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How to Copy Songs From iTunes to a CD

Updated February 21, 2017

iTunes is a program created by Apple that organises your music files and will synchronise them with the iPod MP3 player. You can also use iTunes as your primary media player and to burn songs to a CD. Burning CDs with iTunes allows you to make your own mix CDs that you can listen to in any CD player.

Go to Apple's iTunes site (see the link in the Resources section). Click on the "Download iTunes" button to download the set-up file. Double-click the file to open it and follow the directions to install the program.

Open iTunes and click on the "File" menu at the top of the screen and click "Add music." Select your music library and click on "Add" to add the files to iTunes.

Click on the "+" sign in the lower left-hand corner of the iTunes window to open the playlist frame. Drag the files you want to be on your CD into the playlist window. Use this window to place the songs to be burnt in the correct order.

Insert the blank CD into your computer.

Click the "Preferences" button in the top of the iTunes window. Click on the "Advanced" menu and click on "Burning" to open the burning window.

Click on the pull-down menu next to "Preferred Speed" and choose the speed of your burner. If you don't know your burner speed, click on "Best Possible." Click on "Audio CD" under "Disc Format." Click on "Burn Disc" in the upper left-hand corner of the screen to burn the CD.

Tip

iTunes makes it easy to burn multiple CDs. Just go back to the main library screen and drag a new list of songs to the playlist section.

Warning

CDs can only handle 700 MB of music, so make sure your playlist is not too big to fit on the CD. If it is, you will need to burn two separate CDs

Things You'll Need

  • iTunes
  • Blank CD
  • MP3 files to burn
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About the Author

R.L. Cultrona is a San Diego native and a graduate of San Diego State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater, television and film with a minor in communications and political science. She began writing online instructional articles in June 2009.