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iTunes 10 for Windows: Disc burning overview

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Disc burning overview

You can use iTunes to create your own discs containing audio and video from your iTunes library.

Important:   Movies and TV shows purchased from the iTunes Store can’t be burned to a DVD or VCD that will play in a DVD player or Video CD.

To make your own disc, you need:

  • A computer with an internal disc drive that can burn discs. Some external drives may also work.

  • An iTunes playlist containing the music and video you want on the disc.

  • A blank disc. Some older CD players won’t play CD-RW discs (but they will play CD-R discs). You can use DVDs with your computer, but most DVD players can’t read data DVD discs. (“RW” stands for “read-write” and means the disc can be erased and reused.)

The number of songs a disc can hold depends on the format of the song files and the capacity of the disc. You can fit about 74 minutes of music on a 650 MB audio CD, or about 150 MP3 files on the same size disc. Some CDs can contain 700 MB of music. A DVD can hold 4.7 gigabytes (GB), almost five times as many songs as a CD.

To make audio CDs that work in most stereo systems, use CD-R discs. CD-RW discs usually work only in computers.

To make a CD of MP3 files to play in your computer or an MP3 CD player, use a CD-R disc; some MP3 players can play CD-RW discs as well.

If your computer has a DVD burner, you can burn a playlist on a DVD-R or DVD-RW disc. DVDs you create using iTunes work only in your computer (not DVD players).

For more information about the drives that work with iTunes, visit the iTunes Support website.

Last Modified: Mar 25, 2014
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