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Ripping CDs with the help of iTunes

Ripping CDs with the help of iTunes

Though Amazon and Apple would be pleased if you fill the iTunes library with only the music that you buy from Amazon MP3 and iTunes store, but there are high chances that you have loads of music stored in CDs. Here is what you can do to turn that CD music into iTunes tracks.

1. Check the settings of iTunes

iTunes rips CD tracks with the help of default AAC encoder running at 256kbps. This is a lossy format for compression since iTunes stores your tracks in less space. And this format is also lossy if it runs on a high bit rate. This makes it highly difficult to find any differences between the ripped and original versions.

If you want to change the settings of encoding- to select small bit rate like 128kbps, or to save space, or maybe to get high quality file, then you can go to Preferences in iTunes menu, and select the General tab.

2. Place in and choose a CD

Place a CD in the media drive of your Mac. iTunes will open up and the name of the CD will come in iTunes source list. The CD’s track name will come in the main window of iTunes.

In case the names of CD tracks do not show, your computer might not be able to connect to the internet, or maybe the CD isn’t recognized by iTunes. If that is the case, then you can simply click on each title, and add names yourself.

A window will also appear by default, asking if you would like to import your CD to the iTunes library. To import all tracks, click on Yes. If you do not want to import the tracks, or maybe if you want to do it later, you can click on No.

In case you clicked on No, and then later want to import the music from CD to iTunes, then you can select the CD in the source list of iTunes given at the lower right side of iTunes window. iTunes will now rip the CD and add tracks to your iTunes library.

If you do not want to rip the entire CD and just a few selected tasks, you can uncheck the songs that you do not want to be ripped.

3. Joining Tracks

If you want to merge some songs into a single one, you can do that too. Let’s say you have an audio CD that has many small tracks that you want to merge into one single track. You can do this by selecting the desired files and choosing Join from the Advanced menu of iTunes. This will put a bracket near the tracks to be joined as you select Import CD.

It is certainly a nice feature to find on iTunes. Now you can find all your CD music on your iTunes library, and merge your tracks as well! Do let us know what you think of it by submitting your comments.

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