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The Ripping Industry Sees Shifts

CD-ripping firms Riptopia, RipDigital, and Ripping Revolution all saw changes in their offices last week.

Last week, CD-ripping firm Riptopia, which has offices in both San Francisco and Washington, D.C., announced that it has acquired its competitor, RipDigital. The acquisition will expand Riptopias retail store presence to 208 locations in 28 states nationwide, positioning Riptopias service in Tweeter, Escape (Powered by Best Buy), B&H, J&R, and Tekserve retail stores. RipDigital’s CEO and founder, Richard Adams, will now serve as Riptopia’s vice president of business development.

As a fellow pioneer, RipDigital helped us to define the CD ripping business, said Dr. Kurt Beyer, president of Riptopia. “We are thrilled to have Richard Adams on our team. The time he has spent over the past three years inventing a new industry will go a long way in helping Riptopia continue to build and expand its National CD ripping service offerings for both our commercial and retail customers.”

Meanwhile, in San Marcos, California, Nick Carter, former sales vice president for media server manufacturer ReQuest, joined Ripping Revolution where as president of marketing strategy he will lead the launch of the companys new East coast ripping center slated for November.

A founding member of the Custom Electronics Design and Integration Association (CEDIA), Carter brings decades of industry experience and is credited with the launch of the AudioReQuest line of music servers into the CEDIA channel.

“Nick brings a unique set of skills and experience to the table,” said Sean Manzanares, founder and CEO of Ripping Revolution. “His experience building CEDIA resale channels, combined with his pioneering launch of the media server category is a compelling track record. Nick’s addition gives Ripping Revolution the talent, technology, and industry expertise to provide the highest service level in the industry.”

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