How to Import Music to your Mac using iTunes
the best quality compression while importing music
When you import songs from CDs to your iTunes library,
you can set the type and quality of compression that
iTunes uses to copy the song. To do so, open iTunes
Preferences and then go to the Importing pane. From
the Import Using pop-up menu, choose an audio format.
MP3 provides high quality with moderate file size.
AAC is the format of songs purchased from the iTunes
Music Store. AAC provides higher quality with smaller
file sizes than MP3. Other available formats are AIFF
or WAV, which are standard audio formats that provide
excellent quality but generate large files. You can
also choose the Apple Lossless Encoder to produce an
audio file with the same quality but about half the
file size of an AIFF or WAV file.
How does iTunes know
which songs are on your CD?
iTunes uses an online service
(known as the CDDB) that stores song identification
information (also known as tags). CDDB supplies the
album title, artist and track names, the year the CD
was recorded, and more for almost two million albums.
If you’re connected to the Internet, iTunes automatically
connects to CDDB and searches for the tags when you
insert a CD into your computer.
How much music can
you store on your computer or iPod?
You can store more
music in iTunes than most people are likely to own
or ever buy in a lifetime. You can have thousands of
songs in iTunes and still have plenty of room for all
the other things you do on your computer. For example,
you can store about 15,000 songs on a 60GB hard disk
or 60GB iPod.
Copy music from a CD to iTunes by following
1. Insert a music CD into your computer.
Notice that iTunes opens automatically.
2. In the list
that appears, use the checkboxes to select or deselect
the songs you want to import. Songs that are selected
will be imported.
3. After you’ve selected the
songs you want to import, click the Import button.
iTunes will begin copying the music from your CD to
your iTunes music library.
4. After the songs are imported,
click the Eject Disk button.
5. Select Library in the
Source list to view all the music in your iTunes library,
including the songs you just imported.
Burning CDs with iTunes
Store more songs
on a single CD
If you want to fit more songs on a CD,
you can burn an MP3 CD. MP3 CDs can store about 150
songs (compared to the 12 or so a standard audio CD
can store), but you won’t be able to listen to
an MP3 CD in a standard CD player. You can, however,
listen to an MP3 CD on your computer or in a special
digital music player that uses the MP3 CD format. You
can select the type of CD you want to burn in iTunes
Burn your purchased music to a
CD or DVD
Its a good idea to burn your purchased music
to a CD to DVD so that you have a backup copy in case
something happens to your computer. Simply click the
triangle next to the Music Store icon in the source
list, select the Purchased Music playlist, and then
click the Burn button.
If your playlist is longer than
the space on a CD
If the playlist is longer than what
will fit on a CD, you can either delete songs from
the playlist or have iTunes burn the remaining songs
on one or more additional CDs (depending on the amount
of space needed).
Copy a playlist to an Audio CD by
following these steps:
1. With iTunes open, insert
a blank CD into your computer.
2. Select the playlist
you want to copy to CD. Before burning your CD, you
can rearrange the songs by dragging them to different
3. At the bottom of the iTunes window, check
the size of your playlist to make sure it doesn’t
exceed the amount of space on a CD.
4. Click the Burn
button to begin copying the songs from your computer
to the CD. You can watch the progress in the iTunes
5. When the files are copied, a CD icon will
appear in the iTunes Source list.
6. Click the Eject
button to eject your CD.