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Allan Hise
2005-02-10, 07:36
On Thu, 10 Feb 2005, Ben Coombs wrote:

> > I'm thinking of something where I push a CD in; it looks it up on
> > CDDB/GraceNote, gets all the tags, rips the tracks according to some
> > settings somewhere, files the mp3s, and ejects the CD.
>
> iTunes on either Windows or Mac does exactly this, you will have to
> change some preferences, by default it plays rather than rips. But as
> you describe, i've set it up to read, file and eject. Remember to
> change the encoding to mp3, i choose custom vbr 256.

There are even applescripts to do the MP3 encoding with LAME, if you would
prefer that over iTunes' encoder. I believe it is called 'iTunes-LAME' and
findable on the usual places like macupdate.com.

Of course, this adds one extra step (selecting the script after shoving
the CD in, vs. having iTunes do everything automagically - haven't
figured out how to get it to automatically stick a new CD in, and I
couldn't train the dog to tell the difference between already
ripped/encoded CDs and the ones that need to be done, so I have to do
that bit by hand too.).

Allan

Ben Coombs
2005-02-11, 12:18
you could add the "bit rate" column in iTunes. Then sort all tracks by
bit rate, and delete all the poor bit rate tracks from your library.


On Thu, 10 Feb 2005 22:45:28 +0000, BenRubinstein <benr_sd (AT) cogapp (DOT) com> wrote:
> > iTunes on either Windows or Mac does exactly this, you will have to
> > change some preferences, by default it plays rather than rips. But as
> > you describe, i've set it up to read, file and eject.
>
> I am a fool, and I apologise for wasting list time. I would try and plead
> that those sneaky Apple people obviously added this feature by updating
> iTunes when I wasn't looking. But I've now confirmed that it's been there
> since at least iTunes 2. So no excuse.
>
> I have one more question on this topic - much of what I'm expecting to do is
> upgrade the quality of my existing iTunes library. On some tests, it looks
> like the chief barrier to this running headless is that when a CD previously
> ripped (at lower quality) is presented, iTunes throws up a modal dialog to
> ask whether I want to replace, add, or cancel. I can't find a setting to
> tell it to always replace in this case. My poor fallback idea of leaving a
> keyboard connected, and hitting enter if next time I wandered past the CD
> wasn't ejected, doesn't work because the default is to add the newly ripped
> tracks.
>
> Is there a simple solution to this? Or do I have to set up a separate
> library for the headless iTunes to rip into, and then run some kind of
> dupe-stripping operation subsequently?
>
> TIA,
>
> - Ben
>
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