How to Burn a Music CD in 5 Easy Steps

Learn how to burn a music CD in 5 easy steps using Windows Media Player.

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Music CDs are a great way to store your favorite music, and they can be played on any CD player. If you’re looking to burn your own music CD, here are five easy steps to follow.

What You Need

Before you begin, you’ll need a few things:
– A computer with an optical drive that can burn CDs
– A blank CD
– Music files to put on the CD

If you have all of those things, you’re ready to get started!

Step One: Choose the Right Music Format

When you decide to burn your own music CDs, the first step is choosing the right music format. The two most common formats are MP3 and WAV files. MP3 files are smaller in size, which means they can fit more songs on one CD. WAV files are larger and have better sound quality, but can only fit a few songs on one CD. If you’re unsure which format to choose, ask a friend or family member who is familiar with burning music CDs.

Step Two: Download and Install Music Software

Now that you’ve chosen the right music format, you need to download and install music burning software. There are many software programs to choose from, but we recommend using Nero BurningROM. This software is easy to use and can be downloaded for free from the Nero website.

Once you’ve downloaded Nero BurningROM, double-click on the file to install it. Follow the prompts on your screen to complete the installation process.

Step Three: Rip Your Music Files

Ripping is the process of transferring your music from a CD or an online music service onto your computer. To rip your files using Nero BurningROM, insert your music CD into your computer’s CD drive and launch the Nero software program. Click on “File,” then “Rip.” A new window will appear with a list of all the tracks on your CD. Select the tracks you want to rip by clicking on the box next to each song title. When you’re finished making your selections, click on “OK.” Nero will now start ripping your files onto your computer’s hard drive.

Step Four: Create a New Compilation

Once your files have been ripped, it’s time to create a new compilation in Nero BurningROM so that you can burn them onto a blank CD. To do this, click on “File” and then “New Compilation.” A new window will appear with a list of options for your compilation. Make sure the “Audio CD” option is selected, then click on “OK.”

Step Five: Add Your Music Files

Now it’s time to add your ripped music files to your new compilation in Nero BurningROM. To do this, click on the “Add” button and browse for the location of your files on your computer’s hard drive. Once you’ve found them, select all of the tracks you want to add and click “Open.” Your selected tracks will now appear in the track list window in Nero BurningROM

Step Two: Download and Install the Appropriate Software

The first step is to make sure that you have the appropriate software installed on your computer. For PCs running Windows, you will need Windows Media Player. For Macs, you need iTunes. If you do not have either of these programs installed, you can download them for free from the respective websites ( and

Once you have the software installed, open it up and insert a blank CD into your computer’s CD drive.

Step Three: Connect Your Computer to the CD Burner

Now that your computer is set up and ready to go, it’s time to connect it to the CD burner. Most new computers have a built-in CD burner, but if yours doesn’t, you can purchase an external CD burner that connects to your computer via USB.

Once you have your CD burner connected to your computer, open up your favorite music program. If you’re using iTunes, simply click on the “Burn Disc” button in the lower right-hand corner of the window. If you’re using Windows Media Player, click on the “Burn” tab at the top of the window.

Now that you’re in the burning software, it’s time to add some music to your disc!

Step Four: Open the Burning Software and Select the Files to Burn

Now that the software is open, you need to tell it which files you want to put on the CD. With Windows Media Player, this is as easy as dragging and dropping the files into the interface. WMP will automatically convert any songs that aren’t compatible with the CD format, so you don’t have to worry about that. If you’re using iTunes, select the “burn disk” option from the File menu, and then select the files you want to burn.

Step Five: Start the CD Burning Process

The final step is to start the CD burning process. This can be done by clicking on the “Start” button or by selecting the “File” menu and then choosing the “Burn” option. A new window will then pop up asking you to select the speed at which you want to burn the CD. It is generally recommended that you choose the slowest speed possible to prevent any errors from occurring. Finally, just click on the “Burn” button and sit back and wait for the process to finish.


Now that you know how to burn a music CD in 5 easy steps, you should be able to make your own CDs at home without any problems. If you follow the instructions carefully, you should be able to create high-quality CDs that will sound great on any player.

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