Ok so here is how we optimize the computer side. First make sure that all the importing is done with Apple Lossless format. As the name suggests no data is lost in this format, kind of like zipping an audio file. The data in is the same as data output.
In versions before iTunes 5.0 this screen can be found here: iTunes->Preferences->Importing (OSX and Windows).
Starting (as shown) in version 5.0 this screen can be found in iTunes->Preferences->Advanced->Importing
Also there are usually items in the configuration such as error reading and recovery and buffering size (used for internet streaming, in iTunes Advanced settings). Always set the parameter for error recovery when reading audio CD's. If there are any other buffering options, always set them to the highest allowable. Here is a image of the iTunes setup screen for Importing:
Apple's iTunes is a great free software package available for both MAC and PC platforms link is here: iTunes
Also check these settings under iTunes->Preferences->Playback:
Make sure that the Sound Enhancer is off and the Sound Check as each of these will effect the data going out of iTunes. Also make sure you have the equalizer off (under Window in pull downs).
If you are using iTunes on a PC I would suggest using Vista instead of earlier Windows version because DirectSound does not have the KMIXER in Vista.
iTunes allows you all the options mentioned above you can download import songs make play lists what ever. I think it is one of the best FREE software packages you can find to augment the Cosecant into a full media package.
Just a few notes about adding a hard drive, NAS server or other location for your Music Files.
In 10.x your music files are located here:
In this directory is index files, library files and a sub directory called iTunes Music (where the songs are).
Hand moving these files is not a good idea!
There are 2 commands to expand your library:
1) File->Add to Library
Use this when you want to address music files that are located elsewhere but do not want to add to this area.
Make sure the option in Preferences->Advanced->Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to Library is check off or it will add all these files to your present library directory.
2) Preferences->Advanced->Change: iTunes Music folder location
If your present file system is strapped for area and you want to add a new area, then simply change the folder location. All your original music is fine. iTunes will now store all new Music Files into this new loaction. Note: All of the iTunes music information and misc files will stay in their original space in <your name>Music->iTunes.
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