How to Burn an MP3 CD to a Regular CD

MP3 CDs are not playable on the majority of compact disk players. An MP3 file is a condensed audio file that requires special codecs that most computers have installed, but are not available on the average stereo with CD playback. These files will have to be converted using an audio editing program. One such program that is free and already installed on many computer systems is iTunes.

Step 1

Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer. This will make it easier to convert your audio files to the correct version.

Step 2

Open iTunes once the application has been installed and navigate to the preferences menu located under the main iTunes menu. Click on the preferences menu and a dialog box will appear.

Step 3

Select "General" from the list of tabs within iTunes.

Step 4

Look for the option that states, "When you insert a CD." In the drop down menu, make sure that "Ask to Import CD" is selected.

Step 5

Click on the "Options" import settings menu.

Step 6

Under the "Import Using:" option select "WAV Encoder and the click OK. Leave the other settings alone.

Step 7

Insert the MP3 CD into your computer. It will automatically open iTunes and ask if you would like to import the CD. Confirm that you would like to import the CD.

Step 8

Wait for the CD to finish burning and then select all of the files in the list. Drag them over to the menu on the left under the "Playlists" option. This will automatically create a playlist for your CD.

Step 9

Insert a blank CD-R into your computer. Close any dialog boxes that appear.

Step 10

Select the playlist you created by clicking on the playlist name once. Right-click on the playlist and select the option "Burn Playlist to Disk." When the dialog box opens, make sure Audio CD is selected and then click OK.


For best results in the Burn Settings dialog box that opens in the last step, do not select "Maximum Possible" for burn speed. Using a lower setting will create a better quality disk.


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