I am of a belief that the way forward in HiFi is with components that don't spin. Having been using a CD-less car audio for 4 years now, I'm surprised that CDs exist at all in car audio. Anyway, back to my point. The long term continuing fall in price per MB of solid state drives suggests to me that it can't be long before hi-fi components will routinely contain a SSD and only have a CD drive for the purpose of transferring data to it. In fact on investigating the Internet recently, it was seem that the future is almost with us, but not quite. I have discovered that there is a range of components from Naim that are getting close, but the SSD hasn't quite taken over yet as it still requires a remote component to store the music files, and the items are somewhat on the expensive side. My CD collection would probably take up around 250-300GB of space. Now my CD player is 15 years old, (Pink Triangle Numeral played through Exposure XVII/SuperXVIII and Monitor Audio 703PMC), and may yet last many years, but could also die tomorrow. With technology as it stands, I don't really one to replace it with another CD player, but want to wait for SSD players to be more readily available and less expensive. So my questions are: 1) Are there other components on the market or due for release that fit my ideal? 2) Should my CD player die tomorrow, what would be the best interim solution rather than buying a direct replacement. 3) How do these players cope with continuous music? I would not want the situation as it is with MP3s where a gap is created, often at an inappropriate moment. This is particularly noticeable on live albums. For me, sound quality is the most important, but at the same time, I don't want my living room to look like a computer geeks workshop. At the moment, because my CD player is a single box, I don't fully understand the relationship between transport and DAC as separate components.