Lots of readers are writing in with questions about iTunes 12 and its quirks. In this week's column, I explain how to import single tracks from CDs, which is different in the latest version of iTunes. I look at the iCloud Download column that displays in list views. I try and explain why Apple Music's music files have DRM. And I highlight a bug in the way iTunes displays some information about playlists.
Ripping individual tracks from CDs
Q: Sometimes I want to rip just a few tracks on a CD, not the entire disc. Previously, you could drag and drop tracks from a CD right onto the Music library. Now, you can only add a track to a playlist. Is there any other way to import just one track?
Prior to iTunes 12, the sidebar displayed the selected library (Music, Movies, etc.) and its playlists. Dragging one or more tracks from a CD to the top of that sidebar added those tracks to the Music library. As the reader points out, you can no longer do this.
In iTunes 12, when you view a CD, you don't see a sidebar. But if you drag tracks to the left edge of the window, a sidebar slides over. However, there is no Music library in the sidebar; just your playlists. You can drag one or more tracks to a playlist, but only to a playlist. This is actually how I usually rip CDs. I add them to a playlist called Temp, where I can change their tags and add album art. Doing this, I don't have to search for the files in my library.
If you do want to import one or more tracks and not an entire CD, what you can do is uncheck the tracks you don't want to import. Click Import CD at the top right of the iTunes window and iTunes will import the checked tracks only.
Too many clouds
Q: Is there was any way to remove the iCloud Download column from iTunes?
The iCloud Download column this reader is referring to is the one with the cloud in the column header in the screenshot below.
This column shows, in list views, which files are on your computer, and which are in the cloud. When a file is in the cloud, you see the cloud-with-arrow icon in that column; when files are on your computer, that column is empty.
You can hide that column by clicking the View Options menu--it's the popover at the top right of the iTunes window, and, in list view for music, it should say Songs. Click Show Columns, and then select iCloud Download to uncheck it and hide it.
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