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Dec 14,2018 • Filed to: CD Burner • Proven solutions

How to Burn a CD with Windows Media Player

Want to learn how to burn a CD with Windows Media Player? It’s actually a fairly simple task. Especially if you’re already familiar with how the program works. Of course, the program itself is not really made for burning CDs, but it’s good for quick projects. We’re going to be introducing a couple of alternative methods for you as well. Including a bonafide DVD/CD creator and a couple of other quick solutions.

Part 1. How to Burn a CD with Windows Media Player

For our first method, we’re going to be jumping straight into how you can burn a CD with the Windows Media Player. As you probably know, it’s built-into Windows OS computers — so you won’t have to go out of your way of installing it. What you do have to do is import the files that you want to burn onto a CD (keep in mind that certain file extensions will not be accepted by the program.) For this method, it’s best to have your CD inserted into your device immediately — or risk having to re-do all the steps over again. So, do so before you move onto the first step!

Detailed Guide on Burning CD with Windows Media Player

Step One: Click Burn

In order to use Windows Media Player to burn a CD, you need to activate the Burn feature. Do so by clicking the “Burn” tab in the right-hand corner of the screen. That should slide the Burn sidebar into view (which we will use in step two).

Burn CD with Windows Media Player - Click Burn Tab

Step Two: Burn Side Bar

On the burn sidebar, there is a dock called Burn List (highlighted red in the image below.) There, you can drop items from your Windows Media Player library. You can arrange your disc as you want, just be mindful about how much you put into it.

Burn CD with Windows Media Player - Burn Side Bar

Step Three: Start Burn Process!

Once you have your burn list ready to go, you can click the Start Burn button to activate the permanent copy of your data onto the CD. That’s really all there is to burn a CD with the Windows Media Player!

Burn CD with Windows Media Player - Start Burn

Part 2. A Better Solution to Burn a CD without Windows Media Player

For our second method, we’re going to be introducing you to the promised bonafide CD/DVD Burner. With this program, Wondershare DVD Creator, you can create reliable CDs with high-fidelity copies of your audio, video, and image files. Of course, unlike the Windows Media Player, this program is made for this kind of job. So, you can expect a couple of more benefits when it comes to convenience and premium features. Some of which we are unable to cover in our tutorial today, but you can see listed below:

Wondershare DVD Creator

  • ● CD and DVD creation accompanied with DVD Blu-Ray burn features
  • ● One-Click DVD burn for quick and easy data-to-DVD scribing
  • ● Built-in Media Editor for editing your audio, video, and image files
  • ● Extra Slideshow Maker for creating fun presentations
  • ● Intuitive interface created for maximum data-to-CD creation

How to Burn Music to CD with Wondershare DVD Creator

Step One: Select Disc Type

This welcome menu is what you are greeted with upon launching the Wondershare DVD Creator. Here, you will be given the option of creating several types of discs. For our music burning purpose, we'll choose CD Burner option.

Burn CD with Windows Media Player - Choose CD Burner Option

Step Two: Add Audios to Program Window

Wondershare DVD Creator allows you to add all kinds of audio files into the program. You can either dragging and dropping the files, or clicking the Add button in the hompage to add audio files to the program.

Burn CD with Windows Media Player - Add Audio Files to Program

Step Three: Organize Your Music & Start Burning

If you find that your files are lacking, then you can use the “+” icon at the left-hand corner of the screen to add more files. On that same vein, you can also remove uploaded files with the “+” icon. This is all optional — including the naming of your disc (which you can do by filling in the Disc Label box.)

Burn CD with Windows Media Player - Start Burning Music CD

Part 3. How to Burn a CD with Other Methods

Similar to the Windows Media Player, our third method is iTunes and VLC. They’re not necessarily made for burning CDs, but you can use it as a quick fix nonetheless. One that would be most convenient if you already use iTunes and VLC regularly — be it for your music, videos, or images. If not, then you might find it a bit troublesome to match up to the iTunes standard. iTunes, unlike the Wondershare DVD Creator, is a lot pickier when it comes to file extensions (so you might have to convert a file or two before proceeding with our step-by-step breakdown.)

Method 1. How to Burn CD with iTunes

Step One: Create a Playlist

Not unlike the Windows Media Player, iTunes will require that you create a Playlist for the data that you want to burn onto a CD. Make sure that the playlist is made up of only the files that you want to burn onto the disc and nothing more. Create a New Playlist with iTunes by selecting your files, right-clicking, and then choosing the Add to Playlist > “New Playlist” options on the menu.

Burn CD with Windows Media Player - Create a Playlist

Step Two: Burn Your Playlist to Disc

Once you have your playlist all set up with the files that you want to burn, you can begin the actual burning process. For that, you need to locate the “Burn Playlist to Disc” option in the File tab (as shown in the image below.)

Burn CD with Windows Media Player - burn Your Playlist to Disc

Step Three: Burn

Don’t worry, we’re almost done! And this next step is not as difficult as you think. All you have to do is make the following choices:

  • ● Preferred Speed: Choose a speed that will work for you (either faster or slower — just remember that faster speeds might result in quality loss.)
  • ● Disc Format: iTunes will allow you to create discs of different types. You can create an Audio CD for high-fi audio, an MP3 CD for compressed audio, and a Data CD for more free-form discs.

Either way, once you’re satisfied, you can click the “Burn” button to start copying your files onto your disc.

Burn CD with Windows Media Player - Start Burning Music CD

Method 2. How to Burn CD with VLC

Step One: Create a VLC Playlist

Again, not unlike the Windows Media Player, you must create a playlist made out of the files you want to burn. With VLC, you can simply drag and drop files onto Playlist dock to do that.

Tip: If your VLC is not showing the playlist dock, then you can activate it from the “View” tab.

Burn CD with Windows Media Player - Create a VLC Playlist

Step Two: Convert/Save

VLC is a little subtler when it comes to their burn features. To find it, you must select the “Convert/Save…” option under the Media tab. Doing so will be required for the next step.

Burn CD with Windows Media Player - Choose Convert/Save Option

Step Three: Convert files to CD with VLC

For our third and final step, you’re going to have to pay very close attention to certain instructions. Follow them and you’ll find yourself with your CD of choice! First, you have to select the Disc tab, followed by choosing the Audio CD type under disc selection, then browsing for the appropriate DVD/CD drive, and finally converting data to CD by clicking the Convert/Save button.

Burn CD with Windows Media Player - Burn Files to CD

Conclusion:

That concludes our how to burn a CD with Windows Media Player tutorial. As you’ve read, it really is not all that difficult to burn data onto disc — no matter what program you use. The only difference between them is the fact that some might create better discs than others. Like, for example, the fact that you can create better CDs with the Wondershare DVD Creator than the media players we introduced.

Wondershare DVD Creator

  • ● CD and DVD creation accompanied with DVD Blu-Ray burn features
  • ● One-Click DVD burn for quick and easy data-to-DVD scribing
  • ● Built-in Media Editor for editing your audio, video, and image files
  • ● Extra Slideshow Maker for creating fun presentations
  • ● Intuitive interface created for maximum data-to-CD creation

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