No track data - iTunes importing

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Atomike2, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. Atomike2, Feb 17, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2016

    Atomike2 macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2015
    So after years of suffering through the evil intentionally defective DRM on my old iTunes music, I've decided to get rid of it. So, following everyone's advice, I burned a bunch of CDs, planning to re-import the music right afterward. To my surprise, upon inserting the newly minted CDs, iTunes refuses to recognize any of the songs, and merely lists them as track 1, etc. Good grief. This should be the easiest thing ever, and somehow I'm still being punished by the apple DRM. Any help on this would be appreciated. I don't really want to manually type in all the metadata, and I don't have any more blank CDs. So, any workaround to get this data back would be preferable. Also, before it's suggested, I do not want to use Apple Match, since I have no interest in paying apple $25 to fix an apple-caused problem. Using Windows if that makes a difference.
  2. Julien, Feb 18, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2016

    Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    A CD does not contain any metadata. CDs are identified by the number and the length of each track. This combination produces a 'fingerprint' to identify. If you just burn random tracks to a CD it won't be recognized. The tracks must all be the same and in the same order as the original CD for this to work.

    iTunes's hasn't used DRM for years. What happens if you remove/delete a track and then re-download it? Does the new track also have DRM?

    Also it is not an Apple caused problem. DRM was a requirement by the music industry to sell tracks on-line. Apple fought the music industry years to remove DRM.
  3. Atomike2 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2015
    I understand. Somehow on my last disc, I was able to import the files and iTunes recognized the metadata from the playlist (which I still have). So, it seemed that the other discs would work similarly. But no.

    On the topic of DRM, I think we all agree. The DRM truly was an unfortunate and dark chapter in apple history - since they could have really done things very differently - as seen by Google who made apple look pretty pro-DRM by comparison. If there's one trait apple has never had, it's being supportive or helpful to the consumer. I think we're all on the same page.
    Regardless, I'll just be glad to get rid of the DRM finally and be completely rid of apple's closed system (tried an android for the first time and I'll never, ever go back). Thanks for the reply. Good info. It's just the final sting of my previous poor choice in eco-system I guess....

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