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Chapter 1. Start Here > Ripping, Mixing, and Burning

Ripping, Mixing, and Burning

After iTunes was released, however, under Apple's slogan “Rip. Mix. Burn,” the first step toward legitimization of this new medium had been taken. Apple was actively encouraging computer users to extract the music from their compact discs (rip), rearrange it to their liking (mix), and create (burn) new CDs full of their own custom mixes. With iTunes, users finally had a tool that made these tasks easy. iTunes is built around these three fundamental functions—adding new music to your library, organizing it to your taste, and converting it to useful forms you can take with you. Changes to iTunes over the years since its release have only strengthened and expanded on these core functions, which are iTunes' essential reasons for being.

▸ KEY TERMS

Rip— To copy or import audio data from a CD.

Burn— To create a music CD using a writable disc (CD-R, CD-RW, or writable DVD).



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