How to Convert & Burn MP3 to a Audio CD that will Play on Any CD Player

Convert & Burn MP3 to Audio CD

This tutorial will show you step by step how to convert MP3 files to Audio CD format and burn them to a CD that will play on any CD player or car stereo – in a few different ways using free and paid software.

And also how to do this without using any special software, but only using Windows Media Player.

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Burning Mp3 music to playable Audio CD using:

Paid software:

Free software:

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MP3 & 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).

And:

On this page I will show you step by step how to do this in a few easy, quick and different ways.

How to Convert & Burn MP3 Files to a Audio CD using Ashampoo Burning Studio 18

Ashampoo Burning Studio is my absolute favorite 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.

And:

Another nice feature of is, that it can easily and quickly convert MP3 files to Audio CD format and then burn the files to a CD that will play on any CD player or car stereo.

You can find Ashampoo Burning Studio .

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. Go in the left menu to "Audio + Music" and choose "Create Audio CD".
  4. Click on the + button located at the top right.
    • A "Add Files and Folders" window will appear.
  5. Go to the location on your computer where the songs are stored that you want to burn to a CD.
  6. Select the songs and click on "Add".
    • Note: The total time of the songs can not exceed the capacity of your audio CD (usually 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.
  7. Click on the "Close" button to close the "Add Files and Folders" window.
  8. Click on the "Next" button located at the bottom right.
  9. Now you will have the following optional options:
    • Simulate this simulate the recording before burning (this will double the time, use for testing)
    • Cache data this will copy all data to hard disk image first (slower, but can prevent write errors)
    • 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
  10. Click on the "Write CD" button located at the bottom right.

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

How to Convert & Burn MP3 Files to a Audio CD using Ashampoo Burning Studio Free

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free is very easy to use free CD/DVD burning software.

I'm using the paid version of for a few years now and it's my absolute favorite CD/DVD burning software.

You can download Ashampoo Burning Studio Free .

And:

you can find the paid version of Ashampoo Burning Studio .

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. Go in the left menu to "Music" and choose "Create Audio CD".
  4. Click on the "Add" button located at the top right.
    • A "Add Files and Folders" window will appear.
  5. Go to the location on your PC where the songs are stored that you want to burn to a CD.
  6. Select the songs and click on "Add".
    • Note: The total time of the songs can not exceed the capacity of your audio CD (usually 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.
  7. Click on the "Close" button to close the "Add Files and Folders" window.
  8. Click on the "Next" button located at the bottom right.
  9. Click on the "Write CD" button located at the bottom right.

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

How to Convert & Burn MP3 Files to a Audio CD using ImgBurn

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

You can download ImgBurn .

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".
  4. Click on "Tools" located in the top menu and choose "Create CUE File...".
  5. Click on the "Browse for a file..." imgburn browse for a file button button located at the top right.
  6. Go to the location on your computer where the songs are stored that you want to burn to a CD.
  7. Select the songs and click on "Open".
    • ImgBurn will analyze the files once you click on "Open".
    • Note: The total time of the songs can not exceed the capacity of your audio CD (usually 80 minutes).
    • Tip: You can view the percentage you have left on your CD at the bar located just below your songs.
  8. If you want to edit the title of a song, then select the song, go to "CD-TEXT" located at the bottom and edit the title.
  9. When you're done adding and editing songs, you click on the "OK" button located at the bottom right.
  10. A "Save as" window will appear and here you will need to enter a name for your ".cue" file at "File name", select a location on your PC where you want to save the file and then click on "Save".
  11. If a small "CUE File Successfully Created!" window appears, then click on "OK".
  12. You should see your .cue file at "Source".
    • .cue file in imgburn
    • If not, then click on the "Browse for a file..." imgburn browse for a file button button, select your .cue file and click on "Open".
  13. Click on the "file ⇨ disc" button.
    • burn audio cd using imgburn

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

How to Convert & Burn MP3 Files to a 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 "Burn" located at the top right.
  4. Click on the "Burn options" icon and make sure that "Audio CD" is selected.
    • burn mp3 music to audio cd using windows media player
  5. Open Windows Explorer and go to the location on your computer where the songs are stored that you want to burn to a CD.
  6. Minimize both the Windows Explorer and Windows Media Player windows, so that you will see both of them located next to each other.
  7. Drag the MP3 files you wish to convert and burn to your audio CD into the burn list in Windows Media Player.
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    • Note: The total time of the songs can not exceed the capacity of your audio CD (usually 80 minutes).
    • Tip: You can view the time in minutes you have left on your CD above the "Burn list".
  8. If you want you can arrange the songs in the order you want them to appear on your disc.
  9. Click on "Start Burn" located above the "Burn list". The MP3 files will be converted to audio CD format (CDA) and burned to disc.

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

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