5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 4, 2013 6:49 AM by jstanner
artam Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

This iTunes 11 support post is too much:

http://support.apple.com/kb/PH12278?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

 

It describes the procedure for importing tracks from a CD into iTunes using your Mac's CD/DVD drive.

 

But wait! Certain models don't have internal optical media drives!

 

I've inserted the CD into the internal drive of an older iMac (with iTunes 10) and a MacBookPro (with iTunes 11) which are both on my network, and iTunes on my "primary" Mac either doesn't see the CD or doesn't recognize it as an importable item.

 

So unless I go out and buy an external drive, which I prefer to avoid doing at least for now, how can I import CDs into iTunes 11 on the drive-less iMac?


iMac (27-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • 1. Re: import cd on iMac w/o drive from 2nd Mac
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,665 points)

    Two options:

     

    What I am doing: On the computer that has an optical disk, I archive the CD as a disk image  using Disk Utility. Than I transfer the disk image using a thumbs drive to my MBP without the optical drive and double click it to mount it.

     

    Or try CD/DVD sharing; from the Finder's Help entry:

     

    Use another computer’s DVD or CD drive

     

    If your computer doesn’t have an optical drive, and you are connected to a computer that has one, you can use a DVD or CD disc in the other computer’s optical drive. The computer with the optical drive must have Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later, or Windows XP or Windows Vista.

    Note: If a disc is copy-protected (such as some DVD movies and games), you can’t share it using DVD or CD sharing.

     

    1. Make sure both computers are on the same network (wired or wireless), and the DVD or CD Sharing software is installed on the computer with the optical drive.
    2. Make sure the computer with the optical drive is set up to share the disc.
      On a computer with Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later: Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Sharing, and then select the “DVD or CD Sharing” checkbox. Select “Ask me before allowing others to use my DVD drive” if you want to be notified when a computer tries to access the drive.
      On a computer with Windows XP or Vista: Open the DVD or CD Sharing control panel and select “Enable Remote DVD or CD.” Select “Ask me before allowing others to use my DVD drive” if you want to be notified when a computer tries to access the drive.
    3. Insert the disc into the optical drive.
    4. On the computer without the optical drive, select Remote Disc under Devices in a Finder window sidebar. If you see the “Ask to use” button, click it.

    For more information about using another computer’s optical drive, including downloading and installing the DVD or CD Sharing Update for Windows, see:

    Apple Support article: How to use Remote Disc to share DVDs or CDs from a Mac or Windows-based computer

    Regards

    Léonie

  • 2. Re: import cd on iMac w/o drive from 2nd Mac
    artam Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Good points, Léonie; alas I had all those settings on already. Attempting to access the "remote disc" in Finder results in this dialog box: "The operation can't be completed because the original item for 'Audio CD' can't be found."

     

    Then I came across this caveat about Remote Disc:

     

    Note: These types of discs or activities are not supported by DVD or CD sharing:

    • DVD movies.
    • Audio CDs.

     

    So it appears, as far as iTunes is concerned, it's connected external drive or bust.

  • 3. Re: import cd on iMac w/o drive from 2nd Mac
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,665 points)

    Have you tried to create a disk image from your media? Launch Disk Utility and select the CD in left column of the panel, then click the "New Image" button in the toolbar. You can transfer this image either on an USB thumbs drive or simply in the public folder of your macs using your network,

    If Disk Utility refuses to create an image from your CD, create a folder in your shared folder, rip your CD and drag the single tracks to the folder.Then transfer the folder.

  • 4. Re: import cd on iMac w/o drive from 2nd Mac
    artam Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'll have to rip-and-drag. DU also won't image an Audio CD. Thanks for all the tips, they'll come in handy elsewhere.

  • 5. Re: import cd on iMac w/o drive from 2nd Mac
    jstanner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem.  Not sure what to do. 

     

    On my older iMac, the disk utility has the New Image greyed out, so I can't use it. 

     

    I have managed to copy the tracks to a folder on my old iMac and then transfer it across to my new iMac, then imported it into iTunes 11, but the information is lost (i.e. it says Audio Track 1, 2 etc.) 

     

    Is there a different way of doing this so that the information is not lost??