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Building Your iTunes MP3 Library > Encode an Audio CD in the MP3 Format - Pg. 44

iTunes: Burning Down the House There's More to Sound than MP3 44 In the following sections, I focus on MP3 because that is the format that you are most likely to use with music. However, you can import audio files as AIFF or WAV just as easily. Earlier, you learned how to configure encoding for these formats--simply choose the en- coding that you want to use on the Importing preferences tab. You can also add AIFF or WAV files to your Library with the Add to Library command. NOTE iTunes uses the term "import" for the act of encoding your music in various formats, because when you encode music, it is imported into your Library. In more hip lingo, this process is called ripping a CD. Encode an Audio CD in the MP3 Format 1. 2. 3. 4. Insert the CD containing the songs that you want to encode. iTunes will connect to the Internet and identify the CD (again, assuming that you haven't disabled this feature or that iTunes hasn't already identified the CD). Select the CD in the Source pane. Check the checkbox next to the title of each song that you want to import--by default, every track is selected. Click the Import button (the Action button becomes Import after you insert an audio CD). iTunes will begin to encode the songs that you select. Depending on how fast your Mac is and the number of songs that you selected, this process can take just a few minutes to a half hour or so. You can see the progress of the encoding process in the iTunes display window (see Figure 2.16). When the encoding process is completed, the song is marked with a green circle con-