How to convert MP3 to CD player format

Updated April 17, 2017

Many people have MP3s but their cars only have a CD player, or they try to burn the MP3s to a CD, but something goes wrong and the CD won't play. While it's possible that the CD player is incompatible with CD-R discs, the more likely reason is that they burnt a data disc instead of an audio disc.

Unless you burn a CD-R to the audio disc format, your CD player likely won't be able to read it. Luckily, burning an audio disc is easy to do with any CD burning software.

Load Nero Burning ROM. Click the "New" button in the main program window to open the "New Compilation" window.

Select the "Audio CD" option from the menu on the left-hand side of the New Compilation Window. From here you can adjust the CD-burning options, including whether you want a gap between songs on your CD and whether you want the disc normalised to even out the playing volume between different MP3s.

Click the "New" button at the bottom of the window. This opens the Selection Window. Drag the MP3s you want on your audio CD into the window and drop them in the order you'd like them to play on your disc.

Insert a blank CD-R into your computer's CD burner. Click on the "Burn" button to begin burning your audio CD.

Load the Roxio Easy CD and DVD Creator program. Select "Creator Classic" from the main menu.

Click on the "File" menu in the Creator Classic window. Scroll down to and select "New," then select the "Music CD" option.

Browse your computer for the MP3 files you'd like added to your disc using the "Source" menu. When you locate the files, drag and drop them into the "Project" window. Arrange the files in the order you'd like them to play on the CD.

Insert a blank CD-R disc into your computer's CD burner. Click "Details" in the Record Setup menu that appears to adjust your burn settings, if necessary. When you're ready, click "OK" to burn your MP3s to an audio CD.

Load CDBurnerXP. From the start-up menu, select the "Audio CD" option. Click "OK" to continue.

Locate the MP3s you want burnt to an audio CD on your computer. Drag and drop these files into the tracklist window at the bottom of the main program window. When you've added all the tracks you want on your disc, you can adjust the order of tracks by right-clicking on the track you want to move and using the up and down arrows to move it in the tracklist order.

Insert a blank CD-R into your computer's CD-burning drive. Click on the "Burn" button in CDBurnerXP to begin the burning process.

Things You'll Need

  • CD-R
  • MP3 files
  • CD burner
  • CD-burning software
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Kevin Caron has over a decade of experience in the publishing industry. He has written for newspapers and served in various editorial roles for a number of publishing companies. Caron holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Keene State College in Keene, N.H.