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OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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CDs & DVDs

This pane (Figure 9-7) appears only if your Mac does, in fact, have a DVD drive. It lets you tell the Mac what it should do when it detects that you’ve inserted a CD or DVD. For example, when you insert a music CD, you probably want iTunes to open automatically so you can listen to the songs or convert them to MP3 or AAC files on your hard drive. Similarly, when you insert a picture CD (such as a Kodak Photo CD), you probably want iPhoto to open in readiness to import the pictures into your photo collection. And when you insert a movie on DVD, you probably want the Mac’s DVD Player program to open.

You can tell the Mac exactly which program to launch when you insert each kind of disc, or tell it to do nothing at all.

Figure 9-7. You can tell the Mac exactly which program to launch when you insert each kind of disc, or tell it to do nothing at all.

For each kind of disc (blank CD, blank DVD, music CD, picture CD, or video DVD), the pop-up menu lets you choose options like these:

  • Ask what to do. A box asks what you want to do with a newly inserted blank disc.

  • Open (iDVD, iTunes, iPhoto, DVD Player…). The Mac can open a certain program automatically when you insert the disc. When the day comes that somebody writes a better music player than iTunes, or a better digital shoebox than iPhoto, then you can use the “Open other application” option.

  • Run script. If you’ve become handy writing or downloading AppleScript programs (Chapter 7), you can schedule one of your own scripts to take over from here. ...

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