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Buying a new CD? Watch out for inferior imitations Tuesday December 18, 2018

Please note that these CD campaign pages have been frozen as of 14-1-2005, and will not be updated for the time being. However, they will still remain here as an information resource for people still encountering problems with their CDs.

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Corrupt audio discs, aka "Copy-Protected CDs"

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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 problem.
  • 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!