Do I need a burning program for the iMac?

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Burning a CD - ask Sir ApfelotOne question I was asked today is this: Do I need a burning program for my iMac? This is (as always) not easy to answer with yes or no, but the on-board tools of Mac OS X are sufficient for normal use. I just briefly describe the burning work that usually occurs and how to solve it.

Burn from a music CD to a blank disc

We have some children's song CDs, which are usually not treated with much care. For that reason, if I can, I make a copy of the CDs and give them to the kids to play with. This is how it works: Open iTunes. Then you slide the music CD into the drive and wait for it to be recognized. iTunes then usually asks whether it should import the songs into the media library. The answer to this is YES. When that's done, you make a new playlist in iTunes and call it "Burning Folder" or something. There you then pull in the pieces of music from the iTunes music collection that are to be burned onto the new [CD->cd blanks]. Then click once on this playlist and select “Burn playlist to medium” from the “File” menu. When prompted, you insert the blank CD and off you go.

Burning data and files to a blank disc

For example, if you want to burn a folder with photos or other files to a CD or [DVD->blank dvds] for yourself or for someone else as a backup, you can use the Finder – i.e. the interface of OS X. To do this, click on the folder that you want to burn once and mark it. Then select “Burn folder name to CD/DVD” from the “File” menu at the top. The rest then works as mentioned above.

It only gets a bit more complicated if you want to copy CDs or DVDs 1:1, for example. Here you often have to struggle with copy protection. As a rule, however, it is so that one with the Disk Utility writes an image of the disc to the hard drive and then burns that image to CD or DVD.

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