Fastest Way to Copy a CD in an iMac

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Fastest Way to Copy a CD in an iMac
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Every iMac comes equipped with built-in CD-burning hardware. Utilising this device requires the use of burning software. The most compatible program for an iMac is iTunes, which can be downloaded for free from Apple's website. This program easily enables copying from audio CD to computer, and then vice versa--computer to blank CD. After you successfully burn an audio CD from an iMac, you can play the disc on a home stereo or car CD player.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Download iTunes if it isn't on your iMac yet. Put your audio CD into the computer and you'll be prompted to copy the tracks into your iTunes' music library. Once the entire CD uploads, click and drag the songs in your iTunes music library to a new playlist folder. Create this folder by clicking "File" at the top of the screen. Once you've dragged the CD's songs into the new playlist folder, click once on the folder in the left column of iTunes. You'll now see the track listing.

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    At the bottom right corner, click "Burn Disc." A prompt will ask how fast you want to burn the disc, and the format in which to burn the disc. Select maximum speed, then be sure to set the format to "Audio CD." Now you can click "Burn." The last prompt you'll receive is to place a blank CD into the disc drive.

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    Insert a blank CD into the iMac's disc drive. If the CD is indeed blank and undamaged, iTunes will recognise it and automatically begin the burning process. Only use CD-Rs when you burn audio CDs, because they have a small margin of error compared to CD-RW or dual-layer CDs. The actual burning process will take about three minutes, or faster if you have less than 80 minutes of music being burnt. The disc will automatically eject from the iMac once it's finished, ready for listening.

Tips and warnings

  • iTunes must always be set at "audio CD" in the burn settings (this should be the default setting when you first install iTunes), not MP3 or data CD. You will not be able to listen to your copied CD on most CD players if you burnt it as a data or MP3 CD.
  • Do not open or run other programs while you are copying a CD with iTunes. Running other programs sometimes overworks the computer, causing a burning error and resulting in a wasted disc.

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