How to Burn an MP3 CD in Order

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How to Burn an MP3 CD in Order
Burn an MP3 CD in order using iTunes. (cd on cd image by Stephen Kirkby from

Listeners can burn MP3 CDs for use in MP3 CD players at home or in the car. However, if listeners drag and drop MP3 files into CD burning software in bulk, the software will arrange them in a random order instead of the order maintained on the album. If users immediately burn the CD without checking the order of the tracks, the software will burn each song in the order listed in the burn queue. This is frustrating for many users, but is a problem users can overcome by rearranging tracks in the software before burning.

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Things you need

  • Blank CD
  • MP3 tracks
  • iTunes software
  • CD drive with CD burning capability

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  1. 1

    Launch iTunes software. Select the "+" button on the bottom of the window to create and name a new playlist.

  2. 2

    Drag and drop MP3 songs from the computer or the iTunes library into the playlist. Rachel Wolan of Cnet Reviews recommends including individual files, not file folders.

  3. 3

    Drag tracks into the desired order in the burn pane. Sort alphabetically by clicking the top of the "Name" column or sort by artist by selecting "Artist" from the top of the column.

  4. 4

    Right-click the name of the playlist in the left pane. Select "Copy to Play Order" to keep the order arrangement when iTunes burns the CD. Right-click the playlist again and select "Burn Playlist to Disc." Choose "MP3 CD" as the burn format.

  5. 5

    Insert a blank CD into the CD drive of the computer. iTunes will start burning the CD without further action. Leave the computer alone until the burn process is complete.

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