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You have given good ideas about building a library and in the past I did use a VCR for audio recording. Great fidelity at a low cost for the tapes.
At present, though, I am looking for a virtually hands off solution and I had this with the cable music. My cost is much higher than you cited and it increases each year because of the bundling the cable provider forces on its customers. To get the music I have to subscribe to several tiers which I don’t need. When I had Direct TV I was able to negotiate a la carte without all the other package items I didn’t need at a reduced cost but I had to abandon this because the trees grew and blocked the signal path. The cable provider is not willing to negotiate so away they go.
The cable company uses “customer retention” techniques where if I call when the bill increases they will offer a discount for a year but I am no longer willing to play this game with them. By making the change I plan my cost will be less than one tenth what it is now.
Anyway, thanks for the suggestions which are good information for others who want to build a library.