(not a commercial CD). I did some recordings of a band years ago and ran into one of the band members who asked me if I could make copies. I assumed that this would be easy. I know that I can rip the CD into iTunes and then burn a new CD, but I have two optical drives available, is there a way to simply copy the CD from one drive to the other in one step?

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You can do this with Burn, and free and open source tool for Mac:

Already have discs you like to reproduce? Don't worry, Burn can help you. Burn can copy discs or use disk images to recreate your discs. With one drive Burn still will be able to copy a disc, by temporary saving the disc.

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Not exactly a "single-click", but I can assure you it's very simple to use.

  • Double answers (burn is a good idea), but yours is better ! +1
    – Kami
    Feb 9, 2010 at 23:43
  • i've never actually tried it, but i've read that Disk Utility is not recommended for audio CDs. it's another story for copying data discs. Feb 9, 2010 at 23:46
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    Burn's "Copy" mode will write two files: a .iso and a .isoinfo file. After you've written these from the source CD, you need to load these back in to Burn to write to the target CD. In order to do so, select the isoinfo file, not the iso file. If you attempt to load the iso file into Burn, it will say the format isn't recognised; but given the isoinfo file it will load the iso as well, and get the correct size.
    – Paul Price
    Nov 12, 2015 at 3:54

When copying audio CDs I highly recommend ripping to hard disk first. The reason is quality control - ripping audio to disk allows your application to use error detection & correction mechanisms that a straight disc-to-disc copy won't perform. Additionally, it gives you a chance to play the tracks and make sure the rip is correct. Especially for scratched CDs, you really want a secure ripping program to help you get the best copy possible.

In iTunes, rip to Apple Lossless or AIFF or WAV formats for best results (other formats encode the data in a lossy format that loses quality).

Other ripper programs include Roxio Toast, Max from sbooth.org, and the open-source Burn that other answers have mentioned. OSX's built-in Disk Utility is not recommended for copying audio CDs. If you want EAC-like quality (perfect rips of even the most scratched discs), Max seems to be highly recommended.

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