iTunes importing Question

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by BenWakin, Aug 10, 2003.

  1. BenWakin macrumors member

    May 27, 2003
    San Diego
    is there any way to speed up importing mp3's from a cd?
  2. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    importing MP3's are limited by two things

    1) CD-drive speed.
    2) Computer Processor.

    For 1, you can do a test... import the file as an AIFF. Then convert the AIFF into an MP3. That should eliminate the CD bottleneck and you can see if you'll benefit from a faster CD-Rom

    For 2, you can minimze other tasks while your computer is importing... but beyond that, you just have to get a faster computer.

  3. pagemap macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2003
    I always leave my ibook 700 alone when it's importing. My iBook imports a CD at around 5x, or 2.5x if I am working on something and its importing at the same time.
  4. rueyeet macrumors 65816


    Jun 10, 2003
    I've noticed the same thing...The TiBook will import at as much as 8x-10x sometimes, if I'm not doing anything else. If I start doing other stuff while I wait it drops to around 2.5x.

    I've found it also helps to tell iTunes not to play the songs as it imports. Any song playback counts as something else to take up those processor cycles.
  5. pagemap macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2003
    I always turn that off too. For one thing itunes would have to multitask between playing your song and moving the laser back to the song thats being imported. Its unnecessary wear on the CD drive and also eats up cpu cycles.

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