This question has come up with relative frequency, so I'm going to write the step-by-step directions to let you get your reference CD into your computer as .wav files or mp3 files.
These step by step directions are for converting a disc to .wav files, but the steps will be similar for converting to MP3 too.
- insert the CD to the computer
- click on the picture of the CD on the left column to view the CD contents
- hi-light all the tracks on the viewer and click File > Get Info (Command + I on a mac or Ctrl+I on a PC)
- insert the info about your album as a whole on this screen
- press OK
- in the viewer name your tracks
- when finished, check your import settings on the bottom right of the iTunes window (or iTunes > Preferences > General > Import Settings on a mac or Edit > Preferences > General > Import Settings on a PC) usually, you should import .wav files set on automatic (16 bit 44.1kHz for highest quality) or change this to the desired setting if needed.
- click OK
- hi-light all the tracks on the album
- click Import CD on the bottom right of the iTunes window (or Advanced > create WAV Version both mac and PC)
- wait for tracks to be imported
- your files will be in your iTunes music directory (usually something like Home > Music > iTunes > iTunes Music > [Artist Name] > [Album Name] on a mac or My Documents > My Music > iTunes Music > [Artist Name] > [Album Name] on a PC)
- all done!
Hopefully this helps you if you have problems copying your info off a reference dsic to send to your Digital Distributor.
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