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How to Rip Music from CDs into iTunes

2 of 7 in Series: The Essentials of iTunes

You can rip music from a CD and import it into iTunes, thus copying songs from your CDs to your iTunes library. Then you can add the ripped songs to your iPod. So your CDs aren’t useless just because you got an iPod!

1

Insert an audio CD into your computer.

The songs appear in the List pane as generic, unnamed tracks at first. If your computer is connected to the Internet and you’ve turned on the option to automatically retrieve song information from the Internet, and if the CD is in the Gracenote CDDB database, iTunes automatically retrieves the track information.

2

Click Yes on the dialog box that appears to import (and skip to Step 5) or No to set options first.

Click the No button to set preferences and import settings, to set songs to be skipped, or if you see unnamed tracks rather than the proper track, artist, and album names in the List pane. If all you need to change are the import settings, click the Import Settings button in the lower-right corner of the List pane.

3

(Optional) Deselect the check boxes next to any songs on the CD that you don’t want to import.

iTunes imports only the songs that have check marks next to them; when you remove the check mark next to a song, iTunes skips that song.

4

Click the Import CD button.

The Import CD button appears next to the Import Settings button in the lower-right corner of the List pane after you insert a CD. The status display shows the progress of the operation. To cancel, click the small x next to the progress bar in the status display.

iTunes displays an orange, animated waveform icon next to the song that it’s importing. When iTunes finishes importing each song, it displays a check mark next to the song. iTunes chimes when it finishes the import list.

5

When all the songs are imported, eject the CD by clicking the Eject button When all the songs are imported, eject the CD by clicking the Eject button next to the disc name in the Devices section of the Source pane.

You can also choose Controls→Eject Disc to eject the disc. Mac users can press the Eject button on the upper-right corner of the Mac keyboard.

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