How to Burn Audio CDs With Metadata

By Ray Padgett

Burning your music’s metadata can seem daunting when your audio program doesn’t provide clear instructions, but the good news is that directions may not be necessary because it is likely your audio program will burn the metadata by default. This tutorial will tell you how to edit and burn your metadata with iTunes, but most other burning applications work in a similar way.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple iTunes

Step 1

Download and install the free iTunes software if you do not have it already. Options exist for Windows and Mac computers.

Step 2

Create a new playlist from the “File” menu and add all the tracks you wish to burn to that playlist. Bear in mind that your CD will likely have an 80-minute music limit.

Step 3

Edit the metadata of the song or songs you wish to change. You can do this by selecting the track and choosing “Get Info” from the "File" menu or simply clicking the field you wish to edit and waiting for a cursor to pop up. This way you can edit track names, artist names, album names and many other metadata tags.

Step 4

Insert a blank CD into your computer.

Step 5

Click the “Burn Disc” button in the lower-right corner of the playlist window. All the songs on your playlist will begin burning to CD, metadata included.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can edit the metadata for several songs at once by selecting multiple tracks (hold the “Control” or “Shift” keys) and selecting “Get Info.” This is useful if you wish to change an album or artist name for many songs.

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