How to copy audio CDs?

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  1. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030


    Sep 18, 2003
    London, UK
    Ok, I might be doing something stupid here, but how on earth do you go about duplicating an audio CD?

    First of all, before people start up on it, I'm not wanting to copy anything for a friend illegally or anything like that. I just want to make a copy so I can listen to it in the car when I go to a New Year party (5 hour trip) and I don't want to take the original.

    I've imported into iTunes and I could just burn a playlist from there. But the CD (which is Brian Wilson's Smile) is a "flowing" album, i.e. the songs merge into each other. You know how crap iTunes is with gaps between songs, etc. Even if I burn an iTunes CD with "No gap" in the preferences, there is still a small annoying pause. (PLEASE APPLE FIX THIS!)

    I know you can copy CDs using Disc Utility, but it doesn't seem to let me copy a commercial CD. It appears that Apple is covering its back. Is there a way to do it using Disc Utility, or does anyone know of a free program that will take care of it for me? By the way, I don't have or want to purchase Toast. Thanks.
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Using disk utility can you make an image of the CD then burn copies from the image?
  3. johnnyjibbs thread starter macrumors 68030


    Sep 18, 2003
    London, UK
    When I select "New image" the "New image from disc" is greyed out. I inserted a photo CD that I made to compare it and it wasn't greyed out on that. So it appears there is some sort of copy protection on the Smile CD.

    I can select New image from the toolbar but that just seems to create a blank disc image that is 600 odd megs in size. I guess I could try to drag the audio files from the CD into this image, but I'm sure I'd just end up with a data CD that had some AIFF files on it. :confused:

    Call me stupid, but ever since they merged Disc Copy and Disc Utility from Jaguar to Panther, I've neveer understood how to copy a bloody disc...
  4. IscariotJ macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2004
    It's not copy protection, per se, it's seems to be some "limitation" of disk utility. An audio CD doesn't seem to have a session, which is what you would normally copy. The only other way I know of duplicating audio CDs, is with Toast.


  5. zelmo macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2004
    Mac since 7.5
    You can re-import the audio tracks, linking them into one track with no gaps between songs. This gives you a seamless play, but then you can't skip through songs, as you now only have a single track.
  6. johnnyjibbs thread starter macrumors 68030


    Sep 18, 2003
    London, UK
    Thanks, that's an idea, although it's a bit limiting having just one track.

    I guess I'll have to fire up the old PC and try to see if I can do anything on that. But I thought Macs would be less protective than Windows when it came to copying things, as Windows loves its security keys and registrations and stuff!
  7. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    You need Toast.

    Tried for ages without it -- no success.
  8. nichos macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2004
    Jacksonville, Fl
    I may be all wrong, being a mac using for one day (just got my ibook yesterday!!!! :D ) but anyway, coming from Linux, here is what I would do, and I believe this would work in a terminal:
    but the source CD in, and type "mount"
    you'll see it listed in there. Mine is:
    /dev/disk1s0 on /Volumes/CDNAME
    heres what you do:
    dd if=/dev/disk1s0 of=/Users/me/Desktop/myimage.iso
    That will make and iso called "my image" on your desktop. Assuming you can burn an ISO on the Mac, like I said, just got it but it's worth a try! Good luck
  9. iPost macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2003
    The "free" way is to use the Unix open-source utility called cdrecord.

    I haven't tried it, so unfortunately I cannot give you directions on how to install it. It is part of a package called Fink. You have to get down and dirty with the Unix terminal/command line to use it. Perhaps someone who has installed Fink and who has used cdrecord can give instructions.

    Here are some useful links:

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