How to Burn a CD in iTunes

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.

CD isolated on White.
If you are burning an audio CD or MP3 CD, use a CD-R disc.
credit: Tung-Tong/iStock/Getty Images

Step

Press "Windows-E" to open File Explorer and then insert your disc into your CD burner. If a dialog box appears, close it.

Step

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.

Step

Open iTunes. Press "Ctrl-S" to display the sidebar and then press "Ctrl-N" to create a new playlist.

Step

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.

Step

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.

Step

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.