How to Download Songs Onto a Blank CD

By Shauna Osborn

There are several computer programs that can be used to create an audio CD, but in these instructions we'll be using Windows Media Player software. This is because Windows Media Player (WMP) is easily available. This article will explain how to download music onto a blank CD to create an audio CD. Audio CDs can be played in most regular CD players and all CD-ROM players.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank CD-R
  • Music files in a compatible format (MP3, WMA, or WAV)
  • Computer with a recent version of Windows Media Player (version 7 or above) and CD-burning capabilities.

Using Windows Media Player to make an audio CD

Step 1

Click on the "Start" menu. Select "Windows Media Player" from the Programs list.

Step 2

Click on "Copy to CD or Device" on the right-side menu, or on the File menu, point to "Copy." Click "Copy to Audio CD."

Step 3

In the Items to Copy pane on the left, select the songs you want to add to your audio CD. If the songs you wish to copy are not listed in this pane, you will need to add them using the "Edit Playlist" button.

Step 4

Change the order of the songs in the Items to Copy pane by dragging the songs to the position where you want them. Clear the checked boxes next to songs you don't want on the CD.

Step 5

The number of songs and the total time of all songs chosen are displayed at the bottom of the Items to Copy pane. Make sure the total time of all the songs to be copied is less than the time available on the blank CD-R. The typical time limit on a CD-R is 80 minutes, but 79 minutes or less will be available for songs.

Step 6

Insert the blank CD-R into your computer's CD-ROM drive. In the Items on Device pane on the right, use the drop down menu to choose "Audio CD." Click "Copy."

Tips & Warnings

  • It is best not to do anything else while a CD is being copied. Burning a CD takes longer if you are running other programs while WMP is working or if you are listening to songs, watching videos or creating a playlist. Songs must already be on your computer for you to copy them to CD.
  • Be sure you are using CD-R discs and not CD-RW discs. CD-RW discs will only work in certain CD-ROM players. CD-RW discs will not work in CD players.Make sure the songs you want to copy are a compatible format for WMP or creating the CD will not be possible.Songs you want to copy should be legally purchased. Illegal downloading or copying of songs can result in criminal charges.