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Digital Audio Essentials by Bruce Fries, Marty Fries

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Burning CDs with a Jukebox Program

All of the jukebox programs covered in this chapter let you burn standard audio and MP3 CDs and print CD jewel case inserts listing the songs. Media Jukebox and Musicmatch also let you print stick-on labels. You can get the peel-off CD label sheets at most computer and office supply stores—just make sure to properly center the labels on the CDs so they don’t get out of balance.

The following instructions show you how to burn CDs with iTunes, Media Jukebox, and Musicmatch.

iTunes

iTunes does not provide many options for burning CDs compared to Media Jukebox or Musicmatch, but it’s simple to use and gets the job done.

Setup

You must set your preferences before you burn a CD from iTunes, because you can’t change them once you’ve selected the files to burn. To access the iTunes Preferences screen, choose Edit Preferences (iTunes Preferences on a Mac) Burning. Select your preferred write speed, then check either “Audio CD” or “MP3 CD” (see Figure 15-5). The “Data CD or DVD” option is for backing up songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store.

When you burn an audio CD, you can choose whether or not to insert a gap between each track. The default setting inserts a two-second gap between songs. You can also select “Use Sound Check” to normalize the volume of each song before it is written to CD. Start with “Preferred Speed” set to “Maximum.” If the recorded CD has any errors, burn another one at a slower speed setting.

Note

You can burn songs purchased ...

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