Slow CD importing on Late 2011 MBP 15"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by redsoxguy676, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. redsoxguy676 macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2012
    Hello everyone.

    I have a late 2011 MBP 15" that I have upgraded the RAM to 8 GB and added an OCZ Vertex 4 256 GB ssd to. When I go to import a cd on the MBP the import speeds are still extremely slow, anywhere between 2.5x to 5x max. Is there any way to speed up the importing process? I have quite a few cds I would like to import to my mac but it is taking forever!
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    The importing speed of audio CDs is limited by the CPU and the speed of the optical disk drive (ODD), adding more RAM and an SSD will not speed up the import process.

    With my C2D 2.0 GHz iMac it took me about 20 minutes to import one audio CD.
  3. chrise2 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2012
    I haven't ripped a CD in a while, but I remember it going pretty fast. I'd think it should go a bit faster than that. I would encode at not a great quality though. If you have the encoding bitrate jacked up, that could affect the speed. What does your CPU look like when you encode?
  4. mike5065 macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2013
    i assume you are using iTunes.

    you could try this: under Preferences...General...Import Settings.... de-select "Use error correction...."

    mine goes from 5x to 30x
  5. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Wow. Thanks for that information - it is very interesting and extremely useful to know, especially for those of us (such as myself) who still import CDs.

    To the OP: I have had this problem, too. Actually, I had a 2008 MBP and I have to say that the internal drive was exceedingly slow (when importing CDs) on occasion which surprised me quite a bit as I thought the whole thing would have been a lot more seamless.
  6. redsoxguy676 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2012
    Thanks for the replies.

    To be honest I thought a newer MBP with a quad core i7 processor with upgraded peripherals would have imported a cd a lot quicker than it is.

    I have tried importing cd with and without error correction and the speed at which it imports stays relatively the same.

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