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Video:Burn an iTunes CD

with Don Schechter

Would you like to keep a hard copy of your favorite iTunes playlists and albums? See how easy it is to burn a CD in iTunes.See Transcript

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Transcript:Burn an iTunes CD

Hi, I'm Don Schechter for About.com Computing. Today I'm going to show you how to burn CDs using iTunes.

Before You Burn a CD in iTunes

Today, I'm using iTunes 7. Before burning the music to the CD, iTunes converts the songs to a standard audio file format. You can fit about 74 minutes of music on a standard blank CD. First, let's check some settings. Go to 'Edit,' 'Preferences.' Now click the 'advanced tab,' and then 'burning.'

Change iTunes CD Burn Settings

Here we see my CD burner, the preferred speed, which I keep on 'maximum possible." You should make sure that the Audio CD bubble is selected. The audio CD should play in just about all CD players.

If I wanted to make an MP3 disc or data disc to be used by another computer, I would choose one of the options instead. If you want to make sure that all the songs on the CD play at the same volume level, select 'Use Sound Check.' Now click 'ok.'

Choose an iTunes Playlist

If you want to turn one of your pre-existing playlists into a music CD, first make sure you have highlighted the right playlist. If you don't have a playlist ready, go to 'file,' 'new playlist.' You can name the new playlist and then drag songs into it.

Burn the iTunes Playlist

I'll use the playlist I already have and delete this new one by selecting it and hitting backspace. Now click the 'burn disc' icon. Insert a blank CD-R and click the 'burn disk' icon again. The icon will then animate to show that it is burning the disc and you can view the progress of the burn at the top of the iTunes window.

Burning Multiple CDs

If there are more songs in your playlist than can fit on one CD, iTunes will burn as many songs as possible and then ask you to insert another disc to continue. If your playlist contains any songs purchased from iTunes Music Store, you can only burn the playlist seven times.

Cancel or Complete the CD Burn

You can cancel the burning by clicking the X next to the progress bar. However, if you cancel this operation, you won t be able to use the CD-R after canceling. Once the burn is complete, we see my new CD, which I can play or which I can simply eject.

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