Ripstyles.com has announced plans to ship the Ripserver in the United States and Canada in April. The device lets you rip your music from audio CD files and automatically serves it up to the network. It’s available in 500GB and 1TB models for $849 and $995 respectively.
The Ripserver — a square box — features a slot-loading drive that accepts audio CDs. The audio on the CD is converted to a digital format — either to MP3 or Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC), and then is shared on the network automatically using a built-in Universal Plug ‘n’ Play (UPnP) server. The Ripserver also has a USB interface to attach additional storage as needed.
The Ripserver connects to the network using Gigabit Ethernet. It works with iTunes and a number of network media players including devices from B&O, Slim Devices, Roku, the Xbox 360 (it supports DLNA, used by the Xbox) and the Sony PlayStation 3. As music is ripped, the Ripserver will download cover art and track metadata and add it automatically. It’s configured using a built-in Web server. The device comes in either black or white.
System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.3.9, v10.4.11 or v10.5.2 or later.