1Gb is fine. Don't run anything else when ripping!
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Paulfolbrecht: 03-13-08: /snip/...I get an average of one dropout every 2-3 tracks if the machine is running ANYTHING else at the time! What a PITA.Paul
you get a dropout of WHAT?
...un-ripped songs from ripping session?
...songs during playback when hardwired to output?
...songs during playback when using wireless?
All would be a PITA to me.
(I've used a PPC PowerBook Titanium and (now) an Intel MacBookPro and never had erroneous rips from CD only dropouts during APExpress playback)
Mac's seem to do better with 2 Gb, and all the magazines tests confirm this, so buy the extra RAM. As for the dropouts, DAMN that sucks!
Do you have the error correction in the preferences panel set to on???
I just ripped a few hundred more discs and have yet to find an error in mine with this one...
Oh, BTW I hope you are ripping to a lossless format as if you aren't, you'll just end up doing it all over again some day..... Trust me from someone who's done his entire music collection twice, it aint fun!
I have 4 Gb in my Macbok Pro, which came with 2 Gb installed. Bought the additional 2 Gb here for a silly low price compared to what Apple charges. Installing it is a breeze.
I would agree that 2 Gb is preferable to 1 Gb.
In an absolute sense nearly any computer will work more efficiently with more RAM installed. The Mac OS X system can do more things quicker with the extra RAM. That said, if the computer is being used solely to run iTunes, then 1 Gb is more than sufficient for ripping and playback purposes. iTunes is not a RAM intensive program. But then again, I agree, RAM is cheap. If anyone can point to test(s) showing added RAM significantly decreasing rip times, please post.
One more time -- don't do anything else on the computer when ripping.