5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 16, 2012 1:57 PM by planb77
Andre Guitar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi,

I'm planning on getting my wife an iPod Nano for Xmas. I'll be using my MacBook Pro as the enabling/syncing computer for it.

My dilemma:

The bulk of the music my wife is likely to transfer to her new iPod is all located on hard CDs, i.e. not in my iTunes library.

Is my only solution to buy the Super CD/DVD drive for the MBPro, and then load the music into my iTunes library from which I can manually sync her stuff?

Or is there another solution not involving any additional hardware?

Many thanks for your help!

Andre

  • 1. Re: iPod Nano + new MacBook Pro
    planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,270 points)

    So these CDs have not been ripped to another PC or Mac into iTunes?  If so, then your only possible solutions are to rip these CDs directly into iTunes on the MacBook Pro (assuming it's the retina version since those don't include optical drives) using an external CD drive or rip them onto another PC or Mac with an optical drive and then use an external hard drive to copy them over to here new MacBook Pro.

     

    B-rock

  • 2. Re: iPod Nano + new MacBook Pro
    Andre Guitar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your reply!

    Actually, many of the CDs have been ripped into iTunes on my old iMac (2004, running OS X 10.4), which is still a viable machine (I still record with it), but the OS is incompatible with the newer versions of iTunes. In fact, the iTunes store doesn't even acknowledge that I have a legitimate copy of iTunes. So practically the only thing I can do with that iMac is transfer music into its iTunes library from sources like CDs.

    The MacBook Pro I have is the retina display version, so buying the Super CD drive would be the way to go.

    But your reply also hints at another solution that I had not considered:

    I do have a external G drive with lots of capacity still. It does have a USB 2.0 port which works with the 3.0 ports on the MBP. I suppose I could transfer the iMac library contents as MP3s onto the G drive, and then load those into the iTunes library on the MBP. Would that work?

    I think I may still get a CD/DVD drive for the MacBook, but this manual transfer may at least be a workaround of some kind.

    Thanks again for your help.

    Best,

    Andre

  • 3. Re: iPod Nano + new MacBook Pro
    planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,270 points)

    I would suggest the external drive route to help minimize the time of reripping all of those CDs.


    B-rock

  • 4. Re: iPod Nano + new MacBook Pro
    Andre Guitar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again!

    Best,

    Andre

  • 5. Re: iPod Nano + new MacBook Pro
    planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,270 points)

    Your welcome.


    B-rock