How to Create an Audio CD from MP3 Files Using Free Software


Nowadays, the MP3 file seems to be the most common way to store digital music.  A lot of people have vast collections of songs, yet not every device out there in the world can actually play them.  A lot of music systems, both in the home and in the vehicle, don't know what to do with MP3 files.  In these situations, you may want to put your MP3 files onto a regular Audio-CD that can be played in most CD Players.

Below, I'll show you an easy way to do this using the excellent, built-in, (and most importantly, free) Windows Media Player.

What You'll Need:
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player 12
  • A CD Writer Drive
  • MP3 Files
  • A Blank CD

Drag-n-Drop Audio Files1.  Insert a blank CD into your CD-Writer Drive (henceforth known as the CD Burner).

2.  Open Windows Media Player.

3.  Navigate through the Library until you find the songs you want to burn.

4.  Click on the BURN tab on the top-right.

5.  Drag 'n' drop your songs from the left into the 'Burn List' on the right.

Set To Burn Audio CD6.  When you're done adding songs, go ahead and click on the BUTTON at the top right as shown in the screenshot (it's the one with the small checkbox and down-arrow).

7.  This will bring up a small settings menu.  In the menu, make sure that 'Audio CD' is checked.  This will tell Windows Media Player to automatically convert your MP3 Files to CD Audio.

8.  Once you're satisfied, click on 'Start Burn'.

9.  After the burn has completed, you might choose to test it in your vehicle or home audio system to make sure it worked.

I recommend that you leave your computer alone while it's converting and burning your CD, as this will help minimize errors.

If you're having any issues with CD's not burning properly (after which they are affectionately known as 'Coasters'), you might want to try unplugging your computer from the internet and temporarily shutting down background processes such as Anti-Virus.  Just be sure to turn them back on before you reconnect the internet connection.

Audio-CD Burning Alternatives to Windows Media Player

If you'd like to have a little more control over your burn, or prefer not to use Windows Media Player, you might want to have a look at this excellent article which has several alternatives listed:

Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software:


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by Morisn on 26. May 2014 - 3:37  (116421)

Thanks Bud, this is awesome!

by SamG (not verified) on 20. June 2012 - 14:08  (95151)

@Andy Sztyk; WMP 12 ONLY WORKS WITH WINS7! Not even Vista. You can open media player, right click on the top toolbar, left click "help", left click on "check for updates", and if possible, it will download another version. If you have your mouse clicks reversed, click the opposite buttons. If you want to download from MS website directly, follow this link-

by baja463 on 19. June 2012 - 23:07  (95144)

"1. Insert the Black CD into your CD-Writer Drive (henceforth known as the CD Burner)."

Black CD?

(Probably Blank CD)

by Jojo Yee on 20. June 2012 - 2:48  (95146)

Thanks baja463 for pointing out. The typo is now fixed.

by BajaRobin on 19. June 2012 - 15:59  (95127)

read your promo line and RUSHED right to the article...:(

I run MAC --- anything you're aware of, similar to that for MAC?

by DrBaker on 19. June 2012 - 17:06  (95132)

I am not familiar with a lot of MAC software, but if you want to try using iTunes, you may be able to "Burn Playlist to Disc", as one of our readers suggested.

by JimC on 19. June 2012 - 4:13  (95091)

I use KM Payer, freeware which is able to play virtually everything. Brilliant. Jim.

by Anonymous elizabeth (not verified) on 18. June 2012 - 18:35  (95072)

I have a vinyl record that I want to put to cd. Can i copy it to my computer then use the above method to put it on a cd?

by Anonymous Rufus (not verified) on 18. June 2012 - 18:57  (95073)

Why not? If you can read your vinyl into an .mp3 file, these instructions tell you how to put it on a CD.

But if you already have a turntable that plugs into your computer, you may already have software to copy your music to a CD. Check the software that came with your turntable.

by Kumar_Shah on 18. June 2012 - 16:28  (95068)

For those who use iTunes (which is the overwhelming majority of us), why not just use the "Burn Playlist to Disc" option? That's what I do.

by Col. Panek (not verified) on 18. June 2012 - 15:10  (95065)

VLC Media Player is better. I use it on Linux.

by Geezer (not verified) on 18. June 2012 - 15:08  (95064)

Windows Media Player 12: Included in Windows 7 Starter, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.

Windows Media Player 11: Included in Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise editions.

There's a separate download of WMP 11 for XP, Server 2003 and WMP 10 is still available for Server 2008.

by AnonymousXPVistaW7 (not verified) on 18. June 2012 - 14:54  (95062)

Windows Media Player 12 has been around a couple of years now.

It is only for Windows 7 (and I assume Windows 8).

XP and Vista have the option of version 11.



by Andy Sztyk (not verified) on 18. June 2012 - 14:31  (95060)

Where do you get Microsoft Windows Media Player 12 since we are only at 11 as at this morning June 18th?

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