How to burn music to a CD 2018




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How to Burn Songs on to a CD

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This wikiHow teaches you how to burn song files, such as MP3s, onto a blank CD. If you want to be able to play the songs off of the CD, you'll need to burn the CD using iTunes or Windows Media Player. You can also burn music files (along with other files) onto a regular CD using basic Windows or Mac settings.

Steps

Creating an Audio CD with iTunes

  1. Make sure that you have an audio CD.Audio CDs differ from standard CDs in that they will automatically play audio when inserted into a CD player or stereo. When buying blank CDs, look for "recordable" or "audio" in the description.
  2. Obtain a DVD drive if necessary.Most Mac computers and many Windows computers don't ship with optical drives (also known as DVD drives) into which you can insert a CD, meaning you might need to buy a USB optical drive. You can find these in tech stores and online.
    • If your computer has an optical drive, look for the word "DVD" on or near the drive. If you don't see "DVD" there, the drive that you have cannot burn CDs and you'll still need to buy an external one.
    • Make sure that your optical drive has burn capabilities. This feature should be mentioned in the product description.
    • If you're using a Mac, you'll need a USB-C optical drive, or a USB 3.0 to USB-C adapter.
  3. Insert the audio CD into the DVD drive.Place the CD face-up in the DVD drive's tray, then close the tray.
  4. Open iTunes.Its app icon resembles a multicolored musical note on a white background.
  5. Click .This option is in the top-left corner of the iTunes window (Windows) or in the top-left corner of the screen (Mac). A drop-down menu will appear.
  6. Select .It's near the top of theFiledrop-down menu.
  7. ClickPlaylist.You'll find this in theNewpop-out window. A text field will appear in the iTunes sidebar.
  8. Enter a playlist name.Type in your preferred name for your playlist, then pressEnter. This will create the playlist in the left-hand sidebar of the iTunes window.
  9. Add songs to the playlist.Click and drag songs from your library onto the playlist's title, then drop them there. You can do this one at a time, or you can select multiple songs by holding down orCommandwhile clicking songs.
    • If you aren't in library view, click theSongssection below the "Library" heading in order to view a list of your songs.
    • You can add up to 80 minutes of music to a standard audio CD.
  10. Select the playlist.Once you've added 80 (or fewer) minutes of audio to the playlist, click the playlist to open it.
  11. Open the "Burn" menu.ClickFileagain, then clickBurn Playlist to Discnear the top of the drop-down menu. A new window will appear.
  12. Check the "Audio CD" box.It should be in the middle of the menu.
  13. Click .This is at the bottom of the menu. Doing so will prompt iTunes to begin burning your playlist's songs onto the CD.
    • This process can take up to half a minute per song, so be patient.
  14. Eject your CD.When the burning process completes, you can eject your CD from the optical drive and try playing it in a stereo (or another computer) to test it.

Creating an Audio CD with Windows Media Player

  1. Make sure that you have an audio CD.Audio CDs differ from standard CDs in that they will automatically play audio when inserted into a CD player or stereo. When buying blank CDs, look for "recordable" or "audio" in the description.
  2. Obtain a DVD drive if necessary.Most Mac computers and many Windows computers don't ship with optical drives (also known as DVD drives) into which you can insert a CD, meaning you might need to buy a USB optical drive. You can find these in tech stores and online.
    • If your computer has an optical drive, look for the word "DVD" on or near the drive. If you don't see "DVD" there, the drive that you have cannot burn CDs and you'll still need to buy an external one.
    • Make sure that your optical drive has burn capabilities. This feature should be mentioned in the product description.
    • If you're using a Mac, you'll need a USB-C optical drive, or a USB 3.0 to USB-C adapter.
  3. Insert the audio CD into the DVD drive.Place the CD face-up in the DVD drive's tray, then close the tray.
  4. Open Start .Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  5. Type inwindows media player.This will search your computer for the Windows Media Player program.
    • Not all Windows 10 computers have Windows Media Player built in, and you can no longer download Windows Media Player from Microsoft. If your computer doesn't have Windows Media Player, you'll need to instead.
  6. ClickWindows Media Player.It's a blue, orange, and white icon at the top of the Start window.
  7. Click the tab.You'll find this in the upper-right corner of the window.
  8. Add music to the CD.Click and drag songs that you want to burn into the "Burn" sidebar, which is on the right side of the Windows Media Player window.
    • If you can't see individual songs, first click theMusictab on the left side of the window.
    • You can add up to 70 minutes of audio without Windows Media Player attempting to split the audio onto a second disk.
  9. Click the "Menu" icon.It's a white box with green checkmarks in it. You'll find it just below theSynctab in the "Burn" section. Clicking it prompts a drop-down menu.
  10. Check the "Audio CD" option.This is near the top of the drop-down menu.
  11. ClickStart burn.It's in the upper-left corner of the "Burn" section. Your songs will begin burning onto the CD.
    • Depending on the speed of your drive, this process may take several minutes.
  12. Eject your CD.When the burning process completes, you can eject your CD from the optical drive and try playing it in a stereo (or another computer) to test it.

Creating a Storage CD on Windows

  1. Make sure that you have a blank CD.This can be a CD-R or a CD-RW, so long as it is blank.
  2. Obtain a DVD drive if necessary.Most Mac computers and many Windows computers don't ship with optical drives (also known as DVD drives) into which you can insert a CD, meaning you might need to buy a USB optical drive. You can find these in tech stores and online.
    • If your computer has an optical drive, look for the word "DVD" on or near the drive. If you don't see "DVD" there, the drive that you have cannot burn CDs and you'll still need to buy an external one.
    • Make sure that your optical drive has burn capabilities. This feature should be mentioned in the product description.
    • If you're using a Mac, you'll need a USB-C optical drive, or a USB 3.0 to USB-C adapter.
  3. Insert the CD into the DVD drive.Place the CD face-up in the DVD drive's tray, then close the tray.
  4. Open Start .Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  5. Open File Explorer .Click the folder-shaped icon in the lower-left side of the Start window.
  6. Select a file location.On the left side of the window, click the folder in which the music files that you want to burn are located.
  7. Select files to burn.Click and drag your mouse across the files that you want to burn, or select individual ones by holding down while clicking each one that you want to burn.
  8. Click .This tab is in the upper-left corner of the window. A toolbar will appear at the top of the File Explorer window.
  9. ClickBurn to disc.It's an option in the "Send" section of the toolbar. Doing so prompts a pop-up window.
  10. Click .This is at the bottom of the pop-up window.
  11. ClickFinishwhen prompted.This will complete the burn process and, in some cases, eject the burned disc. Your music files are now stored on the CD.

Creating a Storage CD on Mac

  1. Make sure that you have a blank CD.This can be a CD-R or a CD-RW, so long as it is blank.
  2. Obtain a DVD drive if necessary.Most Mac computers and many Windows computers don't ship with optical drives (also known as DVD drives) into which you can insert a CD, meaning you might need to buy a USB optical drive. You can find these in tech stores and online.
    • If your computer has an optical drive, look for the word "DVD" on or near the drive. If you don't see "DVD" there, the drive that you have cannot burn CDs and you'll still need to buy an external one.
    • Make sure that your optical drive has burn capabilities. This feature should be mentioned in the product description.
    • If you're using a Mac, you'll need a USB-C optical drive, or a USB 3.0 to USB-C adapter.
  3. Insert the CD into the DVD drive.Place the CD face-up in the DVD drive's tray, then close the tray.
  4. Open Finder.Click the blue face icon in your Mac's Dock. A Finder window will open.
  5. Select a file location.Click a folder on the left side of the window. This should be a folder that contains music files which you want to burn onto the CD.
  6. Select songs to burn.Click and drag your mouse across the files that you want to burn, or select individual ones by holding downCommandwhile clicking each one that you want to burn.
  7. Copy the songs.ClickEditin your Mac's menu bar, then clickCopy Itemsin the resulting drop-down menu.
    • You can also pressCommand+Cto copy these files.
  8. Open your CD.Click your CD's name in the left-hand sidebar of the Finder window, or double-click your CD on your Mac's desktop.
  9. Paste in the songs.ClickEditagain, then clickPaste Itemsin the drop-down menu.
    • You can also pressCommand+Vto paste files.
  10. Click .It's a menu item in the top-left corner of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear.
  11. Click .This option is in theFiledrop-down menu, and will have the CD's name to the right of it.
  12. Click when prompted.It's near the bottom of the pop-up window. Your music files will begin burning onto the CD.
  13. Wait for the files to finish burning.When the burn is complete, you'll be prompted to clickOK, at which point you can safely eject the disc. Your music files are now stored on your CD.

Community Q&A

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  • Question
    How do I add other songs to a disc that already has something burned on it?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    That can only be done if the disc is rewritable. If it's not then it wont work.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Why does my computer not read the CD song titles correctly?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    There can be many reasons for this. The CD might be corrupted or scratched, the songs might not have recorded properly or have jumped during recording due to movement, there might be DRM on it, etc. Or, there could be a malfunction with your computer's software or even its CD drive. You'd need to explore each of the different possibilities.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How do I burn all my songs onto one CD instead of multiple cds?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If you have under 80 minutes of music, then you can put all of your songs on one instead of multiple very easily, just by creating a playlist in iTunes and burning the CD.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Why does it say "disc burner not found"?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You most likely have to reinstall the disc burner or there could be an error in the system's software writing.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Can I make a CD of songs from my phone?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If you are trying to burn a CD, you will have to do it through your computer. The songs you have on your phone are probably accessible on iTunes, so you can download them from there onto a CD.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How do I put songs into a media player?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    To add media files to your Windows Media Player library, select the file(s) you would like to add and then right-click. Select "Add to Windows Media Player list." The files should then appear in your Windows Media Player playlist.
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  • Question
    Where do I get the music to download?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    One great source is archive.org. Among their collections are The Grateful Dead, Blues Traveler, Audio books, Jazz, Cylinder and 78RPM music, podcasts, and old time Radio. Truly something for everyone, if you spend enough time looking.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Can I do this on laptop?
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    Community Answer
    Yes, as long as the laptop has a CD drive.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Will the CD still work if I write the name of the song on it?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If you use a sharpie and write the name on the top of the CD (not the side that the CD player reads), you'll be fine.
    Thanks!
Unanswered Questions
  • How do I delete files from a CD to make space for my songs.
  • My space to drag the songs to for the list of songs to burn to my CD is limited and I cannot fit more on it even though my CD has more minutes left. How do I add to the list?
  • Can I do Music Fusion on my laptop?
  • Even if I put in a CD-R, it doesn't come up on my computer settings. How can I make the CD-R appear or work?
  • I have internet explorer 11 and windows 10, how do I burn music in a CD?
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  • CDs burned on Windows and Mac are generally usable on both platforms.

Warnings

  • Spotify, Google Play Music, and other streaming services are not able to burn CDs, as their music is copyright-protected.

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