iTunes 10 for Mac: 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. To create an audio, MP3, or data CD using iTunes, your Mac must have an Apple Combo drive or SuperDrive. To create a data DVD, your Mac must have an Apple SuperDrive. 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 (or SuperDrive), 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.

Published Date: Mar 25, 2014

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