How to burn MP3 to an Audio CD for any CD player (6 easy ways)

This tutorial will show you step by step how to convert and burn MP3 files to an Audio CD that will play on any CD player or car stereo.

This tutorial will also show you how to do this without downloading, installing, and using any special third-party software.

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Burning Mp3 music to a playable Audio CD using free and paid ($) software:

Windows:

Windows and macOS:

Linux (e.g., Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Manjaro, etc.):


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How to burn an MP3 CD

MP3 and Audio CD

The MP3 audio format is a common audio format.

Because of their relatively small file size, you can burn many MP3 files to a single CD.

But not all CD players and car stereos can play MP3 files.

If your device doesn't support this audio format, then you will need to convert your MP3 music to audio CD format (CDA).

How to convert and burn MP3 files to an Audio CD using Ashampoo Burning Studio

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

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You can also try Ashampoo Burning Studio for free for 30 days.

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Tip: Use CD-R and not CD-RW, because not all CD players can play rewritable CDs properly – even when written in the correct audio format.

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

2. Open Ashampoo Burning Studio.

3. In the left menu, you go to Audio + Music and then choose Create Audio CD.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Create Audio CD mode

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

Ashampoo Burning Studio Add Files and Folders button

An “Add Tracks” window will appear.

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

6. Select the songs.

7. Click on the Add button.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Add Tracks window

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 time in minutes you have left on your CD at the Duration on Audio-CD bar located the bottom of Ashampoo Burning Studio.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Duration on Audio-CD

8. Click on the Close button to close the “Add Tracks” window.

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

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

Ashampoo Burning Studio write options

11. 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.

12. 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 burn speed and number of copies options

13. When you're ready, you click on the Write CD > button located in the bottom right corner.

Ashampoo Burning Studio will now convert and burn your MP3 files to an Audio CD that will play on any CD player or car stereo.

How to convert and burn MP3 files to an Audio 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.

Visit product page

Tip: Use CD-R and not CD-RW, because not all CD players can play rewritable CDs properly – even when written in the correct audio format.

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

2. Open Ashampoo Burning Studio Free.

3. In the left menu, you go to Music and then choose Create Audio CD.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free Create Audio CD mode

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

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free Add files button

An “Add Tracks” window will appear.

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

6. Select the songs.

7. Click on the Add button.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free Add Tracks window

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 time in minutes you have left on your CD at the Duration on Audio-CD bar located the bottom of Ashampoo Burning Studio Free.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free Duration on Audio-CD

8. Click on the Close button to close the “Add Tracks” window.

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

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

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free write options

11. 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.

12. 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

13. When you're ready, you click on the Write CD > button located in the bottom right corner.

Ashampoo Burning Studio will now convert and burn your MP3 files to an Audio CD that will play on any CD player or car stereo.

How to convert and burn MP3 files to an Audio 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.

Tip: Use CD-R and not CD-RW, because not all CD players can play rewritable CDs properly – even when written in the correct audio format.

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

2. Open ImgBurn.

3. Click on Write image file to disc.

ImgBurn Write image file to disc mode

4. Click on Tools located in the top menu and choose Create CUE File.

ImgBurn Create CUE File option

A “Create CUE File” window will appear.

5. Click on the folder icon located in the top right corner.

ImgBurn Browse for a file button

A “Open” window will appear.

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

7. Select the songs.

8. Click on the Open button.

ImgBurn open files window

ImgBurn will analyze the files once you click on Open.

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 percentage you have left on your CD at the bar located just below your songs.

ImgBurn percentage bar

9. When you're ready, you click on the OK button located in the bottom right corner.

A “Save as” window will appear.

10. At File name, you enter a name for your .cue file.

11. Select a location on your PC where you want to save the file.

12. Click on the Save button.

ImgBurn Save as window

13. If a “CUE File Successfully Created!” window appears, you click on the OK button.

You should see your .cue file in the Source section.

CUE file in Source section ImgBurn

14. If you don't see the .cue file in the Source section, then click on the folder icon.

ImgBurn Browse for a file button

A “Open” window will appear.

15. Go to the location on your computer where the .cue file is stored that you created earlier.

16. Select the .cue file (e.g., My Album.cue).

17. Click on the Open button.

Open image file in ImgBurn

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

19. When you're ready, you click on the “file → disc” (write) button at the bottom of ImgBurn.

Destination setting and Write button in ImgBurn

ImgBurn will now burn your Audio CD. This CD will play on any CD player or car stereo.

How to convert and burn MP3 files to an Audio CD using Windows Media Player

Tip: Use CD-R and not CD-RW, because not all CD players can play rewritable CDs properly – even when written in the correct audio format.

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

2. Open Windows Media Player.

3. Click on the Burn tab located in the top right corner.

Windows Media Player Burn tab

4. Click on the Burn options icon and make sure that Audio CD is selected.

Windows Media Player burn options Audio CD

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 Windows Media Player Burn list

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

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

Time or file size left on disc in Windows Media Player

9. You can also reorder the songs in the “Burn” list 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 an MP3 CD using Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player will now convert your MP3 files to Audio CD format (CDA) and then burn them to your CD that can be played on any CD player or car stereo.

How to convert and burn MP3 files to an Audio CD using iTunes

iTunes website

Tip: Use CD-R and not CD-RW, because not all CD players can play rewritable CDs properly – even when written in the correct audio format.

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

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 convert your MP3 files to Audio CD format (CDA) and then burn them to your CD that can be played on any CD player or car stereo.

How to convert and burn MP3 files to an Audio CD using K3b in Linux (e.g., Linux Mint, Ubuntu, and Manjaro)

K3b is a well-known popular CD/DVD burning application for Linux (e.g., Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Manjaro, etc.).

You can easily install K3b via the software manager/center or via the Terminal using the following command line:

sudo apt-get install k3b

Note: Many Linux distributions do not include MP3 support for legal reasons. But you can enable MP3 support, by installing the MAD MP3 decoding library as well as the K3b MAD MP3 decoder plugin (the plugin may already be installed but not functional due to the missing libmad). Some distributions allow installation of MP3 support via an online update tool.

I did the following on Linux Mint to make it work: open Software Manager, enter k3b into the search bar, and install libk3b7-extracodecs.

Tip: Use CD-R and not CD-RW, because not all CD players can play rewritable CDs properly – even when written in the correct audio format.

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

2. Open K3b.

3. Click on New Audio CD Project.

k3b New Audio CD Project

Or click on File located in the top left corner, go to New Project and then choose New Audio CD Project.

k3b New Audio CD Project

4. In the top left section of K3b, you go to the location on your computer where the songs are stored you want to burn to a CD.

5. Drag the MP3 files from the top right section to the bottom right section.

k3b drag songs to compilation

Tip: At Available: _ min of _ min located at the bottom of K3b you can view how many minutes you have left on your disc (how much music you still can add to your disc).

k3b minutes left on CD

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

k3b Burn button

You can also click on Project located in the top menu, and then click on Burn.

k3b burn project menu entry

A “Audio Project” window will appear.

7. At Burn Medium, you make sure that your CD is selected.

8. 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.

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

k3b Audio Project window

K3b will now burn your music to an Audio CD that will play on any CD player or car stereo.


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