Herong's Tutorial Notes on CD/DVD
Dr. Herong Yang, Version 2.14

Burning MP3 Music to Audio CD

This section describes how to burn or record MP3 music files as audio tacks to audio CD (Compact Disk Digital Audio or CD-DA) with Windows Media Player.

When you are ready to burn or record MP3 music files as audio tracks on a blank recordable CD to make an audio CD, follow this tutorial:

1. Start Windows Media Player.

2. Click the Burn tab. You may get a blank burn list.

3. Use the drop down list above the burn list window to select the MP3 must album you have created: Herong First Album. Windows Media Player will populate the burn list with all music files from this album:
Windows Media Player Burn Music List

4. Look at the burn list. Each music is selected to be burned to the audio CD with a status of "Ready to burn". The summary is reported below the burn list: "10 Item(s), Total Time: 48 Minutes".

5. Double check to make sure you have a blank CD in the CD drive. The write speed should be 4X ensure best burning quantity.

6. Windows Media Player starts a two-step to finish burning the CD. First it converts all MP3 files to audio tracks according to the CD-DA specifications in memory. Then it burns all audio tracks to the CD. The whole process took about less than 10 minutes.

I was surprised by this speed. I thought that it would take 15 minutes to finish, because the burning speed should be only 4 times faster than play time. 48 minutes of music would take 12 minutes to burn. I guess Windows Media Player ignored my write speed setting.

I checked the finished audio CD. I worked perfectly on a regular CD player.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Audio CD (Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) Format

 Audio CD (Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) Players

 Audio CD (Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) Rip Music

 WAV Audio File Format

 MP3, MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, Encoding Format

Burning MP3 Music to Audio CD

 Steps to Burn MP3 Files as Audio Tacks

 Creating Your Own Album

 Adding MP3 Folder to Windows Media Player Library

 Windows Media Player Settings

Burning MP3 Music to Audio CD

 Windows Sound Recorder

 ISO 9660 Standard for Data CD

 Recording Data on CD

 VCD (Video CD) Standard

 DVD (Digital Video Disc) Standard Format

 TOC (Table Of Contents) on CDs

 IsoBuster - A Nice CD GUI Tool

 MPlayer - The Movie Player

 vStrip - Rip and Manipulate DVD VOB Files

 mpgtx - Manipulating MPEG Files

 CD/DVD - File Name Extension and Format Types

 References

 PDF Printing Version

Dr. Herong Yang, updated in 2007
Burning MP3 Music to Audio CD