How To Burn MP3 To A CD
If you have a large music collection your computer you may want to know how to burn MP3s to a CD. There are many benefits to burning an MP3 collection to a CD. Whether you want to share your music with friends, back up your MP3 files, or take your music collection to your car or stereo, knowing how to properly burn an MP3 to a CD can save you a lot of time and effort.
To burn an MP3 to a CD, you will need:
- MP3 files
- a computer with a CD drive capable of burning CDs
- a blank CD
- CD burning software
- Choosing the appropriate blank CD. There are a couple different options when it comes to blank media and choosing the right one can make the difference between a usable music CD and a wasted disk. The two main types of CDs are CD-Rs and CD-RWs. A CD-R is a CD which can be written only once. A CD-RW can be rewritten over and over again. CD-R discs are best for music CDs that you want to be able to play in your stereo, etc. CD-RW discs are best for storing backups or moving files from one place to another. Most stereos and music players will not recognize CD-RW discs but this varies product to product.
- CD burning software. Once you have your blank media purchased, you are ready to begin burning your MP3 to a CD. Before you can truly begin though you must make sure that you have burning software installed on your computer. Most computers which have the proper CD drives come with some sort of burning software preloaded. You can also find many different options for purchase online or for free. Find out which software you have installed and, if you do not have any burning software, purchase or download the one that best fits your needs.
- Burning your MP3 to a CD. There are few different methods for going about burning your MP3 to a CD, depending on your software. Typically you will open the burning software, insert a blank disc, and select the files that you want to transfer. Add them to your disc and begin the burning process. If you are creating a music CD you will want to close out the disc at the end of the session. If you are burning MP3 files for backup or transfer you can leave the disc open after the session ends if you think you will be adding more files later. After the software has finished burning you will have a brand new CD full of your MP3 files and you can begin listening to music, sharing your collection with your friends, or transferring your files to a new computer right away.