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Q: I have a few CDs which I cannot import into iTunes.  These CDs, such as Zero 7’s second album, will only play on my PC through their own players. Is there anyway I can load the songs from those CDs onto iTunes and then onto my iPod?

- Karen

A: It sounds like you have some of the dreaded “copy-protected” CDs, designed to prevent you from doing anything other than listen to them in a home stereo. (You may find that some of these CDs won’t work in a car stereo either.) There’s no way to get around this, other than paying attention when you buy CDs to make sure that they are not copy-protected… or hunting on Google for the tricks that people have used to extract the tracks, such as using magic markers on the discs. Unfortunately, disc copy protection is generally only indicated in very small print, so it’s an unpleasant surprise for many people, and incompatible with the way iPod owners are legally enjoying the music they’ve purchased.

Kirk McElhearn is the author of several books including iPod & iTunes Garage. His blog, Kirkville features articles about the iPod, iTunes, Mac OS X and much more.

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I’ve found that to rip copy-protected CD’s using iTunes, you just do the following (on a PC):
1) Start-up iTunes
2) Make sure that it’s started and has the focus (click on the header bar to make sure)
3) Put the CD in.
Every copy protected CD I own has been read by iTunes by following these steps…

Posted by padsbrother on May 27, 2005 at 5:45 AM (CDT)


Re copy-protected CDs…

I’ve had varying experiences. On Mac, I’ve been able to rip some copy-protected CDs, which mount as two sessions. Others, however, have totally frozen one of my Macs, and the only way to get out was to force a restart and use a paper clip to eject the CD before the startup.

I think it depends on the type of copy-protected CD; there are several systems in use. However, it seems that the record companies are slowly realizing that it’s more trouble than it’s worth.

Posted by Kirk McElhearn on May 27, 2005 at 8:45 AM (CDT)


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I upgraded the iPod to 4.8, now it synch or even show my 20GB iPod when I plug it into the computer.
What do I do?  I am using a Windows based PC (Windows XP).
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Posted by shoozdiva on May 31, 2005 at 10:50 PM (CDT)


Sorry this should read:

I upgraded the iPod to 4.8, now it WON’T synch or even show my 20GB iPod (ON SCREEN) when I plug it into the computer.
What do I do?  I am using a Windows based PC (Windows XP).
Thanks for all help.

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Posted by GameocckJC3 on December 27, 2005 at 3:10 AM (CST)

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