iTunes CD Ripping Question

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  1. iAtom macrumors member

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    I have a bunch of CDs ripped in iTunes but I decided that I want to re-rip them in a higher quality. But the problem is I do not want to lose the play count and ratings for the songs. Is there a way that I can rip them again without losing this information?
     
  2. LeeTom macrumors 68000

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    here's my best shot:

    make another user on your computer, and rip all the mp3s you want to rip. then put them somewhere in the hard drive that your real user can access them. then drag the actualy mp3s (not the folders) over the older ones while iTunes is not running. I don't think it will notice the difference between the old and new ones.... (knock on wood).

    Try one album like that at least... let me know if it works!!

    Lee Tom
     
  3. Billicus macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt that'll work, but it is worth a try. You may just have to bite the bullet and import them (losing the information) or just leave them in their current form. What are they ripped at, out of curiosity? :)
     
  4. ftaok macrumors 601

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    When I re-ripped some of my mp3's to aac, all of the ratings and play counts came along. The only thing is that all of the tags have to be the same. For the most part, I got the ID tags from CDDB, so that wasn't a problem. It was only a problem if I had changed some of the info on the mp3 or CDDB changed the info in their database.

    The solution would be to go and change the info on the old file to match what's on the CD.

    Does that make sense????
     
  5. garybUK Guest

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    Just rip them again so you have the song twice, then in the finder goto your itunes folder, find the files you have just ripped and copy them replacing the original files.... bit of messing through the directories but it works... On the other hand you could just edit the .xml file that itunes uses.
     
  6. iAtom thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all the help guys. I tried just putting in a cd and pushing import and it gave me the option of replacing the existing one. I tried that with one song and all of the information was not deleted :D. So it was a lot easier than we all thought it would be.

    Just in case you were wondering, I originally imported everything at 128 kbps AAC, but decided that I could hear a loss in quality from the cd. Since I have the space I decided I might as well import everything at 320 kbps AAC. :)
     
  7. garybUK Guest

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    Glad to hear it went ok, and that Apple have once again pioneered with its user freindlyness that other platforms only dream of... they make a better codec... they make it easier to re-import.. v.nice.
     

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