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.

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

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

Related: How to Burn MP3 Music Files & Folders to CD (not Audio CD)

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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

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

And:

Another nice feature of Ashampoo Burning Studio 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.

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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. 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 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.

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:

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

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

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

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And:

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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 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 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.

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 here.

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..." (file + magnifying glass) 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 74 or 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..." (folder + magnifying glass) button, select your .cue file and click on "Open".

13. Click on the "file ⇨ disc" button.

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 window and the Windows Media Player window and make sure that the two windows stand next to each other.

7. Drag the MP3 files you wish to convert and burn to your audio CD from Windows Explorer 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 74 or 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".

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 & Burn MP3 Files to a Audio CD using iTunes

iTunes is installed on any Mac OS X computer by default and is updated through the App Store.

You can download the Microsoft Windows version here.

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 at the top left, go to "New" and choose "Playlist".

4. Enter a name for your new playlist.

5. Add songs to your new playlist.

Four ways to add songs to your playlist:

Note: The total time of the songs can not 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.

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

7. Now a "Burn Settings" window will appear and here you can choose a burning speed.

8. Make sure that "Audio CD" is selected at "Disc Format".

9. You can also change the gab (pause) between songs.

10. Click on the "Burn" button.

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 & Burn MP3 Files to a Audio CD using K3b in Linux (Linux Mint & Ubuntu)

K3b is a well known CD/DVD burning application for Linux (e.g. Linux Mint & Ubuntu).

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

sudo apt-get install k3b

Note: To burn MP3 files to a Audio CD in K3b you will need to install the extra codecs for K3b (Libk3b6-extracodecs) which you can install via Software Manager (recommended) or via the Terminal using the following command line:

sudo apt-get install libk3b6-extracodecs

If you don't install these extra codecs and try to add (drag and drop) MP3 files to your compilation you will get the following error message: "You may manually convert these audio files to wave using another application supporting the audio format and then add the wav files to the k3b project".

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".

Or click on "New Project" and choose "New Audio CD Project".

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

4. Go in the top left panel (section) of K3b to the location on your computer where the songs are stored that you want to burn to a CD.

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

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 to your compilation, you click on "Burn".

burn mp3 files to a audio cd in linux mint and ubuntu using k3b

Now a small window will appear with a few settings.

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

8. You can select a burning/writing speed at "Speed".

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

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

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