Importing CD to iTunes using Apple Lossless Encoder to archive your music collection and converting to mp3, AAC to play on an iPod, iTouch, iPad, iPhone or other mobile device
This tutorial will show you how to import a CD into iTunes using the Apple Lossless Encoder, store those files to an archive of your music then convert it to a format (AAC, MP3 or other) to keep in your iTunes library that will be smaller and easily able to sync with your iPod, iTouch, iPad, iPhone or other mobile device. The problem is you want to archive your CD collection but don’t want to lose original quality by converting the CD to a format like AAC, MP3. The solution is to create an Apple Lossless Encoded version of the files and store them in a music archive, then convert the CD to a format like AAC, MP3 or other and keep those in your iTunes library. The following steps will show you how to do this:
Put the CD into your computer.
Click the OK button.
Now Navigate to where you keep or want to keep your CD archive, in my case I keep it on an external hard drive in a folder named Music CD Archive, then create a new Folder in that Folder by right click in the finder window and select new folder:
Click the import settings button:
Then select the desired format that you want for keeping your files in iTunes (this is a personal preference and there is debate about which is the best format, but in my case I use .mp3 @ 192 kbps):
Once this process completes, there will be an alternating list of the the songs with Lossless Encoded songs highlighted and the newly converted songs not highlighted, now right click on one of the highlighted songs and select Delete (this will delete the Apple Lossless Encoded songs while preserving the songs in the newly create format, but don’t worry the Apple Lossless Encoded songs are safely stored in your music archive from the steps earlier)
You should see a popup window notification asking if you Are sure you want to remove the selected songs from your iTunes library?, click the remove button:
Next you will see a popup window asking Do you want to move the selected songs to the Trash, or keep them in the iTunes Media folder? Click the Move to Trash button (again don’t worry, this only moving the Apple Lossless Encoded songs to the trash while preserving the songs in the newly create format, the Apple Lossless Encoded songs are safely stored in your music archive from the steps earlier)
And that’s it, now you have the CD stored in an archive and a smaller version in your iTunes library to easily sync with your iPod, iTouch, iPad, iPhone or other mobile device without taking up too much space. And you have the peace of mind of knowing you have the CD safely stored in Apple Lossless Encoding format so you can go back at anytime and use the CD in the archive to burn copies or convert to other formats.