It should work, but a more powerful machine will make for faster, and potentially better sounding, lossless translations.
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I am using a powermac g4 for this purpose and it works great.
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for possible upgrades for your G3 Mac. I am not associated in any way with OWC.
I suggest upgrading the hard drive controller using a PCI to SATA card and install a 1TB drive. That way you do not have more wires for an external drive. If you want to install Leopard upgrade the processor. Leopard has a great feature called screen sharing which will allow you to run the G3 'headless' by remoting in from another PC/MAC in the house. You would use this to control itunes for example from a remote site.
USB/Firewire sound out to an external DAC - Apogee, Benchmark - would give excellent CD sound quality.
The more I read the more I believe it would be best to just get the cheapest used mac mini I can find and dedicate it to my music. I can't do all the upgrades on the G3 myself so I'm sure the cost won't be justified. The problem is that I have no other use for the G3 and I hoped I could cheaply put it to work for this one job (and save money for a good dac). Perhaps someone else with expertise will take it off my hands.
Thanks for the ideas.
The Apple store online has refurbished Mac Minis with the same warranty as new ones for $499 at this moment. Scroll down the page.
The number available is usually very limited but different models do come up every few days