I've only got a 300Mhz G3 running OS 9.2 so I know i'm not going to get amazing speeds but when I ripped a lot of my CDs with iTunes 1.0, It was encoding at about 4 - 5x at 128Kbps joint stereo and no less than 3.5 x at 192Kbps stereo. I've always ripped using my CD Writer and i'm encoding to a 7200 rpm drive. The only difference between my mac now and a few years ago is that I've got 4 times as much RAM and upgraded from OS 8.6 and iTunes 1.0 to OS 9.2.1 and iTunes 2.0.4 It's getting really annoying when I'm ripping at around 1 - 1.5 x these days, I've cleared a lot of space on my hard drive and started encoding a load of Cds and it's taking almost the length of the CD to encode them! I'm not running anything in the background that's interfering with the encoding or listening to mp3s while encoding either so it's a purely iTunes problem. Anyone know a way to speed this up?