Ripping Music Quality

Discussion in 'iPod' started by macman4789, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2007

    I've been recently ripping some cd's to my library at 256kbps AAC. I've noticed on the first track of one cd and the last on another there has been a sort of skip for like half a second. Not a big thing I know but irritating when I'm trying to get good quality music.

    Is there anyway of getting rid of this? I've tried re-ripping and still the same skip at the same point in the song? Is there any way of importing/reading the track slower?

  2. macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    Make sure error correction is turned on.

    If not, you can try copying the AIFF files which will appear on the CD from Finder into iTunes, then converting the AIFF files into AAC with iTunes (right-click > convert to AAC).
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2007
    Thanks for that. What are AIFF files? And how would they help?

  4. macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2005
    Think of AIFF files being a bit for bit copy of your CD (no compression). Similar to RAW files vs JPEG in photos. So you copy the AIFF file to your hardrive - which has MUCH faster response than your CD/DVD player. It is possible that the little skip is being caused by the CD player coughing a bit as it spins up. So copying from the harddrive instead MAY a solution.
  5. macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    It's more likely due to a scratch on the surface of the CD.
  6. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    CD might be scratched or dirty.

    Turn on error correction and try re-rip again.

    If it works, turn off error correction when you are done.

    If it doesn't work, you need something to repair the scratches.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2005
    Use Max which is something like Exact Audio Copy but for Macs. You can do a full CD Paranoia rip which should fix those skips.
  8. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    If you have another computer, you might try that. It is always possible that one CD drive is a bit more lenient than another.

    Very useful tip indeed.

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