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Topic: Why does iTunes take so long to import my CDs?

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Old 03-28-2013, 07:21 PM
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Why does iTunes take so long to import my CDs?

I am attempting to import my CD collection onto my computer, at the rate that it's currently running, it will take too long to complete.

It's taking about 1 minute 20 seconds per track. It also shows around (2.8x) next to the time remaining.

This cannot be right?

I am using Windows 7, the CPU is an AMD Vision processor 1.3GHz with 2GB RAM.

Is it simply a because the computer is slow, or is there some way I can improve this?
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For a modern OS like Win 7, 1.3 GHz is not very fast and 2 GB of RAM for Win 7 is bare minimum, was this originally an XP box? If it was, Win 7 will use more system resources and could explain what you're seeing. Best to up your RAM to at least 4 GB.

The slow speed may also be your CD drive, and not too expensive to replace it if it is 5+ years old or more (or, is this a laptop?) An external CD ROM is another alternative.

Another thing that slows ripping down are scratched CDs, or if you enable the "Use error correction" in iTunes import settings, that will slow things down (ironically, the time to use error correction is when you have scratched CDs).

Finally, iTunes is not known to be the most efficient ripper. You might try a 3rd party app like "Exact Audio Copy" which many people like -- it might be faster than iTunes, although I don't know if it will auto-populate iTunes for you once the ripping is done.
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Hi, thanks for your reply.

Yeah, it's a laptop, it came with Windows 7, however, it is and has always been fairly slow. It's only about I've had it about 18 months from new, but it is a very low end model.

After reading your post, I had another look at the settings I had for ripping cds. It seems I had left the use error correction setting on, so I've removed that. I tried that out when I was trying to solve another problem I'm having with sound distortion with a few cds which otherwise play fine (I'm not sure what the issue is there, perhaps the drivers?) Anyway, it's now reading them at a more reasonable rate taking about 20-25 seconds per track.

I'll look into "Exact audio copy" too thanks, might make things faster too.

How long does it typically take for a decent computer to rip music?

Thanks again!
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Ahh, score! Having been bit by that setting myself, its nice to help someone with that issue.

I think 20-25 seconds per track is very reasonable, I don't think you're going to get much better than that. Have fun!
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Its weird as that "error correction" setting really does slow things down in Windows. However, on my MacBook Air (1.7GHz Core i5 low voltage CPU with 4GB of RAM) and external SuperDrive, I can rip tracks in iTunes at about 30X speeds. Granted, Intel's CPU (even being a low voltage model) is much, much more powerful than AMD's line but I think it has more to do with the coding of iTunes for Windows. The same thing happened to me on my Windows systems as I would experience average ripping speeds of 10-15X through iTunes and about 45-50X of secure ripping with dBpowerAMP.

That brings me to another suggestion. EAC (exact audio copy) takes a bit of work to get it up and going. Its a really good ripper if you want to rip to mp3 but it can be a pain if you want to rip to another format. dBpowerAMP is a ripper that is just as secure but it has a more user friendly interface. EAC relies on command-line input in order to change encoder settings but dBpowerAMP is all visual. I highly recommend taking a look at that too. The only downside is that it isn't free but I think it is well worth the price if you don't want to go through and find a command-line for ripping to AAC using the QuickTime AAC encoder (if you want to use AAC, you should be sticking with QuickTime as it has been receiving the highest review scores in terms of quality).



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EAC + Lame - the only thing I've used for about 5 years for CDs.
dBpoweramp + Lame, used this to convert my cassette recordings to mp3 from wav, super fast.
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