I just tried ripping into iTunes some older CDs I've had. Well, on a few of them they'll get to certain tracks and the CD drive will slow down, speed up, make this start-stop-start-stop-start-stop kind of sound, etc. Next iTunes usually freezes up with the evil spinning beachball of death. Sometimes my whole system locks up and I can't open any programs and have to do a force shutdown. If I catch it quick enough it seems to make a difference in that I can open Activity Monitor and force quit the mdimport process and the iTunes process. Now I have two questions about this: 1) Why the H3LL do these same CDs play just fine in my $30, 10 year old CD player, but NOT play in my BRAND NEW $1300 MacBook - and lock it up to boot? 2) Now I could get over them not playing/ripping on my new MacBook... but what I cannot get over is why Mac OS X is not smart enough to notice a bad track or scratched CD and pop up a nice little friendly dialog saying, This track is bad. Would you like to skip it? Yes or No I'm not 100% sure but I highly doubt a Windows XP/Vista OS would lock up or BSOD over such a thing. This reminds me of the pain all us Mac users go through when improperly disconnecting networks on OS X. I mean couldn't Apple fix this kind of stuff with a simple update through Software Update? Or would they have to charge $1.99 for such fixes because they'll call it a New Feature that your network/CD ripping works????