Creating your own audio CDs

To make your own CD, you need:

  • A computer with an internal disc drive that can burn CDs (CD-RW or SuperDrive), or a compatible external drive. (To see if your drive is compatible, choose Edit > Preferences, click Advanced, and click Burning. If your drive is listed, it’s compatible.)

  • A blank CD. If you plan to play the CD on a consumer CD player (not only on a computer), you need to use a blank CD-R disc, not a CD-RW disc.

  • An iTunes playlist containing the songs you want on the CD. You can fit about 74 minutes of music (about 20 songs) on a 650 MB CD-R disc. Some discs can contain 80 minutes (700 MB) of music. (You can see the size of the selected playlist at the bottom of the iTunes window.) For instructions on creating a playlist, search help for “creating lists of songs.”

To create an audio CD:

  1. Select the playlist containing the songs you want to burn to the CD, and make sure all the songs you want to include have a checkmark beside them.

  2. Insert a blank disc and click Burn Disc (at the bottom of the iTunes window).

  3. Select Audio CD as the Disc Format.

  4. Choose your options:

    • When you burn a CD, iTunes automatically adjusts the recording speed to the blank CD’s rating. However, if your blank CD is rated for a slower speed than the maximum speed of your drive, or if you experience problems creating CDs, you may want to change the CD recording speed to match the CD’s rating by choosing an option from the Preferred Speed pop-up menu.

    • To change the length of the silence between songs, choose an option from the Gap Between Songs pop-up menu.

    • To have all the songs on the CD play at the same volume, select Use Sound Check.

    • CD players in some vehicles can display information stored on CDs; select Include CD Text to use this option.

  5. Click Burn.

If the playlist contains more songs than will fit on the CD, iTunes burns only the number of songs that fit on one disc, and then asks you to insert another disc to continue burning the remaining songs.

If the playlist includes Audible spoken programs with chapter markers, the chapters are burned as separate tracks.

It might take several minutes to burn an audio CD. You can cancel the burn by clicking the X next to the progress bar (but if you’re using a CD-R disc, you won’t be able to use it again).

If the playlist contains iTunes Store purchases that are not iTunes Plus songs, you can burn the playlist to a CD up to seven times.

Related Topics

About burning CDs and DVDs

Creating a playlist

Buying blank CDs and DVDs

Creating your own MP3 CDs

Usage rights for iTunes Store purchases


iTunes for Windows: Additional troubleshooting for burning issues

Creating your own audio CDs