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Old Jan 21st, 2008, 09:56 AM   #1
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Question: How do I make a copy of a music cd?

I'm almost too embarrassed to ask this. I can burn cds from iTunes that I previously ripped, but all I want to do is make a back up copy of a music cd. I'm sure it's really obvious, but burning a disk image to the disk doesn't create something that plays, for whatever reason.
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Old Jan 21st, 2008, 10:14 AM   #2
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Can you use Disc Utility to make an image of the disc and then burn that image to a new disc?

Alternatively, rip it to iTunes using lossless compression or uncompressed and then make a new disc.
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Old Jan 21st, 2008, 10:27 AM   #3
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I'm almost too embarrassed to ask this. I can burn cds from iTunes that I previously ripped, but all I want to do is make a back up copy of a music cd. I'm sure it's really obvious, but burning a disk image to the disk doesn't create something that plays, for whatever reason.
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or buy a package such as "Toast" that has a copy feature
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Old Jan 21st, 2008, 10:38 AM   #4
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Buy Toast. Its an awesome software package that isn't too pricey and will come in handy for burning data and DVD etc.
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Old Jan 21st, 2008, 10:57 AM   #5
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I'm almost too embarrassed to ask this. I can burn cds from iTunes that I previously ripped, but all I want to do is make a back up copy of a music cd. I'm sure it's really obvious, but burning a disk image to the disk doesn't create something that plays, for whatever reason.
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Try LiquidCD, it's free and it works well.

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Old Jan 21st, 2008, 11:03 AM   #6
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It is easy with iTunes! Just make sure the tracks that you import are in AIFF format. If you have MP3s, just use the Convert To AIFF menu selection. Some newer players support MP3 format, but in order to play on the vast majority of players that exist, you are best to use the uncompressed (and native) AIFF format.

Once you have converted said files, the easiest way is to make a new Playlist, pulling over the AIFF files. Make sure you do not have anything larger than 700 MB / 75 Minutes showing, or for even more compatibility with players, try to keep it to 640 MB / 72 Minutes; and less than 49 tracks total (though many players can actually handle 99 tracks).

Burn the disk using iTunes, and it should work. It is best to burn onto CD-R media, CD-RW is not as reflective and many players (especially older players) have troubles reading them.

If you are using an external non-Apple CD or DVD burner, be sure to snag a copy of Patchburn. This will set up the profiles for the drive so that it will work correctly with many aftermarket drives, like Pioneer, Sony, LG, etc...

If it is for backup use, you can also burn the files to DVD, but they will only work on a Mac, unless you use an external utility to burn the disk into a more standard data format.

You can use something like Toast - but iTunes is fully capable of doing this. If yopu have DRM protected music, there are a number of DRM removal tools available for OSX, and you can find these by Googling...
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Old Jan 21st, 2008, 12:02 PM   #7
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Very simple:
OS 10.4’s Disk Utility makes it easy to make an exact copy of a CD or DVD that can be stored on a hard drive as a disk image, or burned to a CD or DVD for future use. First, insert the CD or DVD you want to backup into your Mac. Next, drag the icon of the CD or DVD to the Disc Utility application (which is usually stored in the Applications Folder > Utilities Folder.) In other words, drag and drop the CD or DVD icon on top of the Disk Utility icon.

Disk Utility will launch, and then it will immediately open a window asking you to name the new disk image, and where to save it. Go ahead and save the image to your desktop.

In the Image Format drop-down menu, choose DVD/CD master. This is especially important if you want to burn a copy of the disk, and have it function as an exact clone of original CD or DVD you hope to backup.

Now click “Save.”
A new disk image will be created on your Desktop, with the extension ”.cdr,” It may take a few minutes to create this file.

If you click on the disk image, you’ll see it works just like a CD or DVD. You can store this new disk image on a hard drive. If you want to burn it to CD or DVD, you should again use Disk Utility. Otherwise, you’ll only be burning a copy of the disk image, and not an actual CD or DVD master.

To burn a CD or DVD master, open Disk Utility and look for the disk image of your CD or DVD, on the left side of the window. Usually it’s at the bottom of the list of drives. Now, simply select the image, and then click “Burn.” Follow the directions to burn the disk.

This is a great way to back up expensive software titles and game titles. Many games that require a disk to run will run off of the disk image – great for traveling.
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It is easy with iTunes! Just make sure the tracks that you import are in AIFF format. If you have MP3s, just use the Convert To AIFF menu selection. Some newer players support MP3 format, but in order to play on the vast majority of players that exist, you are best to use the uncompressed (and native) AIFF format.
Why would you add the manual step of converting to AIFF when iTunes will automatically convert your mp3's and AAC's when burning an audio CD??? This step is completely unnecessary.

If you are importing a CD for the sole purposes of copying it, THEN it makes sense to import as AIFF so as not to lose any quality, as Macified suggested.
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Burn is a great open source burning program. It has a simple copy feature where you just drop the CD on the program window and away it goes.
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Old Jan 21st, 2008, 02:55 PM   #10
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Why would you add the manual step of converting to AIFF when iTunes will automatically convert your mp3's and AAC's when burning an audio CD??? This step is completely unnecessary.
Mostly because keep all of my music on my machine in AIFF format. It is a personal preference, as I do not like anything subtracted from my music. As well, converting on the fly can lead to dropouts on the CD, especially if something occurs that beachballs the system. Since AIFF is an image of the original CD audio track, it is best to work with the native format. Of course, if someone is happy with the lossy compression of MP3s, then they can buy an MP3 CD player, and just burn MP3s onto a disk. But, as I stated, for maximum compatibility with CD players, one should only deal with AIFF files and CD-Rs that have no more than 640 MB / 72 Minutes / 49 tracks...
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