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Chapter 19.  Jamming with iTunes 3  > Making MP3s and Adding them to Your Libra...

Making MP3s and Adding them to Your Library

If you want to build long playlists for your computer or to play music on portable devices, then you may want to convert your CD audio tracks to the MP3 file format. When you use software like iTunes to convert a CD track to an MP3 file, the software eliminates certain file information that humans can’t hear. The resulting file is about 11 percent of the size of the original file (the MP3 file for a typical song is 3-4 MB) and sounds great to most listeners using typical equipment.

You can convert an individual CD track to MP3 by selecting the track from the playlist. To do so, first insert the CD and then choose Advanced, Convert to MP3. If you use the following procedure, however, you can convert the entire CD while incorporating the CDDB database information to name all the files and folders. In addition, using the following method imports the MP3 files to your iTunes Library—a catalog of your MP3 files designed to make it easy to build a playlist for song playback. Follow these steps to convert songs from a CD to MP3 format and add them to your library:


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