Burning an Audio Disc

by Barry Dysert
(last updated April 13, 2015)

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If you have a CD or DVD drive on your computer you can create an audio disc that will play in most CD players. Discs come in many flavors, but you should have either an "-R" (recordable) or "-RW" (rewritable) disc. Creating an audio disc is called "burning."

To create an audio disc, insert a blank CD into the drive. Depending upon the type of disc and your AutoPlay settings, you should see the AutoPlay dialog box. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The AutoPlay dialog box.

Since we are creating an audio disc, click the "Burn an Audio CD" link. Depending upon your system setup, some type of media player will come up. If your system is like mine, you'll see Windows Media Player start up. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. Windows Media Player.

Within your media player you must make a "burn list", which is the list of the songs you want to record to the disc. In my example, I am creating a burn list of the three tracks from the Unknown Artist, so I drag the three titles into the Burn List area at the right side of the screen, making the resulting window look like this: (See Figure 3.)

Figure 3. Windows Media Player with a burn list.

Now click the "Start Burn" link at the top of the Burn List area, and the system burns the audio tracks to the CD. When the burn is completed, Windows Media Player automatically ejects the disc and it is ready to be played in a regular CD player—or even listened to on your computer.

 This tip (10112) applies to Windows 7.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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