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5. Audio > Wrangle Your Music and Sound Library

Wrangle Your Music and Sound Library

Using Apple’s iTunes, you can create a complete digital library of your music and sound effects.

With hundreds of millions songs sold through the iTunes Music Store and countless iPods in the hands of consumers, Apple’s iTunes is a tremendous success. But the iTunes application (http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/; free), which runs on Macintosh and Windows systems, can be used for more than ripping and buying music. You can use it to organize your music and sound effects library, as well as keep track of what tracks you’ve used in your projects.

Organizing Your Audio

To organize your audio, import it into iTunes. Just load a CD into your computer and launch the application, if it doesn’t launch automatically. More often than not, you will discover that someone has already entered the CD’s information into CDDB (http://www.gracenote.com), which iTunes uses to automatically enter track names. Figure 5-8 shows a CD of household sound effects, with track information retrieved from CDDB.


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