Trade Your Old CDs for an iPad with iPodMeister

If you’re eyeing a new iPad but funds are tight, consider swapping your old CDs or DVDs with a service called iPodMeister. This might sound implausible, but it’s a genuine option, as reports the New York Times.

Founded by musicians and students, iPodMeister capitalizes on the higher overseas market value of CDs and DVDs. They exchange your unwanted discs for an iPod, iPhone, or iPad, then sell them internationally for profit, ensuring your old media is repurposed rather than wasted.

However, iPodMeister enforces strict criteria for what constitutes an acceptable CD or DVD.

Essentials include the original jewel case and album artwork. If your collection is missing these elements, you might be out of luck.

Curious about what an iPad might cost in terms of CDs or DVDs? Here’s a quick rundown:

iPad w/ Wi-Fi 16 GB = 600 CDs or DVDs.
iPad w/ Wi-Fi 32 GB = 700 CDs or DVDs.
iPad w/ Wi-Fi 64 GB = 800 CDs or DVDs.
iPad w/ Wi-Fi + 3G 16GB = 950 CDs or DVDs.
iPad w/ Wi-Fi + 3G 32GB = 1050 CDs or DVDs.
iPad w/ Wi-Fi + 3G 64GB = 1150 CDs or DVDs.

Overall, it’s a pretty solid deal, particularly if you’ve attempted to sell your CDs at a local record store recently.


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