Slow CD Ripping Speed On Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by John151, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. John151 macrumors newbie

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    Hello, I am an old time PC person, with my first Mac. I know my PC inside and out, and have even built several PCs in years past. However, I am struggling to figure out how to speed up the CD ripping process on my Mac Mini. I am getting around 4-5x rip speed on most CDs (some are faster, most are not). Surely the "super drive" can spin the disks faster than this. The CPUs are around 67%, so I don't think it is the conversion process.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    What app are you using to rip them? Do you get similar speeds if you're simply copying files from a CD to your Desktop? I really don't think the superdrive is your limiting factor here.
     
  3. John151 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am using iTunes, converting to Apple Lossless (m4a).

    I agree, that the super drive is not the issue. I assume it is a software config thing somewhere.

    BTW - I have attached an external Iomega CD drive that rips much faster (30x-50x). However, iTunes locks up on certain tracks, so I am no longer using the Iomega. However, this does prove that higher speeds are possible.

    Does iTunes limit the speed for reliability/quality?
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    It has an error correction function that'll slow imports down a little, but it shouldn't be all that noticeable. You can turn it on or off in the iTunes preferences, under the importing tab.
     

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