More than One Way to Skin a Cat

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I found another way to rip a troublesome CD.

Firstly, the CD wouldn't play in iTunes. I have two optical drives, and it wouldn't play in either. It would just skip each song until it came to the end of the disc.

When I ripped the disc, I noticed that the process was happening way too fast. I investigated the resultant files and found that they were all about 56Kb in length.

The first track obviously had a problem, as it gave a digital screech at the very start when played. I got around this by using my secret weapon--open the audio CD, drag the AIFF file onto the desktop, then trim the offending part out using QuickTime Player Pro and export as AIFF again. I was able to successfully convert the AIFF file into AAC in iTunes.

Thinking that the first track may have caused the ripping problems, I expected the other tracks to rip normally, but they didn't. Again I got the tiny files.

I thought that I could save some time by dragging the files directly to iTunes instead of via the desktop. I discovered that iTunes began ripping the AIFFs into AACs instead of merely copying the AIFFs into the library as I expected. The files ripped properly.

So there's another way to rip songs. With some of these discs, we need every method possible.

by japester on Apr 11 | 9:44 am


I also have two optical drives at home and I've found that if I can't read the CD with either of those, I bring the CD to work and I can rip it with my work iMac. My SuperDrive at home is a Pioneer while at work it's a Sony. Between those two and the extra QPS drive at home, I've been able to rip all my troublesome CDs.

by hondo77 on Apr 13 | 12:43 pm

If you have access to a Linux box, you can try cdparanoia. I'm pretty sure that program could read most of a CD after putting it in a microwave....

by bombcar on Jun 13 | 12:36 am

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