Learn how to import CDs using iTunes and the correct preferences to use for importing CDs in this free iTunes video lesson from our iPod user and expert on music downloads.
DREW NOAH: So, now, I'm going to show you how to import CDs into your iTunes music library. And if you're like me, when I started using iTunes, I pretty much just had CDs so I had to go through the tedious process of importing all my CDs into iTunes and you might have to do this too. But I'm just going to show you how to do it and how to set it up so as the best settings for you. So, the first thing I want to do before I start or even insert the CD is set it up. So, what I want to do is go to 'preferences' and on Mac, it's under the iTunes menu--preferences right here but if you're on PC, it'll be under the 'edit' menu at the bottom where you see special characters right here but you'll see 'preferences' if you're on PC. So, I'm just going to go to 'preferences'. Here it is. I'm going to go to 'advanced' and then I'm going to go to 'importing'. And these are my import settings. So, on CD insert, these are your options. You can have it ask to import the CD. You can have it automatically import the CD, automatically import and eject, begin playing or just show CD. And when show CD, it just means that it's going to pop up in the side right here. So, I have it to ask which is pretty nice like--'cause if I don't necessarily need it to import it right away, it's asking me, not automatically doing it. Then you have the options, the Import Using. And by default, this is going to be I believe on AAC encoder which is Apple's encoder. And it's up to you which one you want to use. The reason I switched to MP3 is because it's a more universal format. So, if by default, you see it's an AAC and I just put a CD and I start importing, it's going to be in this AAC format which is locked pretty much to iTunes and iPod. And it's a good format, it's good sound but I decided to leave it on the MP3 encoder in case for some reason I ever wanted to take my music that I've imported and play it on a different player. MP3 is a much more universal format. So, that's up to you. Alright. These other encoders, you probably don't want to mess with AIFF or Apple Lossless or WAV unless you know what you're doing. The main reason like--especially with WAV, these are going to create really large files because they're lossless. So, you want to compress them so you conserve hard drive space and you can put more songs on like, your iPod. So, let me just show you the AAC encoder settings that you can use. You'll probably wanna--you'll want to use--by default, I believe it's on higher quality and you probably won't know a difference, this is just a really high quality so--and then you can go to even higher, 256 kilobytes per second, Spoken Podcast or customize it but if you're new to iTunes, I would just suggest High Quality. If you decide you want to use the MP3, the more universal format, you can go with 'good', 'high' or 'higher quality'. And I'm a big--I love music so I just decided to put it on 'higher quality'. But you can--if you want to conserve space, High quality sounds great. So, decide what you want to set your import settings to before you even insert your CD. And then you've got some other things here, Play songs while importing; and when you import it, it will just start playing and when it's done importing the song, you can decide if you want to leave that on or off. Automatically retrieve CD track names from the internet, I highly recommend leaving this checked because it's retrieve all the track names for you and then all your songs will have the right names in your library. And create file numbers with track numbers, you want to leave that checked. Use error correction when reading audio CDs. Use this option if you experience problems with the audio quality from audio CDs. This may reduce the speed of importing. And you're probably not going to have to use this but I guess, use it if you have these problems. So, when you're done with your settings, just hit okay.