Buning Music CDs with LightScribe Discs
SOME SOUND ADVICE
Is your music collection starting to take over your life?
Whether you're an old pro or a relative newcomer, you'll find tips below for digitizing, archiving, organizing, and enjoying your tunes.
RIPPING MUSIC FROM A CD
When you "rip" music from a CD, you're converting it to a computer-friendly file format and copying the songs to your hard drive. If you have either the MusicMatch or iTunes digital music players, you simply drop the CD into your Internet-connected computer and the software will automatically fill in the name of the album, artist, and tracks!
To rip a CD with iTunes, just select "File > Import," then select the CD. If using MusicMatch, just click "Rip From CD" in the Music Center.
You can use the software to organize songs by genre, artist, album, song length, or year published. When you're viewing your song library, just click on the heading to alphabetize your files.
Another great way to keep your music in order is to rate each song. Both MusicMatch and iTunes let you play music critic.
HEY, MISTER DJ
It's time to use your software to play DJ with your own custom mix of songs. For iTunes, select "File > New Playlist," then give it a name like "Best Dance Songs in the Known Universe" or "Rainy Days and Mondays Music." Simply drag the tracks from your library onto the playlist. Now they're ready to play whenever you're ready to listen.
With MusicMatch, there are two ways to create playlists: manually (just drag and drop from your music library) or automatically. To create automatic playlists, click the Playlist button, and then "AutoDJ," or click "Options > Playlist > AutoDJ." This feature creates automatic playlists based on your sorting preferences.
LEGAL DOWNLOADS FROM MUSICMATCH OR ITUNES
Most new computers come equipped with either MusicMatch or iTunes. Both allow you to legally buy music online for (currently) 99 cents per song and $9.99 an album. You can play the music on your computer or burn those songs to a CD. Careful, though--with several hundred thousand songs to buy, it's easy to go on a shopping spree!
CREATE YOUR CD
There are two types of CDs you might want to burn. Audio CDs are like the CDs you buy at the store, and can be played in your car stereo or at your friend's birthday party--wherever there is a CD player. The other is a data archive CD, where the music is actually compressed in a file format such as MP3. With these discs, you can play music on most any computer with a player or play the disc on an MP3-friendly DVD player. Before you burn a CD, check your preferences to make sure you're getting what you want.
Typically, you'll just select a playlist, insert a blank CD-R (some stereos won't play CD-RWs), and select "File > Burn Playlist to Disc" in iTunes or "Music Center > Burn to CD" in MusicMatch.
Forget the permanent marker. Soon, adding a silkscreen-quality label will be as simple as burning your mix to CD. LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling technology and a specially coated disc enable you to burn professional-looking photo and text labels right onto your CD and DVDs. And don't ruin the mood with a scrappy jewel-case cover--dozens of customizable jewel-case templates are just a click away.
Hopefully this demystifies some of the violent terms you've heard, like "ripping" and "burning" digital music. Now go get your share of the fun!
This article is provided to inform and inspire, and is not intended to replace professional guidance and services. Your system and software may be different from what is described and LightScribe is not responsible for troubleshooting or system failures.