Rudimentary question on CD copying...

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Hi there,

Embarrassingly enough, I have never copied a music CD. Prior to now, I have always used my stereo when playing music CDs.

If I were to copy a music CD to play on my Mac, is it simply dragging its contents onto the hard-drive?

Many thanks in advance.
 

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Hi there,

Embarrassingly enough, I have never copied a music CD. Prior to now, I have always used my stereo when playing music CDs.

If I were to copy a music CD to play on my Mac, is it simply dragging its contents onto the hard-drive?

Many thanks in advance.

You can use a program like Toast to do a straight CD to CD copy. You can also "rip" the CD onto your hard drive with iTunes and then burn it back to a new disc by putting the ripped tracks into a Playlist and then using the burn-to disc option.
 
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I only concur with what cwa107 said.

My personal favourite (and free option) is to Import the CD using iTunes and then Burning those Track to a fresh disc.
 

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For coping music from my Music CD's to the Hard Drive on my Macs I just use iTunes like was stated above. Works fast and perfectly. When I insert an Audio CD iTunes asks me if I want to add it to my library.
 
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My personal favourite (and free option) is to Import the CD using iTunes and then Burning those Track to a fresh disc.

I couldn't agree more. That's the real deal.
 
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Here's a little reading:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303599

You can also put an audio cd into the computer and when it mounts on the desk top, double click its icon and that will open it's contents in a finder window. You can then drag and drop the files into any folder you like. But the easiest way is by far itunes.
 
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Doesn't using iTunes degrade the audio quality though? What's the best way to rip and copy CDs without using MP3 format?
 
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iTunes, of course! Because in its preferences you can choose which format to use for the import.
 

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iTunes, of course! Because in its preferences you can choose which format to use for the import.

To expand upon what MHC already said, as long as you choose a "lossless" format, it should be fine.
 
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I had no idea that a LOT of tasks were that easy with MAC...
 
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On this note, i have several videos in avi format (use vlc to play them) on my MB. If i were to copy them onto a cd through finder, would I be able to then watch those videos on a pc? gracias
 

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