Burn a music CD with Windows Media Player 9: 7 steps (with pictures)

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Burn a music CD with Windows Media Player 9: 7 steps (with pictures)
Burn a music CD with Windows Media Player 9: 7 steps (with pictures)
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So your PC's hard drive is almost bursting at the seams with all the music you've downloaded from the Internet and copied from CDs, and now you finally want to make a compilation CD to play in the car or on your stereo. Here's how to burn a music CD using Windows Media Player 9. (Note: This how-to assumes you can handle Microsoft Windows XP, and is for the English version of Windows.)

Another note: The procedure described here creates a WMA CD that not all CD players can play.

Steps

Burn a Music CD Using Windows Media Player 9 Step 1

Step 1. Open Windows Media Player

The icon can usually be found by clicking "START", then "Program Files", "Accessories", then "Entertainment", or All Programs. There you should be able to find the Windows Media Player.

Burn a Music CD Using Windows Media Player 9 Step 2

Step 2. Click the "Media Library" button on the left side of the window

Burn a Music CD Using Windows Media Player 9 Step 3

Step 3. Select the music you want to burn to the CD

Click on the "All Music" tab which you will find in the left pane. The right pane should now show all the songs you have on your hard drive.

Burn a Music CD Using Windows Media Player 9 Step 4

Step 4. Select the songs you want to copy to the CD

You can do this in a number of different ways. You can right click on a song, select "Add To Burn List", then go back to the "Media Library" and then choose more songs. Of course, you can also select multiple songs at once by holding down CTRL while clicking on songs. With the SHIFT key pressed you can also work quickly by selecting the first song, holding SHIFT and then the last song you want to select.

Burn a Music CD Using Windows Media Player 9 Step 5

Step 5. Once you have selected all the tracks you want, right click on the selection and then choose "Copy to CD or device"

This will take you to the "Copy to CD or Device" menu. In the window on the left you will see all the songs you want to burn to CD, on the right an empty window with the message "Insert a blank CD into the drive". In the left window you will see all checkboxes next to the tracks. You can use this to check and uncheck songs, songs that you do not want or do not want to burn to CD. It also allows you to change the playback order of the songs. To do this, click on a track and, while holding down the mouse button, drag the song up or down in the playlist.

Burn a Music CD Using Windows Media Player 9 Step 6

Step 6. Click the "Copy" button at the top right corner of Windows Media Player

A window will appear telling you to insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW into your CD drive. Insert a blank CD-R into your PC's drive, and click retry. Now Windows Media Player should start burning the CD. Media Player converts the tracks to a special CD format. Progress bars next to each track indicate how far it has progressed. Don't worry, nothing will be changed to the original files. When all tracks have been converted, you'll see progress bars next to each track that read "Copying to CD." The right window should show the message "Copy in progress".

Burn a Music CD Using Windows Media Player 9 Step 7

Step 7. And that's it, you're done

Windows should automatically eject the new music CD once the burning is complete. If this doesn't happen, you'll have to do it yourself, but wait a while before pressing the Eject button until the burn is finished!

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