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Extracting audio (or `ripping tracks') from a CD is very easy on
the Mac if you have iTunes:
- Start up iTunes
- Insert the audio CD. After a few moments, a list of tracks should
appear in the iTunes window. You can play these in the normal way,
for example by double-clicking on them. If the track list doesn't
appear, or if one or more of the tracks won't play, then you probably
have a Bad CD. Let us know about the
- Now extract the audio from the disk onto your hard drive. This is
done in iTunes by clicking the "IMPORT" button top-right. Any problem
tracks are marked with a red `X'.
- When extraction has finished, go to the Library section, and find
the newly-extracted tracks, and play them again to check for any
strange noises you don't normally hear in the music, like bursts of
hiss or distortion.
- If everything went okay up 'til here, then the CD is either okay,
or it is one of the copy-protected CDs that Macs are immune to.
Thanks for taking the trouble to test your CD in any case.
If you found any problems at all with your CD -- tracks that don't
play, or that give you a red `X', or that have unusual distortion --
please let us know.
Thanks for your help!