Over the past decade, the use of CDs has dropped a lot. With the introduction of devices that are much more durable, faster, and can take more abuse, it is only natural that most people will start using them. Regardless of all the better options that have replaced the CDs in today’s world, there are still a few applications where you may need to use a CD, especially when it comes to music.
Not all cars have a USB port on their radios, especially the older models. There are even some aftermarket solutions that don’t come with a USB port. Home media players are another case where a USB port may not be available. If you are in this situation and you plan to listen to some music, you will need to figure out a way to get your MP3s on a CD, and we are going to help you with that. In today’s article, we are going to explain how to burn MP3 to CD.
Regardless if you are old-school and listen to music on your computer from a CD-ROM or you want to know how to burn MP3 to CD for your car, this guide will include all. We will also explain several procedures on how to achieve it, using several techniques and tools.
Before we begin, let’s first answer a few questions you may have.
What is an MP3 CD?
MP3 CD is a compact disk drive that contains MP3 files. Basically, it is the same as a USB drive with MP3 loaded into it, and the only difference is that once you burn a CD with MP3, you cannot delete those and add new ones. Rewritable CDs will avoid that problem, but they will not last as long as you may need.
Audio CD vs. MP3 CD
The main difference is in the file format. MP3s are burned on the CD like a file, and they keep the format. When you create and burn an audio CD, the files you use are usually MP3s, and during the burning process, they get converted to the necessary format. The reason why both types exist is the device you will use them on. Take a car radio, for example. Some may be able to read MP3 files off a CD, while others will only work with the older audio CDs.
How many MP3 will it fit on a CD?
Since there are two types of formats, we’ll go over both. If you want to burn an audio CD, then you will be able to fit MP3 songs that are not longer than around 80 minutes in total. MP3 CDs are measured differently, so the length doesn’t play a very important role. Most CDs can hold about 700 MB of data, meaning that instead of length, here you will be looking at the size of the songs. Many factors come into play when it comes to the size of a song, bitrate, length, and format. Since the format is MP3, the length and bitrate will determine the size, and on average, you should be able to put around 100 or little more songs on a CD.
Burning MP3 to CD
The procedure of burning MP3 files to a CD is relatively easy, and you can do it without using third-party software. Every version of Windows, starting with Windows 7, has a built-in CD and DVD burner as part of the Windows explorer. Put the blank CD on your drive, and Windows will open up a prompt asking you what you want to do with it. Choose the option “Burn files to disc,” and a new window will open.
From there, you have the option to set the title and how you want the files to be recorded. USB style is recommended if you’re going to keep the MP3 files in the same format and click “Next.” One thing you need to make sure is that the device you intend to use it on can read MP3 files from a CD.
A blank window will open where you can start copying the MP3 files to. Once you’re done, you should navigate to the “Manage” tab and click on “Finish Burning.” If you use Windows 7, the option “Burn to disc” is available in the top left corner of the explorer window.
When the burning wizard opens in a new window, you should set the title of the CD as well as the burning speed and start the process.
When the burning is done, you will get a prompt, and you can take the CD out of the drive and close the windows.
Burning MP3 to CD as audio
If you need to have audio files on your CD, not in MP3 format, then the procedure is different. Thankfully, Windows has a nifty little tool included that will enable you to burn your CD without downloading additional software. Open up Windows Media Player and start adding the MP3 songs to the playlist.
When you reach the limit or add the songs, you need to click on the “Burn” tab in the upper right corner. Next, click on the little icon with the green check sign and select “Audio CD.” When you select that, click on “Start Burn”.
Windows Media Player will start burning the CD, and once the process is done, the CD will be ejected automatically, and you can close the Windows Media Player.
Even though Windows comes preinstalled with the software required to burn MP3 to CD, there are free MP3 CD burner tools that you can use as well. The same goes for burning MP3 to CD as MP3 or as audio.
Burning CDs is something that isn’t as “popular” as it once was. Regardless of that, the option is still available for all Windows users, and following our guide on how to make MP3 CDs will help you burn your favorite music with ease.