How to Burn iTunes Audio Books Onto a CD

By Ruth O'Neil

Many people use iPods to purchase and download music, movies and audio books. Sometimes, though, using an iPod is not convenient and you may wish you could burn your audio books to CDs. Audio books on CDs let you work around the house and hear everything else that is going on around you. CDs also allow other people to listen to your audio books at the same time, such as when you are traveling in the car.

Things You'll Need

  • ITunes software
  • CD burner
  • CDs
  • Marker

Step 1

Open your iTunes program. Download any of the latest software from iTunes to make sure you have the most up-to-date version to make burning your audio book to CD a little easier

Step 2

Click on “File” and then on “New Playlist.”

Step 3

Drag and drop the audio book title from the “Audio Book” folder to the “New Playlist” folder.

Step 4

Put a blank CD into the CD drive on your computer. Wait for the computer to recognize the CD. Click on “Burn disc.”

Step 5

Answer the commands in the “Burn Speed” window that pops up and then click on “Burn” again.

Step 6

Click on “Audio CDs” when the computer tells you that the file will not all fit onto one CD to keep the files continuously copying when iTunes finishes filling one CD and you insert another.

Step 7

Insert another blank CD when your computer ejects the full one. Do not click on anything, unless your computer tells you to, since the computer should automatically start recording to the new CD.

Step 8

Keep plenty of blank CDs handy. Downloading audio books to CD sometimes takes a whole lot more CDs than you expected. Check the number of hours in the audio book and then check how much time your CDs hold. Estimate how many CDs you will need by how many hours the audio book is.

Step 9

Burn the entire audio book in one sitting since iTunes will not let you come back and finish it later.

Step 10

Prevent confusion while listening to your audio book on CD by using a permanent marker to write numbers on the CDs as the computer ejects them.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check to see if the audio book is protected or not. Purchase a program that removes the DRM protection. Follow the link below to purchase the DRM protection removal software.
  • Most audio books will only allow you to burn them to CD one time for copyright reasons. Respect the creators and download these audio books for your personal use only.
  • For best results use name-brand CDs and do not use re-writable (RW) discs.