How to Copy DVD Music Files to CDs

by Marshal M. Rosenthal

The DVD was developed in 1995 by a consortium of manufacturers that included Sony, Panasonic and Toshiba. While physically similar, the laser that reads a CD cannot read a DVD, although the reverse is not the case. Copying DVD music files to a CD so they can be read by both players requires copying the files to a computer’s hard drive first and then burning them to a blank CD. The process can be quickly accomplished because most computer operating systems have built-in software for burning files to CDs. In most cases, no additional software is required to copy music files from a DVD to a CD.

Copying Music Files From DVD to CD on a Mac

1

Click "File" and then click "New Burn Folder" to create a "Burn Folder" on the Mac desktop. Double-click the "Burn Folder" to open its window on the desktop. Insert the DVD containing the music files into the optical drive.

2

Double-click on the DVD icon when it appears on the desktop. Drag the music files from the window to the "Burn Folder" window. Wait as the files are copied from the DVD.

3

Drag the DVD icon to the trash to eject it from the Mac. Remove the DVD from the disc tray and replace it with a blank CD.

4

Drag the "Burn Folder" to the trash. Wait as the disc tray closes and the contents of the "Burn Folder" are burned to the blank CD.

5

Eject the CD once the burn process is complete. The CD now contains the music files you copied from the DVD.

Copying Music Files From DVD to CD on a Windows PC

1

Insert the DVD containing music files into the computer's disc burner and close the tray. Double-click on the DVD icon when it appears on your desktop. Drag the music files from the window that appears onto the desktop. Wait as the files are copied to the desktop. When the process is finished, eject the disc, insert a blank CD into the drive and close the tray.

2

Wait until the "CD Burning" text window opens. Select "Wizard" from the menu and click the "OK" button.

3

Click the "Data CD" button in the next window. Click "Browse" and navigate to the desktop. Highlight the music files copied from the DVD by using your mouse while holding down the "Shift" key on the keyboard.

4

Click on the "Burn CD" button to close the window and burn the music files to the blank CD.

5

Eject the CD once the burn process is complete.

Tip

  • check Use brand name CDs whenever possible because they will work more efficiently and last longer than cheaper CDs.

Warning

  • close Do not run other programs while the computer is burning the music files to the CD.

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About the Author

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."

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