How to Rip DVDs and Add Them to Your iTunes Library

While you may get your movies and TV shows digitally, you probably still have a DVD collection. You can certainly watch these DVDs the usual way, with a DVD player, but wouldn’t it be great to add them to your iTunes library, so you can sync them to your iPad or iPhone, and watch them anywhere? Ripping DVDs on a Mac is simple; it takes a bit more time than ripping CDs, but it’s not much more difficult.

iTunes can’t do this, of course, since ripping DVDs involve a gray area of copyright law. Fair use suggests that you should be able to rip them for personal use, but in some countries this is patently illegal. I won’t deal with those issues here. If you feel that it’s right to rip DVDs you own, then read on to find out how.

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4 thoughts on “How to Rip DVDs and Add Them to Your iTunes Library

  1. Nice article, and 2 pieces of software I didn’t know about previously – thank you. 3 questions though – how big do your DVD rips end up, where do you store them – obviously a 1TB disk runs out fast and does iFlicks find metadata for the added features of a DVD? I buy DVDs because they are things we re-watch and for the added features. For example I have 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea primarily for all the ‘how they made it’ features.

    • DVDs are 2-3 GB; Blu-Rays around 6-8 GB (but many of my Blu-Rays are of Shakespeare plays, which are fairly long). I keep my media on an external drive.

      I don’t rip extra features, so I’m not sure how iFlicks handles that. Ask them; they’re very good at handling queries.

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