Tip of the Week: Streamlined CD-Ripping in iTunes

August 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Every thing you Need to Know

Buying music online may have replaced the act of purchasing compact discs for many people. for those with a closet full of old CDs still waiting to get converted to digital files in iTunes, there is a program setting that can speed up the chore slightly — by making iTunes automatically eject a disc once the songs have been converted to digital files on the computer.

To do so, open the Preferences box in iTunes by pressing the Control and comma keys on the Windows version, or the Command and comma keys on the Mac. (The Preferences are also available under the Edit menu in Windows and under the iTunes menu in Mac OS X.)

In the Preferences box, click the General tab. In the lower part of the box, next to “When you insert a CD,” select “Import CD and Eject.” If you want to check that the tracks from the CD will be converted to your preferred audio format, click the Import Settings button and select AAC, MP3 or another available format.

The General tab in iTunes Preferences also has boxes you can turn on to have the program automatically download track names and artwork for imported albums. Click O.K. to close the Preferences box. now, when you sit next to the computer with a stack of CDs (and maybe a magazine), you can just feed them in as iTunes converts the discs and spits them out for you — while hopefully saving some time with the task.

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