Compressing Music Files for E-Mailing

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by NeilHK, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. NeilHK macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2007
    I wonder if anyone could help with compression ideas.

    I frequently need to send CDs of music to a family member. I burn the discs from iTunes in Roxio and then I post them.

    I've been wondering of late, if there is a better way. He lives in the Middle East and postal service is slow and very unreliable. Sometimes my discs never arrive.

    I thought that maybe I could create a disc image and email that, but a colleague says I would need to compress the disc image first before emailing.

    I assumed that a disc image of my music (created in Roxio) would ALREADY be compressed. He says no.

    OK, if this is correct, can anyone advise how to compress the files?


    I noticed a new compression tool for download in Apple today when I googled this topic. A new piece of software called CompressFile (I think).
    Is this a better option for emailing music cds?

    Appreciate any advice. It could save me hours every week if it is possible to find a simple solution.


  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Okay, I'm going to go ahead and ask the dumb question.

    Your family member has a computer, yes? One that can run things like iTunes?

    Why not send the music as a set of MP3 or AAC files? Those files *are* compressed, and a set of 128kb AAC files is less than 10% the size of a CD, with reasonably good quality. They're small enough to e-mail.

    If your family member desires, they can then just use iTunes to burn the disc themselves if they want it.
  3. NeilHK thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2007
    I suppose I should have said that the music I send is classical so each iTunes MP3 can be anything from 3-8 mins

    I can just email mp3s to him and he listens via ITunes yes, but when wanting to send him the contents of a CD I've burned containing an hour of music I cannot send as an attachment of course.

    Thus my question about emailing a disk image.
  4. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020


    Feb 11, 2007

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