How to Make a DVD-R Into a CD-R
With the evolution of computer technology, the boundaries between what a DVD-R and a CD-R can store are disappearing. Traditionally, blank CD-R discs could only burn music, while DVD-R discs could burn videos. Since optical lasers read both discs, using a blank DVD-R in place of a CD-R to store music is not uncommon. The advantage of using DVD-R is the data storage capacity. A DVD-R utilizes more space on the disk. Whereas a CD-R usually has a storage limit of 10 to 20 songs, a DVD-R can store up to 100 songs. If your audio player can only play MP3 data DVDs, you will need to convert your WMA files to MP3s using a converter software.
Things You'll Need
- Blank DVD-R discs
- DVD-ROM drive
Burning WMA Music Files to a DVD-R
Place a blank DVD-R disc into the DVD-ROM drive.
Open the Windows Media Player application and select the "Burn" tab located on the bottom right side of the player.
Select "Burn Options" and click on "Data CD or DVD."
Add your music files to the "Burn" playlist, much like you would do if you were burning straight to a blank CD-R disc. To add a song, click its music file and drag it directly into the playlist or right click on it and choose "Add to Playlist."
Click "Start Burn" to begin copying. Depending on the file sizes and amount of songs, the waiting time for burning will vary. Once burning is complete, the DVD-ROM drive will eject your disc automatically.
Confirm your Disc works by inserting it into a CD player, not a DVD player. If the DVD works in the player, you have successfully formatted the DVD-R into a CD-R. If the songs did not successfully record onto the DVD-R, you may need to convert them to MP3s and try burning them to the DVD-R again.
Converting Songs to MP3 Format to Burn Them to a DVD-R
Download and install a WMA-to-MP3 converter from a site like convert-wma-to-mp3.biz. Click the "Free Download" link found at the top of the page to begin download.
Import your songs by going to "Select Files" and choosing all the WMA audio files you wish to convert into MP3.
Click the "Convert" icon to begin the conversion. You can follow the progress by looking at whether the current state says "Converted" or "Converting."
Insert your DVD-R disc into the DVD-ROM tray. Open "My Computer" and right-click and choose "Open."
Drag the converted MP3 audio files into the DVD-ROM window. Your disc will now become a DVD-R data disc that can be played as a CD-R data disc.
Click the "Burn to disc" located in the left toolbar to begin burning.