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Burning CDs from an external hard drive

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By Jesse Hollington

Social Media & Software Editor, iLounge
Published: Friday, January 22, 2010
Articles Categories: Ask iLounge, iTunes, Mac, Music

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Q: I use OS X version 10.4.11 on a G4 laptop (Power PC) Mac. If I move my iTunes library to an external hard drive, can I burn a music CD (using my Mac’s internal CD burner) of files which exist on the external drive? In other words, I need to burn CD’s from an iTunes library that exists on an external (USB interface) hard drive.  Can I do it?

- Jim

A: The short answer is yes. iTunes doesn’t really care where your media files are stored; it treats every location equally in that regard.

The only possible problem is if you have a really slow external hard drive, such as an older drive with a USB 1.1 interface. In this case, it’s possible that the data transfer from the external hard drive may not be fast enough for the CD burning process, which might result in errors during the burn. Even in this situation, however, you could simply slow down your burning speed to allow the hard drive transfers to keep up just by selecting a lower “Preferred Speed” in the dialog box that appears when burning a CD.

This would be a pretty rare problem, however, as in most cases even older USB 1.1 hard drives should be able to keep up with normal CD burning speeds, particularly with modern CD-R drives.

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Hello. I have an old ipod 40gb plus 2 1GB shuffles, one for the gym and one for out and about, travelling on the bus etc. The problem is loading music onto the shuffles - often when I try to drag tunes from the library (ripped from normal CD’s I have bought) a message says the tune was not copied as it cannot be played on that ipod. Can you help?
thanks. Suzerne.

Posted by suzerne on January 26, 2010 at 2:27 PM (PDT)

2

if you have a two-year warranty and you break your ipod touch 2G for a certain reason, can you return it to a local apple store and recieve a free new one?

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hi my computer shut down while my ipod ws attached now all my music and videos have been tansferred to “other” on my ipod. is there anyway of getting them back or do i have to sart over again??

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I have been attempting to download apps to my ipod touch second generation.  They show up in the iTunes Store, Applications, but when I synchronize, they do not appear on the ipod.  I have looked through some questions that are relevant, and I do not have (or cannot figure out how to do it) the capacity to change synchronize settings on either the computer or ipod.  I looked at the photo of your ipod that showed the applications tab.  I don’t know where to find it.  I have looked throughout both the computer iTunes Store and ipod.  Please help.

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Hi There,

Is there a usb memory stick that I can save my music files my mac and is compatible with the ipad camera connecting usb port so i can plug it in to the ipad and transfer the files or play straight off the usb stick through the ipad??

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if you could help asap really appreciate it??
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