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How to import CD tracks to iTunes

New to the world of iPod and digital music management?  What better way than to load all your audio CDs into iTunes and begin building your library.  This can be a daunting task if your collection is large, but worry not; Apple makes it easy, and iLounge is here to help. This is the first article in our new iPod 101 series to help our readers get familiar with basic functionality of the iPod and music management software. Today we start with iTunes for Mac or Windows.

First, make sure you’re running the latest version of iTunes for Mac OS X or Windows.  Chances are that the iPod you received shipped with an outdated version.  Bypass the Install CD entirely and download the latest version of iTunes from  Install it on your computer (Mac OS X or Windows XP, 2000), and follow the instructions below to begin building your song library.


First, we will set up the format you wish to import your music as.  Go to the “Edit” menu (“iTunes” menu on OS X), and select “Preferences…” Select the “Importing” tab.  Apple’s default preference is 128Kbps AAC encoding.  You may choose a higher bitrate to encode at if you wish; you will experience higher sound quality, but each song will take up more space, meaning you will be able to fit less music on your iPod.  While many agree that AAC offers superior quality over MP3 at equivalent bitrates, iTunes also allows you to choose MP3 encoding if you need greater compatibility with other players, people, and devices. 

The AIFF and WAV options are for special uses only. In most cases, you will not want to use these uncompressed audio codecs, because it creates very large file sizes.



Once you choose your encoding preferences, the rest is easy.  Insert an audio CD, and iTunes will attempt to retrieve the album and track titles from CDDB (an Internet database for such information).  Within a second or two, your album information is populated and the CD shows up in the “Source” column in the left of the window.

Double-check the track information listed and correct if needed… by single clicking on a text field twice.  You can batch edit the information for multiple tracks by shift-clicking or control-clicking to select multiple tracks, followed by a right click and “Get Info.”



Once your tracks are titled properly, click the “Import” button in the top right.  iTunes will take a few minutes to digitally encode (or “rip”) the tracks on the CD to your hard drive.

Once imported, your songs will appear in your “Library” (See “Source” column on left).  Unless you have selected other advanced options for iPod syncing, everything in this Library will be automatically synchronized to your iPod each time it is connected to your computer.

Get yourself a tall glass of [insert favorite beverage here], and repeat as needed.  Once your library has been fully digitized, you can start to truly enjoy your music through the features and simplicity of iTunes and the iPod.

Jerrod H. is a Forum Administrator and Contributing Editor for iLounge.

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Nicely put, know how to rip but have just got my ipod and was unsure of ripping options in itunes, thanx.

Posted by KEZ on December 24, 2003 at 5:23 AM (CST)


Thanks for this article! Really needed to know how to do all this ripping stuff!! Only got mine yesterday, so christmas will be filled with new cd’s getting put onto the computer and the ipod!

Posted by Zvaan on December 24, 2003 at 6:02 AM (CST)


I actually found that really usefull. thanks loads

Posted by fiona on December 25, 2003 at 12:35 PM (CST)


Pretty useful article. I’m not very good w/ computers, but did figure out how to rip cd’s lol. But now i now how to change which bitrate I encode at :)

Posted by Syph on December 27, 2003 at 5:41 AM (CST)


What iTunes for Windows??  My new iPod CD did not contain iTunes for Windows software.  It came with MusicMatch Jukebox which I have found to be rather difficult to understand and have not figured out how to copy more than one song at a time into the iPod itself.  I assume iTunes for Windows is better? Should I download this and get rid of the MusicMatch Jukebox and the Audible Manager?

Posted by MrBill on December 27, 2003 at 8:09 PM (CST)


I have found iTunes to be much better than MMJB.  Check out the download link embedded in the article above.

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on December 27, 2003 at 9:10 PM (CST)


Thanx Jerrod for your article ! It has save my time.
After some comments above I realise I’m (was and will be for ever) an idiot and I should kill myself for this… but I don’t know technically how…
So I will hear my music instead.

Posted by Sansnom on December 28, 2003 at 6:02 AM (CST)


all good but what if u cant get music on your ipod becouse of know where has the usb cable thing for ipod in stock

Posted by luke on December 28, 2003 at 7:34 AM (CST)


A good article, but my problem is with getting music from ipod back onto the computer. Can someone tell me the download to use?

Posted by Chris on December 28, 2003 at 10:18 AM (CST)


Check the “Downloads” section of iPodlounge, and look for “PodUtil.”

There are several others in the Download section of the website as well.

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on December 29, 2003 at 12:10 AM (CST)


I am having a very strange problem importing my CD’s into iTunes.  I put the CD in the drive, and iTunes recognizes the CD.  It then pulls up the track list from the Internet database, and it looks like it is ripping each of the tracks from the CD onto the hard drive.  But the process goes much too fast, and then when I go to look at the tracks on the hard drive (through iTunes), all of the tracks are listed, but with a track time of 0:00.  Of course, when I go to look at the actual file that was copied onto the hard disk it is way too small (all of the files are 51KB).  I have tried everything I can think of, but I can’t fix this problem.  (I know that the CD drive is fine, because when I try to rip the CD using another software program—like Windows Media Player—it rips just fine.)  Does anyone have a solution to this problem?

Posted by Larry S on December 29, 2003 at 1:16 AM (CST)


Larry—you are hitting the “import” button aren’t you?

This is a nice little article—I’ve been iPoding since May and didn’t know you can edit the track before ripping…

Posted by P'ha on December 29, 2003 at 9:44 AM (CST)



The only thing I can think of that might cause your problem is that QuickTime may not have installed properly.

When you install iTunes, it installs the latest version of QuickTime (6.5), which “secretly” handles the audio encoding for AAC (mp3 too???).

Try re-installing iTunes 4.2, make sure it completes fully and properly, and reboot when told to :-)

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on December 29, 2003 at 10:19 AM (CST)


There are a lot of comments on the Apple website about my problem:

For example,[email protected]@.599e4343[email protected]@.599e6a2b

I have traced the problem to the Samsung CD ROM drive (which came with my Dell computer).  Apple tech support has been completely unhelpful.  So, this afternoon, I took the path of least resistance and went out and spent $30 and bought a new CD ROM drive.  Now it is importing fine.

Posted by Larry S on December 29, 2003 at 6:23 PM (CST)


Hi there

I already have some 11GB worth of songs in my ITunes library (for Windows). When I try to add MP3 files or whole album folders from my external Harddisc, ITunes uses-up the whole CPU and blocks/crashes. Does anyone have the same problem? or is my PC crap (Pent III, 512MB RAM, XP pro)?

tx - Pat

Posted by Pat on December 30, 2003 at 7:09 AM (CST)



Audio CD does not appear in my Source list.  My PC is reading the CDs as it is possible to play them in Windows Media Player.

I don’t have the required USB/Firewire cable as yet but surely I can download my CDs onto iTunes in preparation?

Any suggestions?

Posted by Julie in London on December 31, 2003 at 3:30 AM (CST)


wheres the best place to get free songs from?

Posted by ian on December 31, 2003 at 6:22 AM (CST)

9918 is a good p2p thing for free music (amongst other stuff). you have to ignore all the go pro! stuff and click on the really tiny link to download the free version. from there its plain sailing. (NOTE: i do not endorse the illegal downloading of music.) <——that shud deal with the RIAA or in england the crown copywrite people…

Posted by Bill Henderson on January 1, 2004 at 5:29 AM (CST)


can you rip a cd without having to keep it in your library (in your hard drive on pc)and add to it other cd as you get them

Posted by mkratty on January 1, 2004 at 9:03 AM (CST)


This might be a very silly question, and i apologise.  However, i got my iPod in Japan (which makes sense, since i live here), and the instruction manual is in Japanese, which i unfortunately can’t read.

Anyways, if i am reading correctly…when i hook up my iPod, it pulls in all the music currently in my iTunes library, yes?  Can i have it not do that?  i use my girlfriend’s mac, and she has an awful lot of music in her library, most of which i don’t want.

Anyways, yes, possibly a foolish question, but one i wanted to get sorted out before i start monkeying around with my new toy.

Posted by Chris, Waffle King on January 1, 2004 at 6:56 PM (CST)


errrrr…. i dunno about macs but on windows when u insert the ipod it has a little ipod looking button on the bottom ‘panel’ click it and select ‘only update checked songs’ then u have the hard and boring task of unselecting all the songs u dont want.

Posted by Bill Henderson on January 2, 2004 at 1:36 AM (CST)


refering to last post >>> this will not delete the songs u dont want though so if u do the above then restore your ipod then sync it u shud have only the stuff u want! + u can download the english instruction booklet from apple support and it comes in a handy .pdf format.

Posted by Bill Henderson on January 2, 2004 at 1:41 AM (CST)


mkratty the awnser to your question is yes and no. at 1 stage the songs will have to be in your library. insert CD rip to library then once its all done select all tracks of that CD and ‘clear’ them from your library making sure not to ‘delete’ them when it prompts u. and hey presto the songs are on you hard drive but not in your library!

Posted by Bill Henderson on January 2, 2004 at 1:45 AM (CST)


julie in your case i think there may be something wrong with either itunes, quicktime or your cd rom. download the latest itunes ( (which comes with quicktime (6.5)) if that does not work download the latest drivers for you cd rom (they are useually availible from the manafactuers website) and last but not least buy a new cd rom (around

Posted by Bill Henderson on January 2, 2004 at 1:50 AM (CST)


Thanks Bill.  Since I posted my query I’ve downloaded MMJB which works fine which makes me think it must be itunes as I have a brand new PC.

Just waiting for the USB/firewire cable and then will be all systems go!

Thanks again.

Posted by Julie on January 2, 2004 at 2:46 AM (CST)


your welcome any more questions?

Posted by Bill Henderson on January 2, 2004 at 4:21 AM (CST)


I have a 40GB iPod but I can’t spare 40GB on my Hard Disk. Also, I want to use my iPod with both my desktop and laptop PC’s.

So I want to stop iPod from deleting tracks that aren’t on my Hard Disk but would like to retain the ease of automatic updating. Any ideas how I can achieve this?

Posted by Simon Lay on January 2, 2004 at 12:09 PM (CST)


Is there anyway of starting from scratch with the IPOD and ITUNEs ?
I have removed ITUNE several times and re-installed it but it still defaults to a library that was created when I first installed the product.
Similarly wit the IPOD - is there a way of clearing everything and starting again ?


Posted by Steven W on January 2, 2004 at 12:12 PM (CST)


stephen w… go into itunes and make sure can see all your songs. click edit > then select all. then right click on 1 of your songs in the library (they shud all be blue) then click clear. be sure only to clear it from the lirary and NOT from the harddisk. (it will ask u wat to do.) itunes shud be almost reset (just clear up any playlists etc.) as for the ipod just restore it using the ipod update v2.1 which is avalible at they shud both b bak to almost default settings. (i have not actually tried this solution as i have not wanted to clear itunes and ipod but i am sure it will work. feedback appreciated)


Posted by Bill Henderson on January 2, 2004 at 1:26 PM (CST)


simon lay, your question seems a little vague but i will give it a go. i think what you are trying to achive is impossible with itunes as all itunes really does is sync the ipod with the library and you may want to switch application if your using windows. consider choosing a program which allows you to manually transfer your songs which will alow you total control over your ipod unfortunately the compromise is ease of use. sorry i couldt be of more help. if you discover a better way of doing it please tell me!

Posted by Bill Henderson on January 2, 2004 at 1:40 PM (CST)


Hi, I have a few questions bout the advanced options in the mp3 encoding options menu. I choose the custom option and go for 320kbps. There are 4 options there - sample rate, stereo mode, smart encoding adjustments and filter freqs below 10hz. Normally i leave the settings as auto, joint stero and the other 2 options checked. But im not sure how this affects the quality of the ripped files. Could you please advise regarging how changing these otions would affect my output file ? Many thanks

Posted by ccj on January 3, 2004 at 12:07 PM (CST)


thanks bill for the answer but i may have missled you
what i want to do is to delete songs off of my pc,s hard drive but keep them on the ipod but as i get new cds still be able to add them to the ipod.
with i tunes as i up date the ipod it deletes the songs not on my pcs hard drive?
i hope that explains it?????

Posted by mkratty on January 3, 2004 at 4:13 PM (CST)


So there is no way to download right onto the iPOD. I have a really old computer (only 4GB h-drive) and no more room for CD’s. Received 20GB iPOD for Christmas and was excited at the prospect of being able to carry every CD I own on it. From what I’m reading, that doesnt seem possible. Which really really sucks. Already had to purchase Windows XP (originally running 98) as well as a bunch of other crap to make this work, and now I don’t want to have to buy more h-drive space or a whole new computer. PLEASE HELP!!! This is becoming really expensive and is bumming my girlfriend out since her generous gift is not turning out as she had hoped.

Posted by Dweeb on January 3, 2004 at 7:52 PM (CST)


Never mind. Too hasty in asking questions. I think I got it. Following the advice found on one of the forums. Thanks anyway. ROCK ON!!!

Posted by Dweeb on January 3, 2004 at 9:06 PM (CST)


Yeah, so here’s a couple question for the iTunes for windows users.  Love my new 20gb ipod, thing rocks, but when I put cds into my comp, itunes doesn’t recognize the cd at all.  I’ve been considering reinstalling itunes, but I have 3500+ songs loaded into it, and since adding them, I’ve modified much of their information (track name/album/artist/etc.)  Will exporting the list of songs be sufficient to save my current settings for a fresh install and then importing that list?  Thanks…....

Posted by EnderWiggin on January 4, 2004 at 12:05 AM (CST)


Oh yeah, little addition to the previous post, the reason I want to rip cds with iTunes so badly is because I’ve been using winamp, and it only does 112kbit ripping.  iTunes can do higher quality, and it’s soooooo stinkin easy to use….alright….thanks…........

Posted by EnderWiggin on January 4, 2004 at 12:08 AM (CST)


dweeb can you share your advice with mkratty he seems to be having the same problem

Posted by Bill Henderson on January 4, 2004 at 6:44 AM (CST)


mkratty and bill (and myself).....

I think I have found a way to get around the deleting of files on the PC whilst retaining them on the iPod issue. I think that if you delete the .mp3 file on your hard disk manually but don’t delete the iTunes library entry, you will get an error (i) icon next to that tune in the library, but iTunes won’t delete the file from iPod when you next sync.

You can also manually sync. instead and and uncheck every file in the iPod, but if you did this and ever re-installed iTunes or updated it etc. it will default back to automatic sync. and the first time you connect your iPod it might delete the lot. It may not, but I don’t know about you but I’ve just spent nearly every waking hour over the last few weeks transferring CD’s to my iPod and I don’t want to risk having to do that again!

Posted by simon lay on January 5, 2004 at 2:30 AM (CST)


My problem is that I have previously ripped CDs and songs purchased from that I can’t seem to get into the Library.  They are all in the folder structure under iTunes, but not in the Library.  When I try to Add File to Library or Add Folder to Library, nothing happens.  When I try to Import, there are only 3 suffixes to choose from (*.txt and 2 others).  When I purchase stuff from iTunes, it gets into the Library and when I now import from CDs, they’re fine.  Help?

Posted by jpa2825 on January 5, 2004 at 2:19 PM (CST)


Also, an easy way to import multiple CDs into iTunes is to go to Edit -> Preferences and check the Import and Eject option under Do This When CD is Inserted.  Creates a great assembly line—when 1 pops out, put another in and it imports it.  REMINDER - change the setting once you’re done b/c you probably don’t want this to be a permanent setting.

Posted by jpa2825 on January 5, 2004 at 2:26 PM (CST)


cheers simon i will try that later when i have more time and see if it works.
i have over 1500 songs and i dont want too lose the lot!!!!!!!
especially since when i first started using i tunes i did not realise it used a cd database to identify the cd when online.
i spent hours typing them in manually.
what a wally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by mkratty on January 6, 2004 at 9:38 AM (CST)


thanks simon

i was stumped how to awnser that question!


Posted by Bill Henderson on January 6, 2004 at 1:56 PM (CST)


I think someone has already asked this but I’m not sure if it got answered.  I’m soon to be the proud owner of a little white bundle of joy and was wanting to know if there is another way of putting music on to your ipod rather than ripping it onto your computer.  I’ve got a pretty big music selection, and unfortunately I’m not in the position to be able to keep 20 gigs worth of ripped music on my hard drive.  Any suggestions?

Posted by Kev Dunnill on January 6, 2004 at 3:15 PM (CST)


Hi, does anyone know if it is possible to transfer .wma files from the hard drive to itunes. I have a large collection which I imported via Windows Media Player. Do I have to import my whole libray again onto itunes?

Posted by nick on January 7, 2004 at 4:20 AM (CST)


I am using iTunes 4.2. I am getting very slow CD importing speed (maximum of 4X). A single CD import takes more then 15 minutes. I am encoding MP3 format.

On the same machine MusicMatch can rip CD in 5 minutes. 

Am i missing something.

Posted by Ram on January 7, 2004 at 5:15 AM (CST)


Nick—I think that’s my problem as well.  iTunes does not support *.wma.  A different thread suggested for software options to convert *.wma to *.mp3.  You could also simply re-rip into iTunes.  Finally, if you don’t have the source material, you can burn from *.wma to CD and then rip back from the CD into iTunes.  None of which are easy answers.

Posted by jpa2825 on January 7, 2004 at 6:09 AM (CST)


cheers all tried the tip and it works .happy now .
kevin try what simon said to do it does work,
but just drag and drop the new songs out of the library into the ipod then delete from your pc s itunes folder in my music

Posted by mkratty on January 7, 2004 at 10:29 AM (CST)


Thanks !!!!!  You da man

Posted by Craig on January 7, 2004 at 9:58 PM (CST)


one question. how do you import a cd without having the spaces in between tracks? like for mix-cds for continuous music without breaks. i read somewhere that it’s possible…anyone know how?

Posted by pinoiboirich on January 8, 2004 at 12:54 AM (CST)


Please can anybody help with a trivial problem I have?  Travis’s 12 Memories is not recognised automativally by iTunes (like all others I have tried) is it soemthing to do with the extra material on the cd like movies? How can I get around this?


Posted by Steve on January 9, 2004 at 12:59 PM (CST)


i dont know?????????????

Posted by mkratty on January 9, 2004 at 4:52 PM (CST)


Steve: That CD might just not be in the Gracenote CDDB. You can search for it to confirm by using this link:

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on January 9, 2004 at 5:03 PM (CST)


Yay! I didn’t realize that you could crank the bitrate so high. I figured that 128 kbps was the max for my CDs when ripping. I’d always used WMP for ripping, and converted later, but my new 320 kbps mp3s are audio bliss. mmmm…...

Posted by Existential McMuffin on January 10, 2004 at 2:08 AM (CST)


Maybe a very silly question, but is each song “stored” on both the i-pod and the PC or just on the i-pod?

Posted by Thing on January 10, 2004 at 4:56 AM (CST)



You can set it up either way.  Come to the forums, and we’ll help you to set it up the way you’d prefer it to be.

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on January 10, 2004 at 5:25 PM (CST)


Hi - New to ipod and itunes and I’m having the same problem EnderWiggin is having. I put the CD in, try to get track names… but nuthin. And the times are all screwed up too. I have a cable internet hookup that on all the time so it should be connecting to the CDDB no problem. I’ve tried re-installing itunes with the same result.

Any ideas? Thanks.

I really want ot love this great gift my wife gave me but so far just frustration…

Posted by bob on January 10, 2004 at 7:22 PM (CST)


hi. . HELP! i’m not sure if what i’m about to ask has already been posted, but there are just too many comments for me to read. anyways, i’m having a hard time with my iTunes because since most of my cd’s are writable, iTunes doesn’t recognize it, so i have to tag each and every one of the songs. but the hard part is looking for the album title. does iTunes have a program or something which will recognize the song and artist then will provide the album where the song is from? i tried the search engine but it usually ends with a “none” or “no search is found”, i wrote finger 11 and they didn’t have finger 11. i’m looking for something like the “look up tags” from musicmatch, or whenever you play a song in realone player, the album where it’s form is shown. i hope someone out there understands me. thank you.

Posted by mishi_eat_world on January 10, 2004 at 11:58 PM (CST)


try gracenote . thats what i tune uses

Posted by mkratty on January 11, 2004 at 2:38 PM (CST)


Is there anyway i can close the gap in between my house songs??? and is there any way i can delete songs off my harddrive pc without deleating them from my i-pod..thanx

Posted by Onairda on January 12, 2004 at 6:10 PM (CST)


CD Rip protection? How does iPod handle that? There are a number of new CD’s out, the Dare Devil Soundtrack I know off hand, that has a special CD Rip Protection code on it that prevents successful “ripping”. It’s been one of my biggest pet peeves about this sound track. (Think of it as a VHS movie fading in and out on playback of a copy).

Will iPod successfully rip this CD into MP3 or even AAC format correctly with out the distortion in the songs (fading, beeping or ‘scratch’ sound).

Posted by Philip on January 12, 2004 at 8:30 PM (CST)


how do i use gracenote?

Posted by mishi_eat_world on January 13, 2004 at 6:10 AM (CST)


run i tunes put a cd in your drive while online and gracenotes works automatically
it names all tracks and cd and puts in a catagory
it does form me anyway!!!!!!!!

Posted by mkratty on January 13, 2004 at 10:24 AM (CST)


Some CD’s seem to be mastered awfully loud.  While its great for listening on the stereo, when I ripped it onto Itunes there was clipping galore all over the place.  Is there a solution to this?  Sorry if this has been answered.  I’m a newb when it comes to this stuff (just got an ipod).

Posted by Jason Priestley on January 13, 2004 at 1:56 PM (CST)


Dweeb dude, I am in the exact same situation, the wife gave me the 20G iPod for Christmas too, had to spring for an upgrade to XP and a firewire card and yes my aggravations are bumming her out too.

To add to this is Windows now ‘sees’ the Ipod but the itunes does not.

In light of your post I think it is part of larger conspiracy to get people to upgrade their HW.

Patience hang in there.

Sorry that I could do little but commiserate with you.

Posted by Not a rich man on January 16, 2004 at 1:24 AM (CST)


When I try to listen to a song in itunes, the speakers crackle and the cd struggles to play and before you say it’s the speakers, the speakers sound fine when listening through windows media libary any ideas?

Posted by confused!! on January 16, 2004 at 12:28 PM (CST)


not a rich man . how long are you leaving it till you ipod is reconised it does take a few minutes to see it .
mine is recognised first by windows and then it takes maybe 1 or 2 mins for itunes to pick it up try that it depends on your proccessor speed i think!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by mkratty on January 16, 2004 at 2:06 PM (CST)


I’m sure I saw the answer to this somewhere on this site but I can’t find it now so apologies for repeating the question…

I’ve now got my iPod and I’m ploughing my way through a pile of CDs ripping them to iTunes. Is there any way to automate it so that it automatically starts the import and then ejects the CD at the end? I’m using iTunes on WinXP.


Posted by Graham on January 18, 2004 at 6:32 AM (CST)


I am using PC (Windows) to upload my cd’s to my iPOD.  Everything works and it’s all pretty straight forward except, I’m not getting the CDDB to upload my track lists, it’s like it does not link up at all?  Any suggestions on what I’m doing wrong?

Posted by Kris on January 19, 2004 at 7:37 AM (CST)



Yes.  That option is in the Importing tab of the Preferences window.

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on January 19, 2004 at 5:42 PM (CST)


azdude_15gb: thanks.

I also just saw the reply up at the top of this page that answered my question days before I even asked it… Maybe I should look more carefully next time!

Posted by Graham on January 19, 2004 at 11:08 PM (CST)


My itunes software is not recognizing my CD so I cannot import songs. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by mackberg on January 23, 2004 at 8:53 AM (CST)


Sometimes when loading a CD into the drive iTunes won’t recognise the tracks - even if I hit “Get Info” - what can I do to solve this

Posted by Brian on January 30, 2004 at 12:40 PM (CST)


It seems as though a few of us are having the a similar problem.
I have a dial up connection and am ripping cds to itunes. I then try try to get the album name and track listing and the itunes just freezes up.

Any suggestions?

Posted by Marty on January 31, 2004 at 8:41 PM (CST)


Thanx for all the questions and answers. I have some questions to. I hope someonbe can help.

Firstly, the easy one, I have loads of files, AAC and MP3, on my hard drive. I noticed somehow in Itunes that it was showing duplicate tracks. I went through deleting them - I think I used the menu option file delete. This cleared them from Itunes and not my hard drive. Somehow I deleted too many tracks and although they still exist on the hard drive. So I tried re-importing - can’t remember which option and Itunes didnt update. How do I refresh Itunes with all the tracks on my hard drive.

Finally, I too have a LAN between laptop and desktop but with the firewire connection in the laptop but all my collection on the desktop. The Laptop doesnt have enough room for my whole collection. At the moment I am mirroring my laptop collection. Can I transfer my desktop collection to my ipod via the lan network? And how?

Many thanks in advance.

Posted by Markincrookes on February 12, 2004 at 6:20 AM (CST)


Can someone spare a few minutes to help me out please? My only problem is trying to make the iTrip work. I have downloaded Music Jukebox (necessary for syncing itrip stations on ipod) but the damn thing just won’t sync !  On the manual it says that a blue LED should appear on the itrip to indicate the proper functioning, whereas I only get a bloody red light, even if the itrip stations are actually on my ipod.  Please help !  Another quick question:  can you delete tracks from the ipod?  If so, how?
Thanks !!

Posted by Tom on February 14, 2004 at 9:09 AM (CST)


Tom, if you have an iTrip for a 3G iPod, I think the red LED is standard. I noticed that error when I was looking at the manual for my iTrip (that will teach me for reading the manual!!)

Also, Griffin have new software for Windows that synchronises the iTrip stations with iTunes. That may help you to get them onto your iPod.

If you have space in the FM dial to get a clear signal, iTrip is great!

Posted by Graham on February 17, 2004 at 9:16 AM (CST)


Try this to rip CD’s directly to your IPOD…tell me how it works, I’m about to buy a 40G Ipod, but only if its easy for me to transfer all my cds (600+) to the IPOD.

Posted by HMTtheMAN on February 24, 2004 at 6:14 PM (CST)


I am having trouble getting the track details retrieved from CDDB. I have a new 20GB Ipod, which came with ITunes ( not Music Match). I am a PC user, and have the software loaded onto an acer laptop with XP Pro. I do have connectivity to the internet via Itunes ( I can open the music store), but it does not seem to beable to retrieve data from CDDB.

Any ideas? I have switched firewall off and disabled XP security .

Thanks for your comments.

Posted by Clare van Eck on March 12, 2004 at 7:38 PM (CST)


so, I am not “techy” at all, but I’m a proud owner of a new 15g Pod…..this 101 stuff is right up my alley.
In your screen shot, it shows that you’re importing at a speed of (12.5x) - I can’t get anything to import over (1.5x). very frustrating. Is tha tnorlam for windows 2000?. How do I speed things up?

Posted by Kathy on March 15, 2004 at 11:32 AM (CST)


i have a 10gb ipod for windows and about 1300 songs in my library…sadly itunes will only export 1040 songs to my ipod and isn’t letting me transport the rest, including some i bought from itunes…it says that certain songs are not compatible and blah blah…any suggestion on how i can get all my songs onto my ipod…thanks!!

Posted by jamie on March 27, 2004 at 5:44 PM (CST)


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Posted by MadPict in UK on March 28, 2004 at 8:27 AM (CST)


Great article. I was wondering if you can help me. I just statred using itunes to import my CDs to my ipod. Hoever the import speed is really slow. At max it just goes to there anyway to increase it? Thanks

Posted by mesmerise in SEA on April 7, 2004 at 4:51 AM (CDT)


Thanks for your compliments, and yes.

Make sure that
“Use Error Correction when Importing Audio CDs” is turned off in iTunes preferences.

Also, try closing other programs when you’re importing to free up some memory.

Aside from that… importing speed is largely dependent on the condition of the CD (scratches), your processor speed, and the amount of RAM you have.

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on April 7, 2004 at 7:53 AM (CDT)


Somone Please Help.

I just got my ipod and imported all my exsisted cds i ripped on my harddrive last month in mp3 form using a program like DMC.  Is acc better format then mp3? Should i re-rip all of my cds? From now on i want to use itunes to rip my cds i guess this is the same as the above question. Should i start ripping in acc or mp3?

Posted by Andy on April 10, 2004 at 11:34 AM (CDT)


Andy,  I have a little over 100 tracks in AAC and all the rest of my music is MP3’s.  My library is at 4,782 songs now.

You can use both mp3 and aac for iTunes.  Set the bit-rate by going to Edit then Preferences then Importing in iTunes.  My mp3 setting is at 96kb’s and AAC is at 128k’s.  Only the tracks I purchased from the music store are in AAC at 128k’s.

Posted by iPodite on April 10, 2004 at 7:57 PM (CDT)


Hey, I’ve only got windows 98 on my pc. Will itunes still work and if so how long am i looking at for uploading songs to the ipod? I’ve only got a USB port and i heard that i can buy a firewire port pretty cheap. I sthis a good idea?

Posted by Anon and lovin it on April 13, 2004 at 9:57 AM (CDT)


Okay, i used this tutorial…but it didn’t work.  I put the cd in the CDROM drive, and nothing happens.  Help….. ANYONE?

Posted by Herbie on April 13, 2004 at 4:20 PM (CDT)


Same problem here. But the funny thing is that when I first startup my PC and put in a CD, iTunes is able to detect the CD. However, after importing the songs and I put in another CD, iTunes cannot recognise the 2nd CD. However, if I go to Windows Explorer, I am able to see the tracks from the CD. Only when I restart my PC then iTunes is able to read the 2nd CD. Anyone can help?

Also, sometimes when I am importing from a CD, iTunes gets stuck halfway through the importing of a song. I waited for ages and still nothing happens. I’ll need to end the program and re-boot the computer. I try importing the same song again and it’s ok. Anyone has a similar problem and a solution? Thanks!

Posted by Newbie on April 15, 2004 at 8:48 PM (CDT)


Hi…I know this has been already posted but my iTunes won’t rip/import any of my CD’s. At first it’ll import them and then when I go to the library, they are all 0 seconds!! Why?? I don’t feel like I should have to buy a new CD drive when I’ve paid this much money for an iPod. It’s not the CD drive what’s wrong…Please help!

Posted by Stephanie Homsy on April 17, 2004 at 12:04 AM (CDT)



This tutorial is great but is there a way to import tracks from Copy Protected CDs?
For now the only way I have is to use Windows Media Player 9 to import the songs to my hard drive and then convert the .WMA files to AAC and import to my iTunes library.
Anything simpler?
(other than not buying any copy protected CDs ;-))

Thanks in advance

Posted by Cybergogo on May 1, 2004 at 8:26 AM (CDT)


I have already filled about 1087 songs 9.2GB on my 20GB ipod, can anyone tell me what i’m doin wrong, it’s obvious I’m not going to get thousands of tracks at this rate….........Is it something to do with the itunes importing set up or what???? anyone cheers

Posted by Stew on May 4, 2004 at 2:51 AM (CDT)


I have burned about 20gigs of music on to my iTunes but with just artist and album info, is there a way now I am connected to broadband to update all the track titles? I previously wasn’t online when burning them. Also as I only have a 15gb iPod how do I manually deselect 6gb of music quickly rather than going in to each track one by one and deselecting? Thanks

Posted by Mixer on May 5, 2004 at 5:49 AM (CDT)


I am having trouble importing my CD’s onto i Tunes.  When I put the CD into my Dell CD-Rom drive the tracks are then recognized by the database and the artist and track names are displayed.  However, when I import the tracks onto my harddrive not all the tracks are getting recognized.  Some tracks are completely ripped onto the harddrive but some other tracks either don’t work or only part of the song is ripped.  I don’t understand why it is doing this.

Posted by Will on May 5, 2004 at 1:06 PM (CDT)


Well some 1 wit more no how lend me a helping hand please. The problem I am having is getting music from my i-pod onto windows?.I no there is software for a mac but is there any for windows? Also I have just changed my computer and I am worried that when I install itunes it will configure my ipod and I will end up losing all my music on the ipod.Will this happen?If so can I prevent it? Somebody please help me!!!

Posted by deadfingers on May 6, 2004 at 9:24 AM (CDT)


Run PodUtil 2.0 (See Downloads section) first, to upload your music into your computer.

Posted by azdude_15gb on May 6, 2004 at 10:27 AM (CDT)


Just got the Ipod yesterday, does not come w/ the best guide.  I want to import cd’s right to ipod. I have nothing on the computer in music just got it too.  MMJB opens when I load in a CD. I close that and then I open iTunes follow the directions.  When I finish the import and take out the cd and put in the next one it causes and error and my computer shuts down and restarts.  What is going on.  I have no clue how to import cd to MMJB and bypass iTunes.  Can you help.

Posted by Caramia on May 7, 2004 at 7:59 AM (CDT)


Can anybody help me? When i put in a CD and it goes to access the Gracenote CD Database it fails and it tells me: An error occurred whilst accessing the CDDB server. Check your internet connection & configuration. Well i’ve tried checking everything and there used 2 b no problem connecting to the server so does anyone no wot needs to be checked/changed in order for it to work properly!!! Help!!

Posted by Craig on May 11, 2004 at 8:55 AM (CDT)


I have a cd that I want to put on the Ipod, but it will not transfer the file.  There is no albumn info because I wrote the songs.  Is there some want to dump the info.

Posted by Jerry on May 18, 2004 at 12:04 PM (CDT)


I just got an IPOD Mini and have been trying to put music off of my cd onto it.  However, when i pop the CD into the drive, Itunes doesnt do anything about it, or even read it.  I think i might have to check the box that would allow it to make Itunes the default program for reading cd’s.  Is that how it would work?  Do i have to make iTunes my default media opener?

Posted by Bean on May 19, 2004 at 10:40 AM (CDT)


I have an older computer.  Windows 98.  I have about 8 gig of mp3’s and want to get an IPod to download all of them to.  Is this a pipedream?  Do I have to get XP?  I’m not ready to get a new computer yet, and even if i did, i would lose all my mp3’s. help

Posted by joe faraci on May 23, 2004 at 12:09 PM (CDT)

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