How to Copy a CD on a Mac

By Bill Brown

Updated February 10, 2017

Copy your CDs with iTunes or Disk Utility.
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You can make a copy of a CD on a Mac a couple of different ways. For audio CDs, the best way is to import the CD into iTunes and burn a copy. For data CDs, the Mac's Disk Utility feature will make a virtual master copy of your CD on your Mac, which you can use to make exact copies of your original CD.


Open iTunes and insert the CD you want to copy into your Mac.

When the CD information appears on the screen, click "Import" at the bottom of the screen.

Eject the CD when the import is finished.

Click the "+" at the bottom of the iTunes window to create a new playlist and name it.

Drag the tracks from the CD you imported into your new playlist.

Insert the blank CD into your Mac.

Select "File" from the top menu, then "Burn playlist to disc." Click "Burn."

Disk Utility

Insert the CD you want to copy into your Mac.

Click on the desktop to go to the Finder and choose "Go" from the top menu, followed by "Utilities." Select "Disk Utility."

Select your CD from the menu on the right side of the Disk Utility window.

Click "New Image" at the top of the window.

Eject your CD when the image is created and insert a blank CD.

Highlight the disk image you just created in menu on the left side of the Disk Utility window and click "Burn."

Click "Burn" in the pop-up window.