How to Rip MP3 files on a Mac?

on Friday, August 15, 2008

The process of turning an audio file into an MP3 file is sometimes called ripping or encoding. Apple has thoughtfully provided the capability to create MP3 files with its free audio-library-and-player program, iTunes. To download the latest version of iTunes, visit and follow the instructions there. After iTunes is installed on your computer, copying audio onto your hard drive in MP3 format is quite simple:
  1. Insert an audio CD into your CD-ROM drive.
  2. If iTunes doesn’t launch automatically, open the program using the Dock or your Applications folder.
  3. With the iTunes program window active choose iTunes➪Preferences. The iTunes Preferences dialog box opens.
  4. Click the Importing button at the top of the Preferences dialog box.
  5. Make sure that MP3 Encoder is selected in the Import Using menu, and then click OK. The iTunes Preferences dialog box closes and you are returned to the main iTunes window.
  6. Place check marks next to the songs you want to import. You can use the playback controls in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window to preview tracks.
  7. Click Import in the upper right corner of the iTunes screen.The songs are imported; the process may take several minutes. When it’s done, the imported songs are available through your iTunes library for use in iMovie projects.