The new iPad’s are on their way and expected to be in stores this Saturday at a starting price of $499. But if you’re a serious CD and/or DVD collector, you might be able to get one for free!
If you have about 600 CDs and DVDs that you no longer want, then consider giving them to a company called ipodmeister.com in exchange for an iPad.
iPodMeister will exchange the 600 CDs and DVDs, with original sleeves and covers, for a new iPad with 16GB and Wi-Fi. A little more than 1,000 CDs and DVDs (1,050 to be exact) will get you an iPad with 32 GB, Wi-Fi, and 3G.
Apparently, you can even opt to get the music and movies from you CDs and DVDs digitized and sent back to you so you can load them onto your new iPad (or iPod or whatever device you choose). And you can work out free shipping. All the details are below:
How many CDs do I need?
All iPods, iPads and iPhones are brand new, factory sealed, and come with all packaging and full warranty. They are exactly the same iPods, iPhones and iPads sold by Apple today. They are not last year’s model and they are not factory refurbished. Different models require different numbers of CDs or DVDs for the exchange. DVDs count like CDs. CDs and DVDs can be combined. Boxsets count by the number of discs in the set.
There are two exchange rates, depending on whether you require digitizing of your music or not. Digitizing is the conversion of a music CD so that it can be played on an iPod. Go here to look at the chart for specific numbers of CDs/DVDs needed to trade for specific Apple products.
* Digitizing –sometimes also referred to as “ripping”- is the conversion of the tracks on a music CD to mp3 files. We will provide these mp3 files on DVDs. We won’t load any music onto the iPod.
** Because the iPhones require activation and registration at the time of purchase we will send you a check for the price of the iPhone plus applicable sales tax.
8GB iPhone 3G = $107
16 GB iPhone 3G S = $217
32 GB iPhone 3G S = $326
The checks are regular corporate checks made out to the customer, i.e. the checks are not vouchers for the purchase of an iPhone only or Apple gift cards. The checks are regular bank checks that should be cashed by depositing them into a U.S. bank account. Non-US customers in Canada, the U.K. and continental Europe can request an international postal money order.
If you have more CDs than required for the iPod, we will buy them from you. We will include a check for these CDs along with your iPod. The check will be a corporate check made out to the customer. If you have fewer discs than required you can make up for each missing item by paying $1 per item up to a maximum of 50 missing discs. Please include a check or money order made out to “iPodMeister” with your shipment. The turnaround time is very fast if you don’t want your CDs digitized. If you want your CDs digitized the turnaround time is usually 3 to 8 business days from the time we receive your CDs to the day we ship your iPod.
How does the FREE shipping work?
If you live in the NY Metro area you can drop off your CDs at our loading dock. If you live outside the NY Metro area or don’t want to come to us we will arrange FREE shipping by FedEx Ground. See “What about Non-U.S. customers?” below if you reside in Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico or anywhere outside of the 48 contiguous states.
Prepare your CDs for shipping:
1. Get the right size cardboard boxes. Each box should hold at least 200 and not more than 300 CDs. A box measuring 20” x 12” x 12” holds approximately 200 CDs. We don’t provide boxes. Sturdy cardboard boxes are available at office supply stores, moving companies, storage facilities, etc.
2. Package the CDs tightly inside the box. The CDs should not be able to move. Stack them tightly. Only add cushioning material such as newspapers or bubble wrap if needed.
3. In each package include a completed order form stating your name, address, e-mail, and phone number and the color and iPod/iPhone/iPad model you want. In case you opt for digitizing, indicate that clearly and check the compression format you want. The default are mp3 files at 256 KB. Specify whether you are using a Mac or a PC.
E-mail us with the following information to get your prepaid FedEx shipping labels:
1. your first and last name and complete address;
2. your phone number;
3. the number of packages and the number of CDs in each box (that way we know the weight);
Locate the closest FedEx drop-off location:
1. Tape the labels you have received from iPodMeister to the packages.
2. If you have a regular FedEx pick-up at work use the labels to ship the packages from your office.
3. Otherwise bring the packages to any FedEx drop-off location, for example to a Kinko’s copy store, a FedEx office, or to a participating business in your area.
4. To find the closest FedEx drop-off location click this link:
b. Enter your Zip code and uncheck “Self-service” (drop boxes) under “Show Me These Types of Locations.”
Which CDs are acceptable?
We accept all genres, i.e. Classical music, Opera, Jazz, Classic Rock, Latin, Pop, Indie, Alternative, Trance, books on CD, Spoken Word, etc. . We also accept older CDs from the 1980’s and 1990’s. We do not need a list of titles. We won’t cherry pick your collection. Boxsets containing more than one CD or DVD count depending on the number of items in the boxsetIn general, all CDs without scratches are acceptable, as long as they come with complete cover art, i.e. the booklet in the front and the play list in the back. We do not accept liquidation ware, penny CDs, bootlegs, or CDs in case logic binders. If you have bought your CDs in a record store you usually do not have to worry that we will not accept these CDs.
Here are the details and a list of exceptions:
1. All CDs have to be in mint condition, i.e. without visible scratches.
2. All CDs have to come with complete cover art in mint condition, both front and back.
3. All CDs have to be in their original jewel case. Broken, cracked or dusty jewel cases are not a problem.
4. Boxsets containing more than one CD count depending on the number of CDs in the boxset: a boxset with four CDs counts as four CDs. We do NOT accept incomplete boxsets.
5. We don’t take CDs which have your initials written on the CD or the cover art.
6. We do not take CDs which are stamped “Promotional” on the CD or which have a “promo” or “advance”-sticker or stamp on the jacket.
7. We do accept CDs that have the bar cut scratched out or punched out. We also accept CDs that have drill holes or promo stickers on the jewel case.
8. We do accept so-called Club CDs, issued by BMG or Columbia House. They count half.
9. We do NOT accept bootleg or blank CDs.
10. We do NOT accept CD singles or radio edits.
11. We do NOT accept compilations from stores such as the GAP, Victoria’s Secret, etc. but we do accept CDs released by Starbucks or Time Life.
12. We do NOT accept foreign language CDs if all of the title is written in a non-Latin alphabet, e.g. Greek, Russian, or Korean because we cannot catalogue them.
13. We do accept import CDs as long as the title and artist are written in the Latin alphabet, for example in Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Italian, etc.
14. We usually only accept one CD per title, i.e. we do not accept a dozen unsold, shrink wrapped CDs of a local bar band. If you have several CDs of one popular title, e-mail us the title(s) and we will let you know whether we are interested.
15. We reserve the right to refuse CDs from online merchants, wholesalers, record stores, or record labels who are trying to unload their low priced inventory. We will not be responsible for the shipping costs involved in returning these CDs.
16. We don’t pay for returning CDs that we reject because of missing cover art, scratches, or because they are liquidation ware or penny CDs (CDs with a resale value below $1.00).
17. DVDs count like CDs. DVDs and CDs can be combined.
18. We only accept DVDs with region code 1 (United States, Canada, Bermuda) in the U.S. and region code 2 (Western and Central Europe, Japan) for shipments to our European collection points.
19. We do not take adult DVD’s.
20. We do not return unacceptable CDs.
What is “digitizing” and how do I get my music onto the iPod?
Digitizing is the compression and conversion of the data on a music CD into a file format that can be played on the iPod. Digitizing is also known as “ripping.”If you opt for the exchange without digitizing you simply send us your CDs and we will send you an iPod (see exchange rates in center column). If you don’t opt for digitizing you will not get back-up files of your music.
If you opt for digitizing you will get the iPod plus a set of back-up DVDs (see exchange rates in right column). We do not load the digitized files directly onto the iPod because we don’t want to open the iPod before sending it to you. That way you know that the iPod is new. If you have a set of back-up DVDs in a safe place you won’t lose all your music even if you lose your iPod.
Connect the iPod through the USB-port to your computer and insert the back-up DVDs into the DVD drive. Then use iTunes to move your files. iTunes is pre-installed on most computers and can also be downloaded for free from Apple.com. iTunes will show you album information such as artist name, track titles, playing time, and more. Some smaller iPods might not hold all the albums you have sent us. Use iTunes and the back-up DVDs to decide which tracks you want to play on iPods with limited storage capacity.
To reach iPodMeister.com, e-mail the company at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-ipod.cds or 877.476.3237.
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