How to EXACT copy MUSIC cds on Mac

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  1. JW8725 macrumors 6502a

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    Hello please can you tell me how I can copy cds on mac. I need exact copies of my cds onto my hard drive as im making a music server. Thanks
     
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Use iTunes and import them using the Apple Lossless codec.

    Or, if you have endless HD space, just import the aiff files.

    Edit: But there is no quality difference between the two (what so ever).
     
  3. DXoverDY macrumors 6502a

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    exact copies? apple lossless is great but if you're doing bootleg shows and stuff i'd go with like SHN or FLAC as they are more widely available for multiple platforms.

    you didn't give enough info to really ... answer your question i guess. May i recommend giving more info and i'm sure we can provide a lot more info for you.
     
  4. JW8725 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've just made the switch from PC to MAC to make use of the airport express. I chose the mini due to its near silent operation. Im using it as a music server.

    The airport express is connected to my expensive HIFI and i require perfect CD quality music to send to it.

    I have been using Exact Audio Copier on the PC as this allows me to rip cds at will and play them in the car. The problem with AIFF files is that a full CD copied in AIFF has a size greater than that available on a CD.

    Am i able to convert from AIFF to WAV to apple lossless at will? I would consider keeping everything lossless. What do the wise owls recommend? thanks
     
  5. James Philp macrumors 65816

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    I believe Toast will do an exact disc>disc copy (image copy), for distributing all your band music right!
     
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    AIFF are the exact digital copies of files on the CD, they have to fit on a regular cd, if only one album at a time depending on size/length of the album.

    converting between different formats will not keep it lossless though. i use Apple Lossless myself for the tracks/albums that i require in prestine quality. AIFF is great if you have the room for the files though
     
  7. javiercr macrumors 6502

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    If you have a Mac mini, then your hardrive is not that big, if you don't compress your music you're only going to be able to put 80 CDs or so, which may be enough but if you have less than 80 the whole music server thing may be an overkill anyway.

    If your are into really high quality equipment the computer and airport is not going to match a 3k CD player.

    I would chose 320kps mp3s for the server and keep the CDs. Even if you could convert from aiff to apple lossless to wav at will it will not be a good idea, it would probably be easier to re-rip the CDs.
     
  8. RAS admin macrumors regular

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    I would definitely go the Apple Lossless route as the previous posts suggest. Also, this will fit within the bandwidth of your airport express while uncompressed aiff may not.
    I rip all my CD's using Apple Lossless and am very pleased with the results. BTW, going from a G5's optical out to a digital amp's optical in sounds awsome on a B&W Nautilus surround sound setup (802's, 805's and an HTM2). :D
     
  9. JW8725 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I intend to use an external HD to store all the music. The 80 gig on the mini is too small for anything but mac programmes.

    Also you will be suprised how the addition of a DAC to the airport will sound when compared to a 3K CD player. I've got that angle covered too because ive got a Linn Ikemi.
     
  10. JW8725 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Man the Nautilus is a bad boy range of speakers. I'll be introducing a DAC to handle the conversion so all i need is a bit perfect stream that the airport happily provides. I've got a Linn Kairn/Klout set up tri-wired to Epos m22s. I feel like a kid at school again learning to copy with all these new programmes on the mac. Exact Audio Copy is awesome, I might just keep that to handle all my copying woes and use the mini to run everything. Mini is fantastically silent. You really have to get up close and listen to hear its slight whisper.
     
  11. anubis macrumors 6502a

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    Not quite understanding what your "woes" are. Just open iTunes and open the preferences, set the importer to "Apple Lossless". Insert CD. Click "Import". Done. iTunes grabs all of the CDDB info from the internet and all of the files are already on your playlist. Apple Lossless format will sound EXACTLY the same as AIFF or WAV, there is no audio loss in Apple Lossless format (hence "lossless").

    Believe me, I'm running Klipsch Reference RF-35 floor speakers with the RB-35 bookshelves and a couple of surrounds. Nothing less than Klipsch Refernece will do for me. Running a DJ business for a few years turned me into an audiophile. Using iTunes to import all of your CDs to Apple Lossless will work just fine. Any "difference" you hear between Apple Lossless and AIFF or WAV is purely in your head.
     
  12. RAS admin macrumors regular

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    here are some pics of some old setups of mine:

    http://homepage.mac.com/rasjudah2/PhotoAlbum4.html

    I'm sorry to say that I don't have any Nautilus speakers at the moment. I sold them all to a buddy of mine for the same price I paid, after a good 5 years of enjoyment. I sold them because I plan on getting the new B&W 800 range with diamond tweeters...
     

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