely digital distribution. That’s great, but I currently don’t get multi-channel and high fidelity options from online music stores. Also, buying a used CD and ripping to computer is currently the cheapest and most convenient way for me to get music.

What do you guys think? Will you use your PS3 as a digital music jukebox? Will you play SACDs or rip them if it’s possible?

CD Ripping Interface

  • I already have a music solution: to listen to the CD’s directly if I’m at home (no loss of signal fidelity due to compression) or listen to my iPod nano while on the road.

    The only reason for me to rip CD’s on the PS3 is to use with games that can play them. I’m disappointed that MotorStorm doesn’t have this feature, because I really don’t like the music most game developers use in their games. And I especially don’t like how they promote it so much. Playing PGR3, when a new song comes up, they actually pop open a window to inform you of the artist etc! That is really annoying!

  • That’s a cool feature, but I’m not to sure I’ll dump my whole collection onto the PS3 hard drive. I’ll put some of my favorites sure 🙂

  • matt

    One of the best features of the 360 (and PS3) is the ability to plug in a MP3 player and play it through your stereo. My father bought a $150 stereo/tv/ipod connector so he could play his iPod through his stereo and use the screen as a display. This feature is built into both consoles which is a very nice feature for any MP3 owner.

    The one thing I hope developers do with the PS3 which the 360 has built in is switching the music from the game to your own personal music. I like nothing better than blasting my music while playing games (Geometry Wars is my personal favorite) while keeping the sound effects for the game. Racing games this is a huge plus because I am sure everyone has gotten tired of the in game tracks (most of them suck too)

    I have about 30 tracks burned to my HDD in case my iPod isn’t hooked up.

    5.1 music is really cool although their isn’t a lot of it available. I have a Foo Fighter DVD and a Chevelle DVD that are recorded in 5.1. When it is done right it really makes a difference, but may not be a huge deal for the average Joe.

    I think a SACD would take up a lot of space if it wasn’t compressed into MP3 or MP4. You may want to opt for the larger HDD if you plan on using it for a lot of music. I would just buy an MP3 player with the $100 savings.

  • I always planned on storing some of my favourite songs onto the PS3’s hdd to play in games that supported that feature and with today’s announcement of DEF JAM: ICON supporting the ability to do just that and for the music to actually effect how the game plays is just what I’ve been waiting to hear.

  • Matt

    Just got a PS3 60 gig – CD information is coming from AMG, and the CDs rip quickly. Will definitely get my CD collection into the drive. Next step is to move my iPod music into it, too:-)