How to Burn a CD | Digital Trends

Burning a CD involves copying or “burning” digital audio files onto a blank CD, creating a playable audio CD. Here’s a general guide on how to burn a CD:

Using Windows Media Player (Windows):

  1. Insert Blank CD:
    • Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW into your computer’s CD/DVD drive.
  2. Open Windows Media Player:
    • Open Windows Media Player on your computer.
  3. Select Burn Tab:
    • Click on the “Burn” tab located in the top-right corner of the Windows Media Player window.
  4. Add Music:
    • Drag and drop the music files you want to burn into the burn list on the right side of the window.
  5. Arrange Tracks (Optional):
    • Arrange the tracks in the order you want them to appear on the CD.
  6. Start Burning:
    • Click the “Start Burn” button. Windows Media Player will start copying the selected music files to the CD.
  7. Finalize the Disc (Optional):
    • Some CD players may require finalization. If prompted, choose to finalize the disc.
  8. Eject CD:
    • Once the process is complete, eject the burned CD.

Using iTunes (Mac or Windows):

  1. Insert Blank CD:
    • Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW into your computer’s CD/DVD drive.
  2. Open iTunes:
    • Open iTunes on your computer.
  3. Create Playlist:
    • Create a new playlist and add the songs you want to burn to the playlist.
  4. Insert Playlist into Burn List:
    • Drag the playlist to the right side of the iTunes window to the “Burn Playlist to Disc” section.
  5. Adjust Settings:
    • Adjust the burn settings (CD format, speed, etc.) if needed.
  6. Start Burning:
    • Click the “Burn” button to start the burning process.
  7. Eject CD:
    • Once the process is complete, eject the burned CD.

Using Third-Party Software:

  1. Choose CD Burning Software:
    • Download and install a CD burning software such as Nero, Ashampoo Burning Studio, or ImgBurn.
  2. Open the Software:
    • Open the CD burning software on your computer.
  3. Select Burn Audio CD:
    • Look for an option like “Burn Audio CD” or “Create Audio CD.”
  4. Add Music:
    • Add the audio files you want to burn to the CD to the software.
  5. Adjust Settings:
    • Adjust settings such as burning speed and CD format if needed.
  6. Start Burning:
    • Click the “Burn” or “Start” button to begin the burning process.
  7. Eject CD:
    • Once the process is complete, eject the burned CD.

Remember that the specific steps may vary slightly depending on the version of the software you’re using. Always follow the instructions provided by the software for the best results.