I want to create an exact duplicate of an audio CD on my Mac (Lion). Is there a way that does not involve to import the CD into iTunes? I just don't want to remember that I have to delete the tracks after copying. And I'm not sure if importing and burning again really creates an exact copy. (Track gaps preserved, and so on)

I tried using Finder, Crtl-click the CD, select duplicate. Ctrl-click the resulting Folder and select burn to CD, but that left my with a data CD containing AIFF-Files.

Any ideas, or AppStore suggestions?

  • Do you own the copyright? Commented Dec 13, 2011 at 11:32
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    Does that make a difference to the answer, or are you just trying to remind me, that I should not steal other peoples intellectual property?
    – tonklon
    Commented Dec 13, 2011 at 11:36
  • it does make a difference, if you do not then this promotes illegal activity and is unwelcome on the site, just a disclaimer, see below for software recommendations Commented Dec 13, 2011 at 11:38
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    Oh, yes you are right, I didn't think about that. I just checked and indeed have the right to create a copy in my home country.
    – tonklon
    Commented Dec 13, 2011 at 11:45

2 Answers 2


Toast ($99)

Lets you capture, copy, convert, share and burn discs


Burn (open source)

again does the same but a more basic version which is free.

  • I know about Toast, it's a great software, but a little overkill for this. So I'll try Burn first.
    – tonklon
    Commented Dec 13, 2011 at 11:47
  • Burn is good considering it's a free piece of software. Commented Dec 13, 2011 at 11:48
  • +1 for Toast. I love it! Even if it does cost something.
    – daviesgeek
    Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 19:18

You can use the Disk Utility (included in OS X, Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility) to create an image of a music CD. You can then eject the source disk and with the same Disk Utility you can burn the disk image to a blank CD-R.

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    You can't do this with Disk Utility. It's greyed out for Audio CDs.
    – user66595
    Commented Jan 6, 2014 at 16:53
  • I tried creating an image of the CD using Disk Utility to copy to a blank disk. The problem I encountered was that the disk image created by Disk Utility was larger than the free space available on a standard CD so it didn't allow me to copy the disk image on the CD.
    – user71833
    Commented Mar 1, 2014 at 23:10

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