How to burn MP3 music files and folders to CD (12 easy ways)

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

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This tutorial will also show you how to make and burn an MP3 CD in Windows 7, 8 and 10 in two different ways without using third-party 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 an MP3 CD using Ashampoo Burning Studio

Ashampoo Burning Studio is a program for burning and copying CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs.

Ashampoo Burning Studio has a user-friendly interface, menu and a step-by-step wizard that will help you achieve your disc-related tasks, easily and quickly.

If you want more information about Ashampoo Burning Studio, then click here (link with 60% discount).

(You can also download it and try it for free for 30 days)

Tips:

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

2. Open Ashampoo Burning Studio.

3. Move your mouse cursor (pointer) on Audio + Music and then click on Create MP3 or WMA Disc.

create mp3 disc using ashampoo burning studio

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

5. At Bitrate, you select a bitrate (e.g., 192 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.

7. Click on the Next button at the bottom right.

8. Click on the (+) button at the top right.

add files button in ashampoo burning studio

An 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 and click on the Add button at the bottom right of the Add Files and Folders window.

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).

free space on cd bar in ashampoo burning studio

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

12. Click on the Next button at the bottom right.

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.

13. Now you will have the following optional options:

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

Ashampoo Burning Studio will start burning your MP3 CD.

How to burn an MP3 CD using Ashampoo Burning Studio Free

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free is a free program for burning and copying CDs and DVDs.

Ashampoo Burning Studio has a user-friendly interface, menu and a step-by-step wizard that will help you achieve your disc-related tasks, easily and quickly.

If you want to download Ashampoo Burning Studio Free, then click here.

By the way...

There's also a paid version of Ashampoo Burning Studio that has slightly more features and settings than the free version.

If you want more information about the paid version, then click here (link with 60% discount).

(You can also download the paid version and try it for free for 30 days)

Tips:

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

2. Open Ashampoo Burning Studio Free.

3. Move your mouse cursor (pointer) on Music and then click on Create MP3 or WMA Disc.

create mp3 disc using ashampoo burning studio free

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

5. At Bitrate you select a bitrate (e.g., 192 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.

7. Click on the Next button at the bottom right.

8. Click on the Add button at the top right.

An 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 and click on the Add button at the bottom right of the Add Files and Folders window.

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).

free space on cd bar in ashampoo burning studio free

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

12. Click on the Next button at the bottom right.

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.

13. If you click on the Advanced Options button at the bottom right you will have the following optional options:

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

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free will start burning your MP3 CD.

How to burn an MP3 CD using CDBurnerXP

You can download CDBurnerXP here.

Tips:

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

2. Open CDBurnerXP.

3. Select "Data disc" and click on OK.

4. Go in the top section of CDBurnerXP to the location on your computer where the songs or folders are stored you want to burn to a CD.

5. Drag and drop the songs or folders from the top section to the bottom section.

drag and drop files or folders to burn list in cdburnerxp

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).

total estimated size in cdburnerxp

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

burn mp3 cd using cdburnerxp

CDBurnerXP will start burning your MP3 CD.

How to burn an MP3 CD using BurnAware

You can download BurnAware here.

Tips:

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

2. Open BurnAware.

3. Click on MP3 Disc.

An MP3 Disc window will appear.

4. Click on + Add located at the top.

add files button in burnaware

An Add files and folders 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 folders.

7. Click on the Add button at the bottom right of the Add files and folders window.

Tip: At Estimated size on disc located 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).

estimated size on disc in burnaware

8. When you're done adding files or folders to the compilation, you click on the Close button at the bottom right of the Add files and folders window.

9. When you're ready, you click on Burn located at the top left.

burn a mp3 cd using burnaware free

BurnAware will start burning your MP3 CD.

How to burn an MP3 CD using ImgBurn

You can download ImgBurn here.

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.

4. Click on File at the top left and choose between:

add files or folders in imgburn

An 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.

Tip: If you click on the calculator icon in the Information tab 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 calculate image size option

8. When you're ready, you click on the folder ⇨ disc button located at the bottom.

start burning process in ImgBurn

ImgBurn will start burning your MP3 CD.

How to Burn an MP3 CD in Windows 7, 8 and 10

Tips:

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

2. Go to the location on your computer where the MP3 files or folders are stored you want to burn to a CD.

3. Select all the MP3 files or folders.

4. Right-click on the selected files or folders, go to Send to and choose your CD burner drive (e.g., DVD RW Drive (E:) or CD RW Drive (E:) ).

copy mp3 files to cd burner drive in windows

A small Burn a Disc window will appear.

5. At Disc title you enter a name for your disc.

6. Select With a CD/DVD player.

7. Click on Next.

Your files/folders will now be copied to the CD burner drive of your PC and when it's done copying, it will open the CD burner drive in a new window.

If it doesn't open the drive in a new window, then open File Explorer and click on the drive in the left-sidebar.

8. When you're done copying files/folders to your CD burner drive, you click on Drive Tools located at the top.

9. Click on Finish burning.

burn a mp3 cd in windows

Windows will start burning your MP3 CD.

How to burn an MP3 CD using Windows Media Player

Tip: If I were you, I would use a CD-R instead of a CD-RW (rewritable), because not all CD players can play rewritable CDs properly.

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

2. Open Windows Media Player.

3. Click on the Burn tab at the top right (between the Play and Sync tab).

windows media player burn tab

4. Click on the Burn options icon and choose one of the following options:

windows media player burn options

5. Open Windows Explorer.

6. Go to the location on your PC where the songs are stored you want to burn to a CD.

7. Make sure that the Windows Explorer window and Windows Media Player are both visible and located next to each other.

8. Drag the MP3 files from Windows Explorer to the burn list in Windows Media Player.

drag mp3 files from windows explorer to the burn list in windows media player

Note: The total time or file size (MB) cannot exceed the capacity of your CD (usually 74 or 80 minutes or 650 MB or 700 MB).

Tip: You can view the time in minutes or file size in MB you have left on your CD at _:_ free of _ mins (e.g., 20:03 free of 80 mins) or _ MB free of _ MB (e.g., 559 MB free of 702 MB) located just above the Burn list.

9. You can also reorder the songs on your CD by dragging and dropping the songs into the position of your choice.

10. When you're ready, you click on Start burn located above the Burn list and underneath the Play tab.

burn mp3 cd using windows media player

Windows Media Player will start burning your MP3 CD.

How to burn an MP3 CD using Nero Burning Rom

Nero Burning Rom is a well-known program for burning and copying CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs.

It's easy to use and has a few extra features.

If you want more information about the latest version of Nero Burning Rom, then click here.

(You can also download it and try it for free for 15 days)

Tips:

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

2. Open Nero Burning Rom.

A New Compilation window will appear.

If the New Compilation window does not appear, then click on File located at the top left and choose New from the drop-down menu.

3. Select CD at the top left of the New Compilation window.

4. Click on CD-ROM (ISO) to select this option.

select cd and cd-rom in nero burning rom

5. Click on the New button located at the bottom of the New Compilation window.

6. Go in the right section of Nero Burning Rom to the location on your computer where the songs or folders are stored you want to burn to a CD.

7. Drag and drop the songs or folders from the right section to the left section.

drag and drop mp3 songs and or folders to compilation in nero burning rom

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. When you're done adding files or folders to the compilation, you click on Burn located at the top.

burn button in nero burning rom

Or click on Recorder in the top menu and choose Burn Compilation from the drop-down menu.

A Burn Compilation window will appear.

9. If you want you can select and change a few settings.

10. When you're ready you 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 an MP3 CD using iTunes

You can download the Microsoft Windows version here.

Tip: If I were you, I would use a CD-R instead of a CD-RW (rewritable), because not all CD players can play rewritable CDs properly.

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

2. Open iTunes.

3. Click on File at the top left, move your mouse cursor (pointer) on New and choose Playlist.

create new playlist in itunes

4. Enter a name for your new playlist.

5. Add songs to your new playlist.

Four ways to add songs to your playlist:

6. When you're done adding tracks to your playlist, you right-click on your playlist and then choose Burn Playlist to Disc.

burn playlist to disc in itunes

A Burn Settings window will appear.

7. At Preferred Speed you can select a burning speed.

8. At Disc Format you select MP3 CD.

itunes burn settings window

9. When you're ready, you click on the Burn button located at the bottom of the Burn Settings window.

iTunes will start burning your MP3 CD.

How to burn an MP3 CD using K3b in Linux (Linux Mint and Ubuntu)

K3b is a well-known disc burning application for Linux (e.g., Linux Mint and Ubuntu).

You can easily install K3b via Software Manager or via the Terminal using the following command line:

sudo apt-get install k3b

Tips:

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

2. Open K3b.

3. Click on New Project at the top and choose New Data Project.

start new data project in k3b

Or click on File located at the top left, go to New Project and choose New Data Project.

4. Go in the top section of k3b to the location on your computer where the songs or folders are stored you want to burn to a CD.

5. Drag and drop the songs or folders from the top section to the bottom section.

drag and drop files and folders to the burn compilation in k3b

Tip: At Available: _ MiB of _ MiB located at the bottom of K3b 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. When you're done adding songs/folders to your compilation, you click on Burn.

burn a mp3 cd in linux mint and ubuntu using k3b

A Data Project window will appear with a few settings.

7. Make sure that your CD is selected at Burn Medium.

8. At Speed, you can select a burning (writing) speed.

9. When you're ready, you click on the Burn button located at the bottom right of the Data Project window.

K3b will start burning your MP3 CD.

How to burn an MP3 CD using Brasero in Linux (Linux Mint and Ubuntu)

Brasero is a simple disc burning application for Linux (e.g., Linux Mint and Ubuntu).

Brasero is installed by default in Linux Mint and Ubuntu.

Tips:

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

2. Open Brasero.

3. Click on Data project located in the left side menu.

start data project in brasero

4. Click on the + icon at the top left.

A Select Files 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 folders.

7. Click on the Add button at the bottom right of the Select Files window.

Tip: At Blank CD-R Disc: _ MB of free space located at the bottom of Brasero 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. When you're done adding music, you click on the Burn button located at the bottom right.

Now a small window will appear with a few settings.

9. When you're ready, you click on the Burn button.

Brasero will start burning your MP3 CD.

How to burn an MP3 CD using Xfburn in Linux (Linux Mint and Ubuntu)

Xfburn is a simple disc burning application for Linux (e.g., Linux Mint and Ubuntu).

You can easily install Xfburn via Software Manager or via the Terminal using the following command line:

sudo apt-get install xfburn

Tips:

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

2. Open Xfburn.

3. Click on New Data Composition.

4. Click on the + Add button located at the top left.

A File(s) to add to composition 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 folders.

7. Click on the Add button at the bottom right of the File(s) to add to composition window.

Tip: At the bottom of Xfburn 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. When you're done adding music, you click on the Proceed to Burn button located at the bottom right.

A Burn Composition window will appear with a few settings.

9. When you're ready, you click on the Burn Composition button located at the bottom.

Xfburn will start burning your MP3 CD.


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