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Bypass downloaded audio CD info when copying CDs System
Once iTunes downloads track info for a store-bought audio CD, OS X pretends that it is the real directory info for the disc. To make a true duplicate of the CD at this point (i.e. with the proper generic file names), you have to hide the CDDB info, as follows:
  1. Eject the CD (if inserted)
  2. Open iTunes Preferences
  3. Click on Advanced, and then Importing
  4. Uncheck "Automatically retrieve CD track names from Internet"
  5. Quit iTunes
  6. In your home folder, open Library » Preferences
  7. Rename "CD Info.cidb" to "CD Info.cidb.bak" or similar
  8. Re-insert the CD
The CD will now show up with the true track names, and iTunes will not go online to replace them. Do whatever you need with the CD in this state. When done, quit iTunes if it has opened, then rename the CD Info.cidb file back to its original name.

Note that until you restore the CD Info.cidb file, all CDs that you insert will show up with generic track names. Also remember to switch your iTunes importing preferences back to normal.
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Bypass downloaded audio CD info when copying CDs
Authored by: ADent on Apr 10, '07 09:26:09AM

How are you making copies?

Toast 5 works fine w/o this trick.

Do true Audio CDs get named tracks depending on the way you copy CDs? Or are you talking about copying the tracks from a CD to a hard drive?



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Use Disc Utility
Authored by: edified on Apr 10, '07 02:40:30PM
Just use disk utility to make a drive image. Way easier.

-Edified

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Bypass downloaded audio CD info when copying CDs
Authored by: bailey_ca on Apr 10, '07 05:01:56PM

I don't get it...what is this hint supposed to accomplish?



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Bypass downloaded audio CD info when copying CDs
Authored by: Louije on Apr 11, '07 04:01:45AM

Yes... Track and disc names that the Finder shows are never burnt on a disc, they are just stored locally. I don't get the point of this hint, neither.



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Bypass downloaded audio CD info when copying CDs
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Apr 11, '07 06:49:32AM

The "generic" AIFF tracks you see in the Finder on a CD aren't even on the CD! This is part of the Mac's CD driver rendering the tracks as AIFF files that you can drag off the CD.

You will note that if you just insert a CD and have iTunes (or even Toast) get the track names, they can't write those names to the disk, since it's read only. The CD's track information is stored on your hard drive in a data base.

If you want an exact copy of a CD you shouldn't be using iTunes anyway. It wont give you an *exact* copy, it will import the tracks as whatever file format you have selected. You need to use something like Disk Utility or Toast to make an exact digital copy. And even then, it's only as exact as that disk is, and they always have errors (random and burst errors) which are dealt with using the Cross-interleaved Reed-Solomon coding on the disk. Pick any three CDs and they will vary slightly from one another, although we would be hard pressed to hear the difference.

That's why I tell people all the time that using these programs that do so-called "exact" CD copies, and using these check sum data bases is pretty useless, because all audio CDs have errors compared to the master they were made from.

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Toast 7 & Disk Utlity
Authored by: avramd on Apr 11, '07 09:24:55AM

I originally used Toast 7 to make an image of the CD (using Copy mode), and it ended up with the CDDB track names.

I tried to make an image of it usin Disk Utility, and File->New->Disk Image from device was greyed out. I didn't bother troubleshooting this b/c that's when I figured out how to disable the track names.

As a side note, it's against policy to submit comments saying "this hint is useless," and, such comments are, ironically, useless.



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Toast 7 & Disk Utlity
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Apr 11, '07 02:30:38PM
I originally used Toast 7 to make an image of the CD (using Copy mode), and it ended up with the CDDB track names.


No, you didn't... not on the disk anyway. Take it to another computer and see! Unless the same CD was once inserted in that computer, and it was allowed to get the track names, you wont get any. They are on your computer, not the disk.

So if people can't comment on the usefulness of a hint, how about the factuality of a hint? This hint has factual errors, and as such doesn't work as advertised. ;)

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