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Ripping CDs for iTunes on my new iMac

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#1 of 4 EricSchulz



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Posted April 23 2011 - 11:45 AM

I have run into a bit of a problem:  I have several hundred "home-made" CDs that I've made or received over the past (almost) 15 years which have the paper labels on them with the track info.  Unfortunately, the drive in my Mac gets REALLY fussy with those paper labels (like many car CD players do) and I don't want to ruin my drive, and I hate to lose all that music I accumulated over the years.  Has anyone figured a way to import CDs with labels?  Otherwise, I am looking at getting an external drive, but I want to make sure I am getting one that will be easy to install, Mac-compatible and will accept the paper labelled discs.

Thanks in advance from an iMac newbie!

#2 of 4 DaveF



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Posted April 24 2011 - 12:27 AM

Have you checked to see if you can force the CD import to run at only 1X (and not full speed e.g. 16X)? Reducing the speed would reduce the balance problems of poorly labeled CDs, reduce the stress on the drive mechanism, and possibly work better (if slower).

Also, if this is a longstanding problem, if you can get them ripped, do it as highest quality, lossless format, so you never have to do it again. In the future, you can then transcode the lossless ripped files into whatever you need for your iPod, etc.

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Posted April 27 2011 - 04:39 AM

I would just get an external drive. They aren't expensive. A simple way to go is get a housing and a Pioneer drive to put in it. NewEgg is a good source. I have a couple drives for capturing music so I don't subject the internal drive to excessive wear.

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#4 of 4 EricSchulz



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Posted April 27 2011 - 06:54 AM

Thanks, John.  Apple recommended NewEgg and the prices are pretty cheap, even for good name brands.  Think that's the way I'll go.

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