Stop iTunes from opening when you insert a CD

I like burning my CDs in a lossy format. I could use Apple’s lossy compression algorithm built into iTunes but I prefer to use FLAC. Unfortunately, iTunes doesn’t do FLAC so I’m forced to use XLD. However, every time I stick a CD into my Mac iTunes opens asking me if I want to burn a disc.

What I want to do is have XLD launch whenever I insert a CD into the Mac. It’s pretty easy to do but it’s not obvious.


To specify your Mac’s behavior when a CD or DVD is inserted you use the System Preferences.

CDs & DVDs System Preference

CDs & DVDs System Preference

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click CDs & DVDs. (If you don’t have an optical drive built into or attached to your Mac, CDs & DVDs preferences aren’t available.)

  2. Use the pop-up menus to choose an action for the type of inserted disc.

Now, when I pop a CD in, my favorite CD ripping application opens.

Organize Your Folders Like Nice Little Soldiers

Oi vey, how do I straighten these up?

I’m a fairly organized guy. No, I’m not some super neat freak but I do like things lined up neatly so that I can find them. My desk at home is pretty organized and I like to think my Mac is fairly organized too. You can imagine then my dismay when I went to play […]

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Throw out those Product Manuals!

I used to have a couple of boxes worth of product manuals stashed away in my house. I kept them just in case I needed had a problem and needed to look up the answer. This eventually became unmanageable so I decide that I could easily do this more effectively on my Mac. Now, when […]

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Hazel helps automate Flac to iTunes conversion

Hazel help transcode

I’ve written about XLD and how cool it is to convert FLAC and APE files into iTunes. Using that program is only part of my workflow though. After using XLD for a while I wanted a more streamlined automated workflow. Ideally, I wanted to take a bunch of FLAC files put it into a folder […]

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Finally! Never Look at Another Piece of Paper in Your House Again

I have a huge filing cabinet and I hate using it. Each day, I get mail – junk mail, bills, medical records, brochures, manuals, school work, investments. You name it, I get it. These papers end up stacked like little mountains in my kitchen, on my step and on top of my filing cabinet. I […]

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