Copying an audio CD on OS X seems like it should be as easy as drag and drop, but it appears to be just a drag…Maybe this is something completely obvious, but I’m apparently missing it. I’m trying to find a simple way of copying an audio CD using the CD-R drive on my iBook.
I know I can copy a CD by importing the tracks into iTunes as AIFF or WAV files to preserve the original audio quality, creating a playlist in iTunes and then burning a CD with that playlist.
The problem I have with that method is that I end up importing the files twice. Once as huge, high-quality files in order to copy the CD, and once again as MP3 files for playback in iTunes and elsewhere. If I have multiple copies if the tracks in the iTunes library, it isn’t very easy to distinguish between the two versions.
I’ve tried copying the CDDA files from the audio CD to the hard disk, then copying them back again. There are two problems I found there. First, the Mac OS enlarges the CDDA files when it copies them to the hard disk, so you can’t copy all the files back to the CD without running into space limitations.
The second, and more difficult problem is that if you do copy these files back to a CD, it doesn’t create an Audio CD, instead, it creates a data CD with CDDA files on it. I didn’t know there was a difference, but apparently there is.
I can get around the first problem by copying the files from a networked Windows CD drive directly to a blank CD on the iBook, but that doesn’t solve the second problem.
It appears that the only way to create an audio CD is with iTunes, and until you burn audio to that CD, it doesn’t appear as a drive in Finder. Argh.
Am I stuck with the dual-import thing? or is there a better way…
Do you have a better way to copy an audio CD in OS X?