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.

How do I find the IP address on my Mac?

From time to time you need to know the IP address for your Mac. What you might not know is that there are usually two IP addresses on your computer if it’s connected to the Internet. There is an internal IP address that is between your computer and your router or cable modem. There is also a public IP address that is used to find your computer on the Internet.

Finding your public IP address is really simple, you just need to type public IP address into Google.

Finding your internal IP address is pretty simple too. All you need to do is open the Network Preferences Pane and select the active network.

network preferences pane internal IP address

If you have a Macbook connected to a display you might see more than one network listed the Pane defaults to selecting the active network.

Make your Desktop less transparent in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Yosemite intoduced a new visual style that for some takes a bit of getting used to. One of the things you might not like is the high level of transparency in the Dock. Luckily it’s easy to reduce the transparency in the Dock through your System Preferences.

To reduce the transparency, open System Preferences and clicks the Accessbility Preference Pane.

Yosemite Acessibility Preferences Reduce Transparency

Select Display from the options on the left. Then, click the Reduce transparency check box. The effects are immediate.


The Secret to Keeping Junk Out of Your Spotlight Results

Have you ever tried search for files using Spotlight only to get buried by a bunch of irrelevant results? If so, this quick tip should help you clean up your Spotlight results.

Spotlight has a handy feature that allows you to exclude certain directories from the Spotlight results. You can use it to exclude junk email folder, temporary directories and even Time Machine backup volumes. It’s pretty easy to setup.

First, open up the Spotlight Preferences Pane. Click System Preferences -> Spotlight.

Next, click the Privacy Button

This opens up a list of directories that you wish to exclude from your results. Choose them and click ok. You’ll see the directories appear in the Privacy list.

Hope that helps you keep your Spotlight results more relevant.

Control What Happens When You Insert A DVD or CD

When you insert a CD or DVD player into your Mac the OS X detects the disc type and then will launch the appropriate program. With CDs it will launch iTunes, with DVDs it will launch the DVD player. In most cases, this is exactly what you want to happen. However, if you want to prevent the DVD Player application from launching when you insert a DVD or iTunes from launching when you insert a CD then you need to turn these actions off.

I have my DVD player setup so that it doesn’t launch any application when you insert a disc. You can also customize it to open a different application. The first step is to open the System Preferences. Then, click the CDs & DVD preference

When you click on this it opens the preferences that lets you set the action you want to take for each device.

CDs & DVDs Preference showing Disc menu

If you insert a blank DVD or CD you can specify whether or not to launch a disc burning application. The default, Ask what to do is generally a good setting for blanks.

If you insert a disc with content on it, music, pictures or video you can take additional actions. The options above the horizontal line are default behaviors. If you click Open other application you can browse to a specific OS X application. Run script is useful if you have any custom actions you want to perform on the disc. Finally, Ignore will do nothing. For DVDs, I prefer Ignore.