Ripping CDs into iTunes

Ripping a CD means “converting its recordings into digital files on the computer.” (Too bad recording-industry executives didn’t know that when they accused Apple’s “Rip, Mix, Burn” ad campaign of promoting piracy, evidently equating “Rip” with “rip off.”)

With the proper iTunes settings, ripping a CD track and preparing it for use with the iPod is fantastically easy. Here’s how to go about it.

Phase 1: Choose an Audio File Format

Before you get rolling with ripping, decide which format you want to use for your music files: MP3, AAC, AIFF, WAV, or Apple Lossless. To make your selection, choose iTunes → Preferences → Advanced (Mac) or Edit → Preferences → Advanced (Windows), click the Importing tab, and, from the Import Using pop-up menu, choose the importing format you want. See Figure 5-4.

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