Copying Audio CDs with iTunes?

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  1. Lobos macrumors member

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    I recently purchased a PowerBook and am loving it. I use to always make a backup copy of every CD which I would use and then store the original since I'm prone to wreck them. Unfortunately, I can't find a one-click solution to copy my audio CDs in iTunes. Any suggestions? Are there any free/cheap programs that will allow me to do so?
     
  2. mcarnes macrumors 68000

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    Why don't you just put them in iTunes? That's what iTunes was for, long before the music store came along.
     
  3. OryHara macrumors regular

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    i have to second that, just coppy your cds into itunes and copy what you will. if you wreck a cd you will still have the copy in itunes.
     
  4. Solafaa macrumors 6502a

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    I have my whole music collection on itunes and my cds are stored away. I found having 3 copys (itunes, iPod and cds) is the very safe and convenient. You can also burn them to cd-r's as another backup.
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Having lost one iTunes library before let me just say that back ups are your friend. I've got the original CDs, the digital copies on my hard drive and a 40GB selection on my iPod like Solafaa recommends. :)
     
  6. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Use iTunes for ripping all your CDs in something like AAC@128 (which is IMO the best space/quality ratio and space is always an issue on portables), and use iTunes for listening.

    iTunes is not designed to backup CDs, it can be done, but it involves ripping the music in Apple Lossless, AIFF of WAV and then burning playlists back. To backup CDs use Disk Utility to make a CD image and then burn this to a CD-R or, even easier, use a 3rd party tool like Toast which has a Copy Disk function.

    BTW, I use iTunes to make "mixed tapes" on CD, all the time from my ripped AAC@128, and those are just fine when played in the car stereo or even on fairly nice hifi setups.
     
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  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I use CDs in the car because I've got an iTrip for my iPod but around town it's pretty pathetic.
     
  9. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    cds are great, disposable ways to get a handful of songs in your car in a hurry... if i'm going to be going somewhere, i'll put some on a CD, then if it's wrecked by the end of the night, it's no problem. plus if your friends really like them, you can just give them away. don't steal music.
     
  10. bartelby macrumors Core

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    I use cds in the car, there's a holder with 100 cdrs in there.
    I've got an AUX module for the headunit so I can plug the iPod in.
    I've yet to fit it though.
     
  11. mcarnes macrumors 68000

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    I only use CD-R's that I have burned from iTunes. Very disposable (something like 5 cents a disc). I never use a master CD anymore. They all went on ebay and more than paid for a new mac.

    Agree with mad jew, I have 3 full backups of my iTunes library, each on separate Lacie drives which I rotate. My library is about 40 GB and the whole thing gets backed up once every 4 months. I'm always changing dates, pictures, song ratings, etc. so it's easiest to just backup the whole thing.

    All songs at 256 kbps AAC. With high quality headphones such as Grado RS-1 and a decent dedicated headphone amp, I defy any audiophile to spot a difference between AIFF and 256 kbps AAC.
     

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