Here’s a summer job idea for the entrepreneurial starving student: Pick up people’s dusty CD collections, digitize them with proper meta data, album art and with the best encoding practices, and return the CDs with an ipod/harddrive of the newly digitized collection. Charge a decent service fee which includes the price of the drive/ipod and line your pockets with easy money.
Sure people could do this themselves, but most won’t ever get around to it. Sure there are services that already do this, but you have to mail your collection to them. Convenience + local house calls = market opportunity.
If this whole advertising/design/globe-trotting-DJ thing goes south for me, I think I now have a back-up plan….