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  1. #1

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    Apr 24, 2010
    How to Create Virtual CD to Fool iTunes?
    I legally own a number of albums on vinyl, which I have digitized to my PC and edited on my windows PC in aiff or wav (removing pops/ clicks and so on). In addition I have a number of legal CDs that have sufficient read errors to prevent foolproof rips using itunes, so I ripped them using Exact Audio Copy on my PC to aiff or wav; which gave a better rip.

    Now I'd like to import these files into my mac (OS 10.5.8) itunes library. The problem is that itunes will not add title/ track metadata from Gracenote to anything that is not imported from an actual CD into iTunes.

    Is there a way to create a virtual CD drive on the mac to which I will "burn" these files into, creating a virtual audio CD which itunes can see as an audio CD and thus import as an audio CD, looking up track names from GraceNote?

    Note- You will be surprised- GraceNote will find correct title/track info for analog recordings more often than you think. I burned a set of wav files from an analog LP record to audio CD format and it found the correct info; however I don't want to create actual CDs for all these albums and waste the CDs. I'd rather go the virtual CD route if possible.

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    Jun 02, 2008
    Why not convert the files to mp3 and then just add them to the library?

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    Apart from also thinking along with what DaFlake said, here's a VirtualCD application if you really need it.
    Download Virtual CD-RW for Mac - Virtual CD driver.
    Download the demo, and when you decide to buy it you can get it for 25% off (Same page, the sign on the right)
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  4. #4

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    Apr 24, 2010
    Quote Originally Posted by DaFlake View Post
    Why not convert the files to mp3 and then just add them to the library?
    ??? What will that do? I'd just have a bunch of "track1" mp3 files? and "track 2" and so on? It wouldn't lookup the album/ title info which is why I have asked this question.

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    Member Since
    Jun 02, 2008
    OMG, you are going to have to type! How do you think that ITunes is going to determine what it is?

  6. #6

    Member Since
    Jun 02, 2008
    FYI, once you convert them to MP3 and name them blahblahblah.mp3 you can use something like this...

    TuneUp | Digital Music Management & Music Discovery for iTunes & WMP

    This will add the MP3 ID tag you are looking for.

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