How to Burn a CD in iTunes

By Ruri Ranbe

Updated February 09, 2017

If you are burning an audio CD or MP3 CD, use a CD-R disc.
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You can use iTunes to create audio CDs, MP3 CDs and data CDs. The amount of songs you can fit on a CD varies based on what type of CD you're creating and the storage capacity of your disc. On a 650MB disc, audio CDs can fit about 74 minutes of music; on a 700MB disc, audio CDs can fit about 80 minutes of music. The amount of media you can burn to an MP3 CD or a data CD depends on the size of the files in your playlist. You can use File Explorer to see your CD's storage size.

Press "Windows-E" to open File Explorer and then insert your disc into your CD burner. If a dialog box appears, close it.

Right-click your disc and then choose "Properties" from the context menu. Review the information on the General tab to see the storage capacity of the CD.

Open iTunes. Press "Ctrl-S" to display the sidebar and then press "Ctrl-N" to create a new playlist.

Enter a name for your playlist or use the default name. Select a category from under Library and then drag-and-drop the files you want to burn onto your playlist.

Click "File," then "Burn Playlist to Disc." Set the disc format to "Audio CD," "MP3 CD" or "Data CD or DVD," depending on your preference.

Choose a write speed from the "Preferred Speed" menu -- the higher the speed, the faster the disc will burn -- and then click "Burn" to copy your media to the disc.


If you choose to burn an audio CD, you can select the amount of silence you want between songs from the "Gap Between Songs" menu on the Burn Settings page. For gapless playback, select "None." If preferred, check "Use Sound Check" to play all of the songs on the CD at the same volume, or check "Include CD Text" to display song information on your CD player.

If a message appears informing you that your playlist will not fit on one audio CD, click "Audio CDs" to split the playlist across two or more discs, or click "Cancel" and modify your playlist to fit the size of a single CD.

If your CD player fails to write your data to disc, choose the slowest write speed from the "Preferred Speed" menu and then try again.


ITunes will not create a disc from a playlist if it contains files that are not authorized to play on your computer. To authorize your media, click "Store," then "Authorize This Computer." Type your Apple ID and password into the fields provided and then click "Authorize."