How to Burn A CD In iTunes

by Michael Cox

    A hard drive stuffed full of MP3 files is great for filling your home with music or loading your iPhone or iPod to take with you. When you need an "old-fashioned" compact disc, however, it's nice to know that Apple's iTunes can oblige. Taking the compressed audio in an MP3 and turning it into an uncompressed audio CD won't magically improve your music's fidelity, but it won't harm it either, and you'll have something you can listen to on an old boom box or car stereo.

    Step 1

    Open iTunes and create a new playlist and then drag the songs you want from the Music library or another playlist.

    Step 2

    Click the name of the playlist to open it and drag the songs within the playlist to reorder them as you'd like to hear them on the CD. Make sure the check box beside each song is checked to include it on your CD.

    Step 3

    Insert a blank CD-R disc and choose "Burn Playlist to Disc" from the File menu. In the Burn Settings dialog box, choose "Audio CD" as your disc format and set the options you prefer. "Gap Between Songs" will add the specified gap to any silence already existing at the beginning and end of each track. "Use Sound Check" will adjust the volume level of each track using iTunes' "Sound Check" feature. "Include CD Text" will add artist and track names that will appear in CD players supporting CD text.

    Step 4

    Click "Burn" to burn the CD. If the music in your playlist is more than will fit on a CD, iTunes will give you the option to either cancel and remove music from the playlist or split the playlist across multiple CDs.

    Step 5

    When iTunes has finished burning your CD, it will check the disc for errors and then eject the completed CD.

    Tips

    • To create the highest fidelity for your CD, use the highest-quality music files possible. Music originally imported in AIFF or Apple Lossless format will have higher fidelity than music in MP3 or AAC format. Music on a CD is uncompressed in AIFF format, and will be the same size on the disc no matter how small the source files may be.

    Required Items

    • Computer with CD-R capable drive
    • Blank CD-R disc

    About the Author

    Michael Cox writes about lifestyle issues, popular culture, sports and technology. In a career spanning more than 10 years, he has contributed to dozens of magazines, books and websites, including MSN.com and "Adobe Magazine." Cox holds a professional certificate in technical communications from the University of Washington.

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