How to Burn MP3 Music Files & Folders to CD - 10 Easy Ways

Burn Mp3 Files & Folders to CD

This tutorial will show you step by step how to burn MP3 music files and/or folders to a CD in a few different ways using free and paid CD burning software.

And also how to burn a MP3 disc without using special software, but only using the built-in Windows 7, 8 and 10 disc burning feature.

Contents

Burning MP3 to CD using free and paid ($) software:

What is a MP3 CD?

A MP3 CD is a data CD that contains digital music in the MP3 audio format and can only be played on CD and DVD players that support this audio format.

The advantage of an mp3 CD is that you can burn many songs or even complete folders on one (1) compact disc (CD).

The amount of tracks that can be burned on one CD depends on the file sizes of the MP3 files and the file size of the CD.

Many modern CD-players, DVD-players and car stereos support the MP3 audio format.

You can make and burn a MP3 CD with songs or complete folders for playing on your CD-player, DVD-player or car stereo (so that you don't need to switch between CDs all the time while driving).

How to Burn MP3 Music Files & Folders to CD in Windows 7, 8 & 10

Tip: If you want to have a organized MP3 CD then you should create folders on your computer and copy the MP3 files into these folders before you start the burning process.

  1. Insert a blank CD into the CD/DVD burner drive of your PC.
  2. Go to the location on your computer where the songs and/or folders are stored that you want to burn to a CD.
  3. Select all the songs and/or folders. You can select all songs and/or folders at once by pressing the CTRL + A keys on your keyboard.
  4. Right-click on the selected files and/or folders, go to "Send to" and choose your CD/DVD burner drive (example: DVD RW Drive (E:)).
    • A small "Burn a Disc" window will appear.
  5. Enter a title for your disc at "Disc title".
  6. Select "With a CD/DVD Player" and click on "Next".
    • Your files will now be copied to your CD/DVD burner drive and your CD/DVD burner drive will open in a new window. If not, then go to your CD/DVD burner drive (example: DVD RW Drive (E:)) located at "My Computer" or in the left sidebar of "Windows Explorer".
  7. Click on "Manage" located at the top left.
  8. Click on "Finish burning".

Windows will start burning your Mp3 CD.

How to Burn MP3 Music Files & Folders to CD using Ashampoo Burning Studio Free

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free is a good and user friendly free .

I'm using the paid version of for a while now and it's .

You can download Ashampoo Burning Studio Free .

And:

You can find the paid version of Ashampoo Burning Studio .

Tip: If you want to have a organized MP3 CD then you should create folders on your computer and copy the MP3 files into these folders before you start the burning process.

  1. Insert a blank CD into the CD/DVD burner drive of your PC.
  2. Open Ashampoo Burning Studio Free.
  3. Go to "Music" and choose "Create MP3 or WMA Disc".
  4. Select "MP3" at "Output Format".
  5. Select a bitrate at "Bitrate". Choose a bitrate of 192 kBit/s or higher.
  6. Click on "Next" located at the bottom right.
  7. Click on the "Add" button located at the top right.
  8. Go to the location on your computer where the songs and/or folders are stored that you want to burn to a CD.
  9. Select all the songs and/or folders and click on "Add". You can select all songs and/or folders at once by pressing the CTRL + A keys on your keyboard.
    • Tip: At "Free Space on CD" located at the bottom of Ashampoo Burning Studio Free you can view how much MB in file size you have left on your disc (how much music you still can add to your disc).
  10. When you're done adding music, then click on "Close".
  11. Click on "Next" located at the bottom right.
  12. Click on "Write" located at the bottom right.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free will start burning your Mp3 CD.

How to Burn MP3 Music Files & Folders to CD using CDBurnerXP

CDBurnerXP is a good and user friendly free CD/DVD burning program.

Tip: If you want to have a organized MP3 CD then you should create folders on your computer and copy the MP3 files into these folders before you start the burning process.

You can download CDBurnerXP .

  1. Insert a blank CD into the CD/DVD burner drive of your PC.
  2. Open CDBurnerXP.
  3. Select "Data disc" and click on "OK".
  4. Go in the top left window of CDBurnerXP to the location on your computer where the songs and/or folders are stored that you want to burn to a CD.
  5. Drag the songs and/or folders from the top right window to the bottom right window.
    • Tip: At "Remaining Size" located at the bottom of CDBurnerXP you can view how much MB in file size you have left on your disc (how much music you still can add to your disc).
  6. Click on "Burn".

CDBurnerXP will start burning your Mp3 CD.

How to Burn MP3 Music Files & Folders to CD using BurnAware

BurnAware is a versatile and user friendly free CD/DVD burning program.

You can download BurnAware .

Tip: If you want to have a organized MP3 CD then you should create folders on your computer and copy the MP3 files into these folders before you start the burning process.

  1. Insert a blank CD into the CD/DVD burner drive of your PC.
  2. Open BurnAware.
  3. Click on "MP3 Disc".
  4. Click on "Add Files".
  5. Go to the location on your computer where the songs and/or folders are stored that you want to burn to a CD.
  6. Select all the songs and/or folders and click on "Add". You can select all songs and/or folders at once by pressing the CTRL + A keys on your keyboard.
    • Tip: At "... MB free" located underneath "Estimated size on disc" at the bottom of BurnAware you can view how much MB in file size you have left on your disc (how much music you still can add to your disc).
  7. Click on "Burn" located at the top left.

BurnAware will start burning your Mp3 CD.

How to Burn MP3 Music Files & Folders to CD using ImgBurn

ImgBurn is a versatile and popular free CD/DVD burning program.

You can download ImgBurn .

Tip: If you want to have a organized MP3 CD then you should create folders on your computer and copy the MP3 files into these folders before you start the burning process.

  1. Insert a blank CD into the CD/DVD burner drive of your PC.
  2. Open ImgBurn.
  3. Click on "Write files/folders to disc".
  4. Click on "File" located at the top left and choose between:
    • Browse for a source file if you want to add Mp3 files
    • Browse for a source folder if you want to add Mp3 folders
  5. Go to the location on your computer where the songs and/or folders are stored that you want to burn to a CD.
  6. Select all the songs and/or folders and click on "Open" (files) or click on "Select Folder" (folders). You can select all songs and/or folders at once by pressing the CTRL + A keys on your keyboard.
  7. Click on the "folder ⇨ disc" button.
    • start burning process in ImgBurn

ImgBurn will start burning your Mp3 CD.

How to Burn MP3 Music Files & Folders to CD using InfraRecorder

InfraRecorder is a good and user friendly free CD/DVD burning program.

You can download InfraRecorder .

Tip: If you want to have a organized MP3 CD then you should create folders on your computer and copy the MP3 files into these folders before you start the burning process.

  1. Insert a blank CD into the CD/DVD burner drive of your PC.
  2. Open InfraRecorder.
  3. Click on "Data Disc".
  4. Go in the top left window of InfraRecorder to the location on your computer where the songs and/or folders are stored that you want to burn to a CD.
  5. Drag the songs and/or folders from the top right window to the bottom right window.
    • Tip: At the bottom of InfraRecorder you can view how much MB in file size you have left on your disc (how much music you still can add to your disc).
  6. Click on "Actions" located in the top menu, go to "Burn Compilation" and choose "to a Compact Disc...".

InfraRecorder will start burning your Mp3 CD.

Burn MP3 Music Files to CD using iTunes

iTunes is a media player, media library, online radio broadcaster, and mobile device management application developed by Apple.

And:

You can also use it to burn music to CD.

You can download iTunes .

  1. Insert a blank CD into the CD/DVD burner drive of your PC.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Click on "File" located at the top left, go to "New" and choose "Playlist".
  4. Enter a name for your new playlist.
  5. Right-click on your new playlist and choose "Edit Playlist".
  6. Drag the songs from your iTunes "Music Library" to your playlist or open Windows Explorer or File Explorer (Windows 10) and drag the songs from your PC to your iTunes playlist.
  7. When you're done adding music to your playlist, then click on the "Done" button.
  8. Right-click on your playlist located in the left sidebar and choose "Burn Playlist to Disc".
    • A "Burn Settings" window will appear.
  9. Select a burning speed at "Preferred speed". I would leave it at "Maximum Possible".
  10. Select "MP3 CD" at "Disc Format".
  11. Click on the "Burn" button.

iTunes will start burning your Mp3 CD.

How to Burn MP3 Music Files & Folders to CD using Ashampoo Burning Studio 18

Ashampoo Burning Studio is my absolute favorite CD/DVD/Blu-ray burning program for a few years now.

It's user friendly, fast, accurate and extremely reliable (no more wasting discs!) and it has a lot of extra features.

It's everything you would expect from burning software + much more.

You can find Ashampoo Burning Studio .

Tip: If you want to have a organized MP3 CD then you should create folders on your computer and copy the MP3 files into these folders before you start the burning process.

  1. Insert a blank CD into the CD/DVD burner drive of your PC.
  2. Open Ashampoo Burning Studio 18.
  3. Go in the left menu to "Audio + Music" and choose "Create MP3 or WMA Disc".
  4. Make sure that "MP3" is selected at "Output Format".
  5. Select a bitrate at "Bitrate". I wouldn't go below 192 kBit/s.
  6. Click on the "Next" button located at the bottom right.
  7. Click on the + button located at the top right.
    • A "Add Files and Folders" window will appear.
  8. Go to the location on your computer where the songs and/or folders are stored that you want to burn to a CD.
  9. Select all the songs and/or folders and click on "Add". You can select all songs and/or folders at once by pressing the CTRL + A keys on your keyboard.
    • Tip: At "Free Space on CD" located at the bottom of Ashampoo Burning Studio you can view how much MB in file size you have left on your disc (how much music you still can add to your disc).
  10. When you're done adding music, then click on "Close" to close the "Add Files and Folders" window.
  11. Click on the "Next" button located at the bottom right.
    • Ashampoo Burning Studio may convert your Mp3 music files. This may have to do with the bitrate you have chosen.
  12. Now you will have the following optional options:
    • Verify to verify written files and folders after recording (the content of the disc will be compared with the original files)
    • Format to format the disc (if not checked, the disc will only be formatted if necessary)
    • Shut down to shut down your computer when the burning is completed
    • Sound after burning to play a sound when the burning is completed
    • Speed here you can select a burning speed. The maximum speed you can select depends on your CD/DVD-writer and your CD or DVD
    • Number of Copies
  13. Click on the "Write CD" button located at the bottom right.

Ashampoo Burning Studio will start burning your Mp3 CD.

How to Burn MP3 Music Files & Folders to CD using Nero Burning Rom

Nero Burning Rom is a well known CD/DVD burning program which allows you to burn all kinds of discs easily and quickly.

If you're interested in the new version of Nero Burning Rom, then you can download and try this software .

Tip: If you want to have a organized MP3 CD then you should create folders on your computer and copy the MP3 files into these folders before you start the burning process.

  1. Insert a blank CD into the CD/DVD burner drive of your PC.
  2. Open Nero Burning Rom.
    • A new compilation window will appear. If not, then click on "File" located at the top left and choose "New" from the drop-down menu.
  3. Select "CD".
  4. Click on "CD-ROM (ISO)".
  5. Click on "New" located at the bottom of the new compilation window.
  6. Go in the right window of Nero Burning Rom to the location on your computer where the songs and/or folders are stored that you want to burn to a CD.
  7. Drag the songs and/or folders from the right window to the left window.
    • Tip: At the bottom of Nero Burning Rom you can view how much MB in file size you have left on your disc (how much music you still can add to your disc).
  8. Click on "Burn" located at the top or click on the "Burn Now" button located at the bottom right.
  9. A "Burn Compilation" window will appear. Here you will have the following options:
    • Verify written data this will verify if the MP3 folders and files are burned to your disc correctly. This will take more time, but this way you are sure that you will have the correct copy before you delete the music from your hard drive.
    • Write speed here you can select a burning speed. The maximum speed you can select depends on your CD/DVD-writer and your CD or DVD
    • Number of Copies
  10. Click on the "Burn" button located at the bottom of the "Burn Compilation" window.

Nero Burning Rom will start burning your Mp3 CD.

How to Burn MP3 Music Files & Folders to CD using PowerISO

PowerISO is a well known CD/DVD burning program which allows you to burn all kinds of discs.

You can find PowerISO .

Tip: If you want to have a organized MP3 CD then you should create folders on your computer and copy the MP3 files into these folders before you start the burning process.

  1. Insert a blank CD into the CD/DVD burner drive of your PC.
  2. Open PowerISO.
  3. Click on "File" located at the top left, go to "New" and choose "Data CD/DVD Image".
  4. Click on "Add".
  5. Go to the location on your computer where the songs and/or folders are stored that you want to burn to a CD.
  6. Select all the songs and/or folders and click on "Add". You can select all songs and/or folders at once by pressing the CTRL + A keys on your keyboard.
    • Tip: At "Total ..MB --- .. %" located at the bottom of PowerISO you can view how much MB in file size you have left on your disc (how much music you still can add to your disc).
  7. Click on "Burn".
    • A "Burn" window will appear.
  8. Choose the burning drive which holds a blank CD-R disc.
  9. Choose the burning speed.
  10. Click on "Burn".

PowerISO will start burning your Mp3 CD.

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