making an audio CD.
We're going to create an audio CD that will play in virtually any standalone CD player.
Place a blank CD-R into the CD tray of your computer and close the tray.
Close or ignore any auto play windows that open.
Start Windows Media Player, by clicking the START button and then typing Media Player.
Once Media Player has started up, click the Burn tab, on the right hand side.
Copying music (or any other files for that matter) onto a CD or DVD is often called Burning.
The correct term is writing, but most software will refer to it as burning.
Music on a standard CD will be in the format CD-DA (Compact Disc Digital Audio). However, it's most likely that the music tracks you've got on your PC will be in the MP3 format, or maybe something else.
Windows Media Player can convert MP3 to CD-DA as it burns your CD.
But it's worth checking, before we start, that Media Player is set to do that.
Click the BURN OPTIONS button.
On the Burn Options menu, make sure that Audio CD is selected.
If it's not, left click it to select it.
adding tracks to burn.
Once you've clicked the Burn tab, Media Player will normally show your music.
If it doesn't, click the MUSIC button in the left hand pane.
All the music tracks that you have in your Music folder will be displayed in the centre pane.
In the centre pane, find the first track (song) that you want to add to your new CD.
Put your pointer onto it and then hold down the left hand mouse button.
Now move your pointer to the right hand pane and release the button.
You'll see that the track moves with your pointer. When you release the button it will appear in the right hand pane.
the burn list.
This is, for me, the best part. Choosing the music that'll go onto my CD and then arranging it into the order that I want it to play.
The tracks on the Burn List will be written to the CD-R in the order that they're in.
Which means that they'll play in that order.
The track at the top will play first, the second track will play second and so on.
You can change the order that the songs are in.
Move your mouse pointer onto any track, hold down the left mouse button, then drag the track up or down the list.
When it's at the position you want it to be, release the mouse button.
If you change your mind about a particular song and decide you want to remove it from your CD, you can.
Right click on the track to be removed, then on the menu that opens, left click REMOVE FROM LIST.
see when the CD-r is full.
As you add more tracks, keep an eye on the progress bar on the right hand side.
This shows you how much space is left on the CD.
Generally, it's a good idea not to fill the CD completely. Leave a few minutes spare.
Most blank CD's will hold around 80 minutes worth of music, so fill the CD to somewhere between 75 and 78 minutes. Leaving about 2 to 5 minutes free.
Once you have got all the tracks that you want or will fit, it's time to create the CD.
Click the BURN button.
CD-R or CD-RW
There are two types of blank CD available, CD-R and CD-RW.
CD-R CD's can only be used (burned) once. You can play them in your CD player as often as you wish, but you can't change the tracks that are on there.
CD-RW's, by contrast, can be erased and re-used. So you can keep changing what songs appear on the disc.
However, most standalone CD players will have problems with CD-RW discs.
So if your making these CD's to play in your stereo system, portable CD player or in your car etc, only use the CD-R type discs.