Ripping a CD means “converting its recordings into digital files on the computer.” (Too bad recording-industry executives didn’t know that when they accused Apple’s “Rip, Mix, Burn” ad campaign of promoting piracy, evidently equating “Rip” with “rip off.”)
With the proper iTunes settings, ripping a CD track and preparing it for use with the iPod is fantastically easy. Here’s how to go about it.
Before you get rolling with ripping, decide which format you want to use for your music files: MP3, AAC, AIFF, WAV, or Apple Lossless. To make your selection, choose iTunes → Preferences → Advanced (Mac) or Edit → Preferences → Advanced (Windows), click the Importing tab, and, from the Import Using pop-up menu, choose the importing format you want. See Figure 5-4.