How to burn MP3 files and folders to CD (4 easy ways)

This tutorial will show you step by step how to burn MP3 files and folders to CD in Windows 7, 8 and 10 using free CD burning software.

What is an MP3 CD?

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

Can you play an MP3 CD in a CD player?

You can only play an MP3 CD in a CD player that supports the MP3 audio file format.

However, most modern CD players support the MP3 audio file format.

Can you play an MP3 CD in a car stereo?

You can only play an MP3 CD in a car stereo that supports the MP3 audio file format.

However, most modern car stereos support the MP3 audio file format.

What is the difference between an Audio CD and an MP3 CD?

The difference between an Audio CD and MP3 CD is that an Audio CD contains uncompressed digital music and an MP3 CD is a data CD that contains compressed digital music in the MP3 audio file format.

An Audio CD can be played on computers and on any CD player and car stereo, while an MP3 CD can only be played on computers and on CD players and car stereos that support the MP3 audio file format.

How many songs can fit on an MP3 CD?

The amount of songs that can fit on an MP3 CD depends on the file size of the MP3 files and the capacity of the CD (e.g., 650 MB or 700 MB).

How to burn MP3 files and folders to CD using Ashampoo Burning Studio Free

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free is a free program for burning and copying CDs and DVDs and other disc-related tasks.

This program's user-friendly interface, menu, and step-by-step wizard will help you achieve your disc-related tasks, easily and quickly.

You can visit the product page for more information about the program and to download the program.

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Tips:

1. Insert a blank (empty) CD into the CD burner drive of your computer.

2. Open Ashampoo Burning Studio Free.

3. In the left menu, you move your mouse cursor (pointer) on Audio + Music and then click on Create MP3 or WMA Disc.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free Create Mp3 or WMA Disc mode

4. At Output Format, you make sure that MP3 is selected.

5. At Bitrate you select a bitrate (e.g., 192 kBit/s or 256 kBit/s).

6. You also have the option to normalize the volume of all tracks. This will make the volume of all tracks on the CD roughly the same.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free Output Format Options

7. Click on the Next button located in the bottom right corner.

8. Click on the [+] button located in the top right corner.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free Add files button

A “Add Files and Folders” window will appear.

9. Go to the location on your computer where the songs or folders are stored you want to burn to a CD.

10. Select the songs or folders.

11. Click on the Add button at the bottom right of the “Add Files and Folders” window.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free Add Files and Folders window

Tip: At Free Space on CD located at the bottom, 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).

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free Free Space on CD

12. When you're done adding files or folders to your compilation, you click on the Close button at the bottom right of the “Add Files and Folders” window.

13. Click on the Next button located in the bottom right corner.

Ashampoo Burning Studio may convert your MP3 files.

This may have something to do with the bitrate you have chosen.

When the converting is finished, it will bring you to the next screen.

14. Now you will have the following optional “write” options in the bottom left corner:

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free write options

15. In the bottom right corner, at Speed, you can select a burning speed. The maximum speed you can select depends on the capacity of the CD burner of your PC and the capacity of the CD.

16. You can also select the number of copies. This option is for people who want to burn more copies of the CD.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free burn speed and number of copies options

17. When you're ready, you click on the Write CD button at the bottom right.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free will now burn your MP3 CD.



How to burn MP3 files and folders to CD using ImgBurn

ImgBurn website

Warning! This software may offer unnecessary software during its installation. So, pay attention during the installation and decline any offers.

Tips:

1. Insert a blank (empty) CD into the CD burner drive of your computer.

2. Open ImgBurn.

3. Click on Write files/folders to disc.

ImgBurn Write files/folders to disc

4. In the Source section, you click on the file icon if you want to add MP3 files or you click on the folder icon if you want to add folders that contain MP3 files.

ImgBurn add file and add folder button

Or you can also click on File located in the top left corner and then click on Browse for a source file or Browse for a source folder.

Imgburn browse for a source file or folder

A “Open” or “Select folder to add” window will appear.

5. Go to the location on your computer where the songs or folders are stored you want to burn to a CD.

6. Select the songs or folder. Note: Folders need to be added one by one.

7. Click on the Open or Select Folder button at the bottom right of the “Open” or “Select folder to add” window.

ImgBurn open files and select folder window

Tip: If you click on the calculator icon in the Information tab located at the right, ImgBurn will calculate how much percentage of free space you have left on your CD (how much music you can still add).

ImgBurn calculator

8. In the Destination section, you make sure that the CD burner drive of your PC is selected.

9. When you're ready, you click on the “folder → disc” (build) button at the bottom of ImgBurn.

ImgBurn Build button

ImgBurn will now burn your MP3 CD.



How to burn MP3 files and folders to CD using CDBurnerXP

CDBurnerXP website

Tips:

1. Insert a blank (empty) CD into the CD burner drive of your computer.

2. Open CDBurnerXP.

3. Select Data disc.

4. Click on the OK button located in the bottom right corner.

CDBurnerXP Data disc mode

5. In the top left section of CDBurnerXP, you go to the location on your computer where the songs or folders are stored you want to burn to a CD.

6. Drag the MP3 songs or folders from the top right section to the bottom right section.

CDBurnerXP drag songs or folders to compilation

Tip: At the bottom of CDBurnerXP there's a bar that shows you how much MB in file size you have left on your disc (how much music you still can add to your disc).

CDBurnerXP total estimated size on disc

7. When you're ready, you click on Burn.

CDBurnerXP Burn button

CDBurnerXP will now burn your MP3 CD.



How to burn MP3 files and folders to CD using iTunes

iTunes website

Tip: I recommend using a CD-R instead of a CD-RW (rewritable CD), because not all CD players can play rewritable CDs properly.

1. Insert a blank CD into the CD/DVD burner drive of your computer.

2. Open iTunes.

3. Click on File located in the top left corner, go to New and click on Playlist.

Create a new playlist in iTunes

4. Enter a name for your new playlist.

iTunes album name

5. Add songs to your new playlist.

Four ways to add songs to your playlist:

Drag songs from Windows Explorer to iTunes playlist

Note: The total time of the songs cannot exceed the capacity of your audio CD (usually 74 or 80 minutes).

Tip: You can view the total time (in minutes) of your playlist at the title of your playlist.

iTunes playlist time

6. When you're ready, you right-click on your playlist and choose Burn Playlist to Disc.

iTunes burn playlist to disc

Or you click on the (...) button located at the top right of the playlist, and then click on Burn Playlist to Disc.

iTunes burn playlist to disc

A “Burn Settings” window will appear.

7. At Preferred Speed, you can choose a burning speed. The maximum speed you can select depends on the capacity of the CD burner of your PC and the capacity of the CD.

8. At Disc Format, you make sure that Audio CD is selected.

9. You can also select a gap (pause) between songs.

10. Click on the Burn button.

iTunes Burn Settings

iTunes will now burn your MP3 CD.


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