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Archived - iTunes 4: How to Create Your Own MP3 CDs

You can use iTunes to create a data CD with the music stored in MP3 format.
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Creating your own MP3 CDs

You can use iTunes to create a data CD with the music stored in MP3 format. MP3 is a high-quality, Internet-standard encoding method. You can listen to the MP3 CDs you create in iTunes on special consumer CD players or on your computer.

You can store over 12 hours of music, or about 150 songs, on a 650 MB CD-R disc.
    1. Choose iTunes > Preferences, then click the Burning button at the top of the window.
    2. Choose MP3 CD as the Disc Format, then click OK.
    3. Select the playlist you want to burn to the CD, then click the Burn Disc button.
      • You can only burn a CD from the songs in a playlist. For instructions on creating your list of songs, search the Knowledge Base or Mac Help.
      • If the playlist contains more songs than will fit on the CD, iTunes will only burn as many songs as will fit on the disc. (You can see the size of the selected playlist at the bottom of the iTunes window.) If necessary, you may need to create more than one playlist and burn each one to a CD.
    4. Insert a blank CD-R disc and click Burn Disc again.

If you plan to only play the CD using your computer, you can also use a CD-RW disc. To play it on a digital music player or computer, use a CD-R disc.

If your playlist includes songs in formats other than MP3, they will not burned on the CD. See technical document 93071 "iTunes 4: Music Purchased From iTunes Store Cannot Be Burned to MP3 Disc" for additional information.

The songs sound as good on the CD as they do in iTunes. Songs you download from the Internet may be encoded differently, so their quality may be different.

For information about buying CDs, choosing import options, or creating an audio CD or data DVD, search the Knowledge Base or Mac Help.

This information comes from Mac Help, the help system included with your computer. This information comes from iTunes version 4. You should refer to the Help menu on your computer if you have a different version. Updated or expanded information may also exist elsewhere in the Knowledge Base.

Last Modified: Feb 18, 2012
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