How to Burn a CD in iTunes

by Ruri Ranbe ; Updated February 09, 2017

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.


  • 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."

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Ruri Ranbe has been working as a writer since 2008. She received an A.A. in English literature from Valencia College and is completing a B.S. in computer science at the University of Central Florida. Ranbe also has more than six years of professional information-technology experience, specializing in computer architecture, operating systems, networking, server administration, virtualization and Web design.

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