Building on a proud tradition of charging for things that shouldn't cost anything, Best Buy's crack team of dudes who can fill out inane bubble tests will now rip your CDs, for the low low price of $1 a disc.
Lest you judge too quickly, let's take a look at the Geek Squad's latest service in their own words:
CD conversion requires care and expertise. We'll rip your CD collection into MP3, AAC, WAV, WMA, WMA-Lossless, or OGG formats, and return it to you (along with your CDs) on DVDs
Translation: We'll take whatever is on your disc, and put it on another disc.
We pull quality, accurate metadata from multiple sources such as AMG and GD3 and rip your CDs with the finest error correction software. We also hand-groom your digital music collection making searching and organizing your collection a breeze and ready to play as soon as you receive it.
Translation: We have iTunes.
Wondering where we are with your conversion? Simply login on our website and view the status of your order at any time.
Translation: This is going to take a while.
Have a few CDs with peanut butter and jelly on them?
Translation: You are clearly an idiot.
Need an iPod, hard drive, or music server with your CD Ripping? Add it to your cart and we'll transfer (load) your entire collection to the selected hardware FREE of charge.
Translation: And that we know you're an idiot, we would like to steal from you.
I'm sure there's a market for this—old folks? the chronically lazy? someone's been paying for this shit for years—but really, you're paying a dollar for someone to click on a few buttons, and pass it off as something that you can't do yourself. Or hey, maybe I'm being unfair. Let me know! Just email me your thoughts, and I'll post them as comments for, let's say $0.50 a word? Great. [Consumerist]