iTunes and Encoding...

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by hob, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. hob macrumors 68020

    hob

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    I've searched, and I've never yet found a satisfactory answer! WHY is iTunes so slow at ripping CDs? It's improved slightly since i've transitioned to G4, but still - 7x... I think I was ripping at that speed about 5 years ago with Real Jukebox!!!!

    I've only been switched for 7 months, but the one great thing with Windows was that media player would rip a cd before you'd even blinked... I can't remember the speeds exactly, but it was about 10x faster than this...

    Please don't flame me, but if you have an answer, or a suitable piece of software for mac that encodes CDs to AAC faster, please let me know :)
     
  2. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

    crazzyeddie

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    Most of it has to do with your optical drive speed. The Powerbook and iBook only have 24x CD-ROM speeds. I can notice a huge difference between using my internal DVD-RW in my Powerbook and my external 52x CD-RW drive for ripping.
     
  3. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    Bingo - my biggest peeve with Apple is DVD/CD drive speed. They are crazy slow. I'm hoping for a big speed bump in the new G5 updates.
     
  4. dukemeiser macrumors 6502a

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    If you are using a laptop, you might try setting your performance to "Highest" in System Prefs. under Energy Saver. I'd agree with everyone else though, it is the optical drive.
     
  5. ftaok macrumors 601

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    It's not just the optical drive speed. A lot of it has to do with whether or not "Error Checking" is on. I think iTunes has it on by default and apps like Musicmatch do not.
     
  6. hob thread starter macrumors 68020

    hob

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    I'd probably agree with the optical drive thing - burning a CD for friends is embarassing (or it was on my iBook - the PowerBook seems a little faster at least!)
     

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