How to Convert MP3 CDs to Play on a CD Player

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

The compact size of MP3 music files lets you place more of them on a CD than a disc bought in a store. Some CD players can not play the MP3 format so music files must be converted to the same format as one commercially purchased. Converting MP3 music files on a CD to a CD-compatible format can be done using an audio conversion program. The majority of these audio conversion programs are free. The audio conversion programs work in a similar and intuitive fashion regardless of whether you are using a Mac or a PC.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank recordable CD

Step 1

Download an audio conversion program to the desktop of the computer, for example, the free iTunes program that works on both Macs and PCs. Double-click on the file after it has downloaded. Follow the menu commands to install the program onto the computer's hard drive. Restart the PC after the installation is completed.

Step 2

Slide the CD with the MP3 music files on it into the side slot of the Mac, or place the CD onto the ejected disc tray of a PC. Press the "Eject" button again to close the disc tray.

Step 3

Wait for the icon of the CD to appear on the desktop. Right-click on the desktop. Select "New folder" from the pop-up menu. Name the folder "Music."

Step 4

Double-click on the icon of the CD to open its window. Drag the MP3 music files out of the window and onto the "Music" folder. Wait as a progress bar appears and fills in. Eject the CD once the progress bar disappears by dragging it to the Trash (Mac) or right-clicking on it, selecting "Eject" from the pop-up menu and removing it from the ejected disc tray after pressing the "Eject" button on the front of the PC.

Step 5

Launch the audio conversion program by double-clicking its icon inside of the "Applications" folder if on a Mac or by selecting it from the "start," "All Applications" pop-up menu.

Step 6

Go to "File" and select "Preferences" from the drop down menu after the audio conversion program's main screen appears. Click on the "General" tab at the top of the window that appears. Click on the 'Import Settings" or "Settings" button on the window to bring up a new window.

Step 7

Select "AIFF" or "Audio CD" from the "Format" drop down menu. Leave all of the other buttons on the window alone, except for changing the "Audio Gap" or "Time between songs" drop down menu to "2 seconds." Click the "Apply" button at the bottom of the window to close the window. Click the red button at the upper left (Mac) or the red "X" at the upper right (PC) to close the window that is still on the screen.

Step 8

Click the "Playlist" or "+" icon at the bottom of the audio conversion program's main screen. Name the icon that appears with the same name as the MP3 CD.

Step 9

Click once on the icon that you just named. Double-click on the "Music" folder to open its window. Drag the MP3 music files out of the window and onto the audio conversion program's main screen. Wait as the audio conversion program converts the MP3 music files into the CD-compatible format and saves them to a folder on the computer's hard drive.

Step 10

Archive or delete the "Music" folder once the progress bar at the top of the audio conversion program's main screen has disappeared.

Step 11

Slide a blank recordable CD into the side slot of the Mac, or place the blank recordable CD onto the ejected disc tray of a PC. Press the "Eject" button again to close the disc tray.

Step 12

Click on the "Burn" or "Disc Burn" button at the bottom of the audio conversion program's main screen. Enter the same name as that of the MP3 CD into the "Name" column on the pop-up window that has appeared. Select "4X" from the "CD speed" or "Disc speed" drop down menu. Click the "Burn" or "Start" button at the bottom of the window. Quit the audio conversion program after the progress bar at the top of the window has completely filled in.

Step 13

Eject the CD from the computer by dragging it to the Trash (Mac) or right-clicking on it, selecting "Eject" from the pop-up menu and removing it from the ejected disc tray after pressing the "Eject" button on the front of the PC.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use inexpensive blank recordable CDs as their inferior materials can fial to work after they are played a few times.