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Im about to copy my CDs to HD on my mac mini. So far its copied files to AIFF format. Are these good for storing CD quality music on? Is there a programme like EAC on the PC where i can do an exact CD copy. Thanks for your help.
 
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I don't know about ripping software, but the AIFF file format is lossless, so it's a good way to store your music. Of course, with iTunes, you can always convert those to Apple Lossless, which will take up far less hard drive space.
 
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How many CDs are we talking about, Fickle-Friend? With the mini, HD-space comes at a premium... AIFF is WAV with tags, so you could use iTunes and have it import AIFF & store track information along with it. Due to the space issue I would rather go for Apple Lossless though (it's bit perfect). That is unless "my CDs" <100 or you being willing to stack external FW-drives.

I am not aware of any EAC-like software for Mac.

www.versiontracker.com is always your friend for all kinds of Mac software.
 
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How many CDs are we talking about, Fickle-Friend? With the mini, HD-space comes at a premium... AIFF is WAV with tags, so you could use iTunes and have it import AIFF & store track information along with it. Due to the space issue I would rather go for Apple Lossless though (it's bit perfect). That is unless "my CDs" <100 or you being willing to stack external FW-drives.

I am not aware of any EAC-like software for Mac.

www.versiontracker.com is always your friend for all kinds of Mac software.



Hello Oliver I have like 500 cds to copy. I've noticed that with AIFF its making all the cd files bigger than the size available on a CD. I have 250 gig external HD where all this is going so space isnt a problem.

I'm considering Apple Lossless over .WAV files. Ideally I want to copy the cd as it is so that I can easily rip out CDs at will to play in the car. How do i go about doing this? The mac format is all new to me. Thanks
 
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That's no problem with iTunes. Did you use iTunes before? Be sure to have a look at the options first (command+,) regarding speed, format & spacing.

In order to burn a CD from content you have already imported into iTunes library you have to make a playlist of what you want on it beforehand. You may either:

- Press the little "+" button on the bottom left of iTunes to open up a new playlist and then drag in whatever you like from the library.

or

- use the overview (command+b), select whatever album you want and then just drag it to the left into the column with the library & playlists. That will automatically create a new playlist with the name of the artist & album title.

Now, while the playlist you want to burn is highlighted, you just click the little "burn" icon on the top right. iTunes will ask you for a blank CD-R. After inserting it you click the now glowing button again and it will start to spin & write to the CD.
 
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