iTunes slow down import speed?

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by MacAztec, Feb 22, 2003.

  1. MacAztec macrumors 68040


    Oct 28, 2001
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Im using iTunes and my Lite-On 52x CD-RW drive to import songs. The drive speed is 52x24x52 (I believe).

    Why does iTunes only import at a max of about 7.0x. Shouldnt it be going a bit faster?

    Is there a different program you guys use to import music?
  2. King Cobra macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
    You could have a 1000000x CD-ROM for all I care. Your computer and your processor plays a "huge" factor in importing music times.

    My iBook 466 imports at a little more than half the rate of B/s as my Cube 0.5GHz.

    The Velocity Engine also plays a part in compressing your audio, as you can tell from the example.

    Another factor to consider is how much you are compressing your audio. Compressions down to 192Kbps means a lesser "loss" of data than compression down to 112Kbps, so it takes less time to compress music to 192Kbps than to 112Kbps. Think of it as trying to keep a slice of paper from unfolding after several folds. The longer you work it and hold it down, the more compressed you can keep it.

    A third factor to consider would be if you have third party applications running in the background, or if you are playing music simutaneously. Doing so consumes CPU power and lessens the rate of importing.
  3. scem0 macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    yeah, I would set them to import as 128 kb/s mp3s.
  4. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    no, i think the point was that ripping to 192 is faster than 128, since it's slightly closer to it's original state.

    it does kind of suck that encoding takes so long, but it's a necessary evil. it's like this on all systems.

    don't feel too bad, on my 400MHz imac, it only rips at like 2.7x.

  5. mac15 macrumors 68040

    Dec 29, 2001
    I use 192kb in iTunes , and I rip it around 10x on my iMac 700mhz G4. It sounds good and gets it done quickly
  6. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Re: iTunes slow down import speed?

    This sounds like you probably have a 667 to 800 MHz G4. It's about the right speed depending on what else you have running on the system.
  7. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Re: iTunes slow down import speed?

    At this point, the theoretical maximum CD read speed of an optical drive doesn't matter as much as a couple of factors.

    The first as already mentioned is the ability of program reading from the disc to handle the data.

    The second is the quality of the disc itself. Some of my very old CDs (for music CDs) only encoded at 2x or so. It depends on a lot of factors in how well the disc was made. And it depends on how well calibrated the equipment was that made the CD in question.

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