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MacBook Pro - EXTREMELY Slow iTunes Importing


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Hello All...

I'm a 2 month new mac user and so far so great! However, when importing CD's into iTunes, I find myself devising plans to kill myself. Usually I manage around 4x (if I'm lucky) and it takes some CD's over a half-hour to import.

I'm using a MBP Core Duo 2.16 - encoding with AAC 128 (tried MP3, just as slow if not slower it seems). My library is split between an external HD and my MBP and is currently 43 GB.

I love my MBP, but this is a HUGE problem for me... please help!!

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how much RAM do you have? Also, how many other programs are running at the same time. If you have 512MB, and you have a good number of programs running (arrows underneath the icons in the dock), then this could be slowing you down.
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1 GIG RAM

I've tried on a fresh restart, with no programs running - no change. I can get the same results from having 6 programs open or 0. Same lame result. Any suggestions?
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try encoding at 192 kb/s. Since it is closer to original state, it should be a bit faster.
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also....make sure "error correction" is off.....this may be what is slowing your down.
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Is the destination drive for the ripped files your internal or external drive?

If it's the external drive, is it USB or Firewire?
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Is the destination drive for the ripped files your internal or external drive?

If it's the external drive, is it USB or Firewire?
Destination drive is MBP... external isn't even connected when I import. (And it's USB)
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Don't know for sure if this is the problem but I have noticed that the very thin CDROM/DVD drives seem a lot slower than the normal desktop drives. Even my iMac G5's CD/DVD drive is slower at ripping/copying than any modern full sized optical drive in my PC's or Desktop Macs. That might be causing some of the slow performance. Not all Optical drives are that great at ripping. I at one time did tests on maybe 40 different but new CDROM drives and the ripping speed varied widely.

Yours if it's really getting 4x sounds a bit slow to me though. Even my iBook is faster than that. Is it 4x all the way through the CD or just at the beginning?
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Don't know for sure if this is the problem but I have noticed that the very thin CDROM/DVD drives seem a lot slower than the normal desktop drives. Even my iMac G5's CD/DVD drive is slower at ripping/copying than any modern full sized optical drive in my PC's or Desktop Macs. That might be causing some of the slow performance. Not all Optical drives are that great at ripping. I at one time did tests on maybe 40 different but new CDROM drives and the ripping speed varied widely.

Yours if it's really getting 4x sounds a bit slow to me though. Even my iBook is faster than that. Is it 4x all the way through the CD or just at the beginning?
I'm thinking something might be wrong with my drive. 4x is painstaking slow... and 4x is usually the BEST I can get... so 4x is the fastest I've seen it go and it usually ends up importing lower, around 3x.
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That might be it as that is slower than anything I have here. My iBook does at least 12x or more after the first couple of tracks. My iMac G5 gets up to around 20x toward the end of the CD.
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have you tried importing when connected to the mains - or changing the performance levels for battery etc - my MacBook had the same issue and then when i changed this to maximum i was getting much better speeds
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have you tried importing when connected to the mains - or changing the performance levels for battery etc - my MacBook had the same issue and then when i changed this to maximum i was getting much better speeds
I'm a relatively new mac user, and not familiar with this. How can I try that?
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I'm a relatively new mac user, and not familiar with this. How can I try that?
go to user settings, and under Options in System Preferences then go Energy Saver and make the appropriate adjustments in the Processor Performance

basically select better performance for power adaptor and battery then try importing and see if there is a difference - if not i'd contact Apple
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Ok, so I've tried all the suggestions above and still no dice. Perhaps this is a related problem - I burned a few videos onto a CD using a different computer and tried to copy them to my MBP HD. To copy from CD to HD, 700 MB took over 20 minutes.

I'm guessing... I need to contact Apple? What's the best way to do this (aside from going into the store)? Ugh.

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[QUOTE=teb1034;278997]Ok, so I've tried all the suggestions above and still no dice. Perhaps this is a related problem - I burned a few videos onto a CD using a different computer and tried to copy them to my MBP HD. To copy from CD to HD, 700 MB took over 20 minutes.
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After posting this, I began to ask myself - it is NOT normal for a CD copy of 700 MB to take longer than 20 minutes, right? 2 divx AVI files direct from CD-ROM to MBP HD.


BTW, this is a Core Duo MBP 2.16 ghz, standard factory model from Apple Store.
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