How to Change Audio Import Settings in iTunes on Mac and Windows PC

While ripping CDs, I stumbled upon the option to change audio import settings in iTunes on your Mac and Windows PC and found it well timed for my needs. Yet to discover this feature? Read on to customize audio import settings in iTunes on your computer and share your thoughts about it!

The other day I wished to turn back the clock and bring all the retro songs, which I had accumulated in CDs, into life by ripping them all. While I was going through the task, I found iTunes importing and ripping the CDs with MP3 Encoder at 160kbps by default. But I discovered multiple options including AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless (m4a), MP3, and WAV to import and encode music. I used Apple Lossless (m4a) and found it right on the money. Changing audio import settings in iTunes on Mac and Windows PC is hassle-free, and you should know this hack if you also often rip CDs using iTunes.

You can quickly access iTunes encoder settings either from the import screen or iTunes Preferences. Besides, the process is pretty same on both macOS and Windows. Enough gossip. Let’s get started!

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How to Change Audio Import Settings in iTunes on Mac and Windows

Step #1. Launch iTunes and insert a CD to rip.

Step #2. On the Import screen, you need click on gear icon in the upper right corner.

Step #3. Now, you can adjust the audio import encoding settings as per your need.

Choose any of the following options:

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  • AAC Encoder
  • AIFF Encoder
  • Apple Lossless Encoder
  • MP3 Encoder
  • WAV Encoder

You have the option to adjust quality settings for imported music in the “Setting” section. Though higher quality and higher bitrate audio files sound a bit better, it consumes more disk space. So, keep it in mind before going for the higher quality and higher bitrate audio files.

How to Change iTunes CD Encoding via Preferences on Mac and Windows PC

Step #1. Launch iTunes on your computer and click on iTunes menu. Then, select “Preferences.”

Click on Preferences in iTunes on Mac

Step #2. Under “General” settings, you need to “Import Settings.”

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Click on Import Settings in iTunes on Mac or Windows PC

Adjust the iTunes import settings depending on your need. Click on the arrow next to the (X) Encoder and select your preferred option:

  • AAC Encoder
  • AIFF Encoder
  • Apple Lossless Encoder
  • MP3 Encoder
  • WAV Encoder

Change iTunes CD Encoding via Preferences on Mac and Windows PCChange Audio Import Settings in iTunes on Mac and Windows PC

Once you have fine-tuned the encoding settings, quit iTunes Preferences and import music from audio CDs into iTunes.

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From now onwards, use this hack to encode the imported music in your preferred extension. Have any feedback? Shoot it in the comments.

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Jignesh Padhiyarhttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.

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