How to Burn an MP3 CD on a Mac

By J.S. Copper

An MP3-capable CD player allows the user to create a data CD full of MP3s that can be played back, just like a regular audio CD. The benefit to this is that burning the files as a data CD, you can fit a lot more files than you can properly formatted audio files in the audio CD format. Mac OS X includes extremely easy data CD creation.

Step 1

Create a new burn folder on your desktop by select "File" > "New Burn Folder" from the Finder's menu bar. Name the folder what you wish. The folder will be designated with the fallout shelter symbol.

Step 2

Drag all the MP3s into this folder. OS X creates shortcuts to the actual MP3s, so you don't have to worry about messing up the folder structure and MP3 location of your music library.

Step 3

Insert a blank CD into the computer's Super Drive (CD/DVD burner).

Step 4

Open the Burn Folder. Click "Burn" in the upper-right of the window. A window will open, allowing you to specify speed and confirm the action. A window showing the progress will appear. Once the burn is complete, the MP3 CD will automatically eject.