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iTunes 10 for Mac: Create your own audio CDs

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Create your own audio CDs

To make your own CD, you need:

  • A disc drive that can burn CDs.

  • A blank CD. If you plan to play the CD on a consumer CD player (not only on a computer), you need to use a blank CD-R disc, not a CD-RW disc.

  • An iTunes playlist containing the songs you want on the CD.

    You can fit about 74 minutes of music (about 20 songs) on a 650 MB CD-R disc. Some discs can contain 80 minutes (700 MB) of music. (You can see the size of the selected playlist at the bottom of the iTunes window.) For instructions on creating a playlist, see Playlist overview.

When you burn a CD, iTunes automatically adjusts the recording speed to the blank CD’s rating. However, if your blank CD is rated for a slower speed than the maximum speed of your drive, or if you experience problems creating CDs, you may want to change the CD recording speed to match the CD’s rating.

To create an audio CD:

  1. Select or create a playlist containing the songs you want to burn to the CD; make sure the songs you want to include have a checkmark beside them.

  2. Insert a blank disc.

  3. Choose File > “Burn Playlist to Disc.”

    If “Burn Playlist to Disc” doesn’t appear in the menu, it means that the playlist you selected can’t be burned to a CD because it contains items with usage restrictions.

  4. Select Audio CD as the Disc Format.

  5. Choose your options:

    • To change the CD recording speed, choose an option from the Preferred Speed pop-up menu.

    • To change the length of the silence between songs, choose an option from the Gap Between Songs pop-up menu.

    • To have all the songs on the CD play at the same volume, select Use Sound Check.

    • To include information that CD players in some vehicles can display, select Include CD Text.

  6. Click Burn.

If the playlist contains more songs than will fit on the CD, iTunes burns only the number of songs that fit on one disc, and then asks you to insert another disc to continue burning the remaining songs.

Important:   If a playlist contains more songs than fit on one CD, only the last CD burned includes track information (song title, artist, and album). Songs on the other CDs are identified only by track number (for example, “Track 01,” “Track 02”).

If the playlist includes Audible spoken programs with chapter markers, the chapters are burned as separate tracks.

It might take several minutes to burn an audio CD. You can cancel the burn by clicking “x” Delete icon next to the progress bar, but if you’re using a CD-R disc, you won’t be able to use it again.

If the playlist contains iTunes Store purchases that are not iTunes Plus songs, you can burn the playlist to a CD up to seven times.

Last Modified: Mar 25, 2014
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