How to Burn an Audio CD from iTunes

I don't see it very often, but I occasionally run into someone who wants to burn music, audiobooks, podcasts or other audio to a CD for listening in a car, on a stereo or other situations where a CD player is the only option.

While it isn't exactly rocket science, burning an audio CD in iTunes isn't necessary the most intuitive process. In this post, I will walk you through how to do this, step-by-step.

First, we need to create a playlist of the audio that we want to burn to a CD. If you already have a playlist, simply right-click on the audio track you want to add, then choose "Add to Playlist" and choose the playlist you want to add the track to from the menu. If you're creating a new playlist from scratch, highlight the tracks you want to use, then right-click on one of the selected items and choose "New Playlist from Selection" from the menu. Give the new playlist a name, and you're done. You can always add or remove tracks to your playlist at any time.

Now that you have a playlist ready to burn to CD, burning a CD of the playlist is quick and easy. Right-click on the new playlist and choose "Burn Playlist to Disc".

At this point, you will be presented with options for burning your CD. Review the options carefully to ensure that it will be burned the way you want it.

When you're ready, click "Burn" (you'll want to make sure that you have a blank CD in your optical drive).

That's it!

Posted on April 15, 2014 and filed under How To, Mac.