Is it possible to import CD's directly into itunes using remote disc?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jawad7, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. jawad7 macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2003
    Got a MBA 13" and also using an iMac.

    For the first time I want to import an audio CD into iTunes on my MBA. I have enabled remote disc on my iMac and want to import the CD. It comes up with the error "The operation can't be completed because the original item for "Audio CD' can't be found".

    Got a feeling this isn't possible - but surely this can't be an oversight? I assumed I'd just open up iTunes on my MBA and the CD would appear and I'd be able to import directly.

    Thanks for help.
  2. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
  3. Beanoir macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2010
    51 degrees North
    I tried a while ago to get this to work, there is a messy work around, but if i'm honest with you I wouldn't waste your time.

    Spend some money and buy a superdrive if you value your sanity.
  4. abeotechnologie macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2012
    Yes you can

    You need Remote desktop though...

    Open RDP on your slave machine
    Connect to it from your master mac
    Open the CD on the slave machine in Finder
    Select all tracks in the CD as a list
    Drag and drop them onto your masters iTunes icon

    Might be slow, and tbh it's worth the $50 for a super drive, but not every one has the cash.
  5. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    No need for an expensive Apple external drive. You can get name brand external optical drives on Amazon for $35.
  6. Slix macrumors 6502a


    Mar 24, 2010
    As others have said, there isn't a way to use Remote Disc for audio CDs. You could get a SuperDrive, but I just do it this way instead. The way I have been importing CDs into my MBA for the past couple years is this:

    • Import the CD into iTunes on the iMac (I actually use an iMac G4 usually, since it's there. :p).
    • Use Airdrop, network file sharing, USB drive, or whatever form of transfer you want to use to get the files from the iMac to the MBA.
    • Delete the files from the iMac if you don't want them on there anymore for whatever reason.

    If you need to replace the files because you're reimporting them, use this guide:

    Hope that works for ya. :)

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