a Compact Disc with Apple's iTunes
iTunes is useful for making audio compact discs. It is also a handy
application for organizing a collection of audio files for computer
playback, Internet radio, and music shopping. Best of all, it is
At the heart of iTunes is the
application's Library, visible in the screen shot to the
left. When Library is selected, a list of user selected
audio files is displayed. The audio files can be categorized by
song name, time, artist, album, and genre. The entire Library is
resorted based on the highlighted category. This feature is handy
when looking for a particular sound file.
Some important settings
are available in the Preferences pane. Open Preferences by
clicking on the main iTunes menu.
After selecting the Preferences pane,
click on the Advanced icon at the top of the window. It
is important to find the location of the iTunes
is the location where any imported files will be stored. If the
box for "Copy
files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library" is
selected, any file imported into the program will be duplicated
there. Press the Change button if another location is
Another set of useful properties
reside in the Importing section of the Preferences pane.
In the pop-up menu categorized as "Import Using:," the
type of audio file is determined. iTunes allows the user to convert
audio file into a variety of formats.
To make an audio compact disc,
a new iTunes Playlist must be created. Go to the File menu
and select New Playlist (cmd-n.) A new Playlist will
appear at the bottom of the list in the Source section
of the main iTunes window. Click and hold the name of the new Playlist to
assign a new name. This serves as the name for the final audio
compact disc. Any file from the Library can be dragged
into a Playlist. Change the order of the audio files in
the Playlist by dragging them.
At the right-hand side and
top of the iTunes window (earlier versions) or at the bottom of
the window (current version), Burn
available. Click the button and follow the instructions in the
display area. The compact disc tray will open and wait for the
insertion of a disc. After the disc is inserted, you will be prompted
to press the Burn
Disc button again to begin the burn. When the process is finished,
the newly created compact disc will appear on the desktop, and
in the Source area of the iTunes main window. To eject
the disc, press the eject icon at the bottom right of the main
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