Quick tip: easiest way to rip hundreds of CDs with Apple iTunes

When one is faced with hundreds of CDs that need to be ripped into iTunes, every bit of time-savings helps. As usual, Apple has an option for users facing this daunting task.

A quick way to import CDs with the least amount of user effort:

In iTunes’ Preferences, go to the General section. Next to “On CD Insert,” use the drop-down menu to select “Import Songs and Eject.” With this option selected, iTunes will go out to the ‘Net and get the track names for the CD, import all the tracks, and eject the CD when it’s finished importing – without the user having to touch a thing.

Yes, you still have to feed the computer CDs, but this is all the user has to do with this method.

And don’t forget to download the free “Find Album Artwork with Google” AppleScript for iTunes by Brett O’Connor which performs a Google image search using an Album/Artist name to find album artwork online. It works very well. More info and download link here.

Have fun ripping!

More information about importing CDs with Apple’s iTunes here.


  1. This ‘tip’ is fine and dandy, but some people have their own special naming conventions. I tag all of my ripped CDs by hand, as well as scan in each insert. Slow and steady wins the race�

  2. with over 26,000 songs imported into my iTunes, I vote with Gracenotessux. Too many errors in their database – in all categories. They don’t even have a comedy section! And the iTunes Music store has NO idea how to list artists.Accurate is essential for my collection, only a small portion imported.

  3. I play my collection on shuffle, so it’s not that important for me to know who or what is playing.

    All that I know is I won’t get the same song again for months!

  4. how did this “tip” get an entire news clip? if people actually looked through the preferences once in awhile they should already know this. and yeah you guys who hand tag every single album are wasting your time. at the very least just let iTunes import and find the track titles, then go through after and fix little mistakes (like genres, which are almost always wrong)

  5. I just finished ripping about 3,000 CDs. I used this method, along with allowing iTunes to manage the files.

    CDDB/Gracenote has lots of errors, but it’s accurate enough to use and then verify. I was surprised how many of my really rare OOP were correct in the database.

    The most common error is that many CDs were incorrectly listed as Compilations. This can easily be fixed by selecting all the songs from the CD, do a Get Info (right-click or Command-I) and then deselecting Compilation. This changes all the songs and moves the files into the proper folder.

    For the most part there were only a few spelling errors and so forth…definitely nowhere near the level of just saying “screw it, I’ll do it all myself”. Even if you wanted to do some special custom method, you’d be better off grabbing the CDDB data and then changing it.

    By the way, this works even better if you have multiple drives. I was able to use 4 drives for ripping. This allowed me to load them all up at once and focus my attention elsewhere until they were all ejected. Ripping like this and reaching 20x speeds made this *much* faster than I thought it would be…like 3 weeks instead of 3 months.

  6. Good Lord. So much for my HTML. The service is called RipDigital. You can likely guess their URL. And no, I don’t work there, but I do have a large CD collection that I’d like to convert, and I came across these guys somewhere.

  7. Wow, what a rip-off! I’d be willing to do it for way less money…MP3 or AAC and whatever bitrate you wanted. I wonder if they’re getting any real business. I could whip together a Website like that in a couple of days, charge less and “make cash, right at home!”

    Email me if interested:
    (remove AFRAIDOFSPAM)

    I could provide resume, references and other assurances if you’re interested.

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