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Is there a way to create a writable (from iTunes) DVD in Snow Leopard

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Instead of burning my iTunes Library to a physical disk I'd like to write it to a virtual drive.  Is there a way to create a virtual drive in Mac OS X.  Something like Daemon Tools in Windows.
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by:Frosty555
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If you open Disk Utility, there is a "New +" icon which lets you make a new DMG, and then you can mount it and add files to it as you like. You can burn the DMG from disk utility as well later.
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by:roylong
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Make sure to set the image size to DVD (4.7GB) and read/write - also good (faster) to not have encrypted selected too.

I usually keep one of these on my local HD then a copy on my memory stick and write two DVD copies when it's full - just to be sure :)

When you open a DMG in disk utility there is a burn option in the menu bar.
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by:sscotti
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I am aware of that method, and it works OK.  I was looking for something a little more integrated that works well.

There is something called TuneClone that actually creates a virtual DVD/CD that shows up as a device in iTunes when you burn a playlist to disk, but I didn't really like the way it works and it isn't stable.
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by:roylong
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What are you trying to achieve?

Backup the tunes? Put your iTunes library on a virtual disk for some other reason?  Create a playable DVD?
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by:sscotti
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I want to export to mp3 or other format, remove the DRM and reimport back into iTunes.
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aahh.. ..you cannot export from iTunes if the content is DRM (AAC) from iTunes store.

You can only export your ripped tunes or downloads from other sources imported into iTunes and that were not downloaded from itunes store.

You can access all the files in the iTunes Music folder - usually /Users/username/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music

I do not know if you can do anything with those files outside of iTunes.

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