How to Burn Music to a Compact Disc

Date: July 17, 2021

There are a variety of reasons to burn some or all of your music collection onto a CD, including freeing up space for new songs without losing old ones, creating backups of your favourite music, and taking your music on the road. Decide whether you want to use a CD-R or a CD-RW before you begin. You can only burn things once on a CD-R; you can't erase files and start over. You may do it all over again using the CD-RW. Although this is a benefit, CD-RWs are significantly more expensive than CD-Rs. EZ-Tracks is the source for this information.

Here's how to use Windows Media Player to burn songs to a CD:

To begin, press the Windows Start button.

Select Windows Media Player from the All Programs menu.

Click Library in Windows Media Player to show all the media in your library.

Select Now Playing List from the drop-down menu.

To clear any items from the rightpanel, select Clear List.

Return to Now Playing List and select Burn List.

In the left panel, look for All Music.

To expand the All Music category, click the plus sign next to it.

To see all of the albums in the collection, expand the Album subcategory.

Choose an album. The album's songs are displayed on the right side.

While clicking the music you want to burn onto the CD, keep the CTRL key pressed.

Drag and drop the tracks into the burn list on the screen's far right.

Steps 10 through 12 should be repeated until you've added all of the music you want to burn. You can drag the songs in the burn list up and down to change their order.

In the CD drive, place a blank CD.

Compare the total time on the Burn List to the entire time on the CD. Most CDs have an 80-minute capacity.

Remove any song from the list by right-clicking it and selecting Remove from List from the popup menu.

Verify that Audio CD is selected by clicking the down arrow next to Start Burn.

Start the burning process by clicking Start Burn. When the operation is finished, the computer will eject the CD [source: Microsoft].

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