If you’ve taken a strong interest in iTunes, you’re undoubtedly aware that the current version of the program allows you to burn seven duplicate copies of a playlist that contains music purchased from the iTunes Music Store. But you may be wondering what needs to be modified in that playlist in order for you to burn seven additional copies. After breezily telling friends and family that only a minor change was necessary, I decided to zero in on exactly what iTunes wants from you in order for this to happen.
After burning seven copies successfully, the eighth try produced this dialog box:
In an attempt to make as minor a modification as possible, I changed the order of the tracks. No go. I then dragged an AIFF file that contained five seconds of silence into the playlist and attempted to burn a disc. Again, no joy as the “That’s just about enough out of you, buddy” dialog box reappeared. Taking the scientific approach, I created silent files in increments of 10 seconds to see when iTunes would relent.
Taking a step back I created a 61-second silent file and, glory be, iTunes was happy to burn the disc.
So, Method 1 is to add a track to the playlist that’s at least 61 seconds long.
After listening to the album a couple of times I stumbled upon Method 2. Delete any track (and, in this case, preferably Avril Lavigne’s ill-advised swipe at “
O Holy Night
”) and you’re welcome to burn seven additional copies.
Update: In my subsequent entry,
More on iTunes and the 7-burn limit, I address a number of reader questions and comments about this article. Tune in!