You don’t know what to get your girlfriend. You would like to give her something really special, but nothing comes to mind. And I… how can I help you? Sorry, I don’t have a magic hat to get ideas in. Have you tried a bouquet of red roses? Yep, you’re a tech geek and would like to give her something techy.
You get me in trouble. Let me think… here, I have the solution that’s right for you! It just happens to brush. Without thinking twice, create an Audio CD with your favorite songs. Yes, I know, today there are Spotify, playlists shared on smartphones and all these conveniences that were unthinkable just a few years ago, but think about it: a music compilation made to measure for your loved one (or your loved one) and delivered person to the latter (or the latter), has a completely different charm. Do you agree? Well then read on.
Below you will find a list of programs to create audio CDs on Windows, macOS and Linux and detailed explanations on how to convert mp3 to audio cd using them: I assure you that it takes very little. All you need is a few blank CDs (if you don’t know which brand to buy, read my guide on which CD to buy to burn music), a set of DRM-free MP3s (so songs downloaded from Apple Music or Spotify won’t go fine) and a few minutes of time to devote to the preparation of your compilation. Happy reading and good luck with the creation of your “musical gift”!
How to Convert MP3 to Audio CD on Windows
You use a Windows PCs? Then know that you are spoiled for choice. In fact, you can rely on numerous solutions to create audio CDs starting from MP3 songs, many of which are free and very easy to use. Some are even included in the operating system, so they don’t require any additional downloads. If you want to know more, read on: now I’ll point out a couple.
Windows Media Player
If you don’t want to install additional programs on your PC, you can convert MP3 to audio CD using the good old Windows Media Player. In addition to being an excellent player for the songs and videos saved on the PC, Windows Media Player, in fact, offers all the functions needed to transform MP3s into standard songs compatible with all stereo systems and transfer them to CD.
If you don’t believe us, try it now. Start Windows Media Player pressing the button start (the flag icon located in the lower left corner of the screen) and looking for the name of the program in the menu that opens. After that, with the player started, select the item Music from the left sidebar and, if necessary, import the songs you want to rip to CD into your WMP library. To import songs into the Windows Media Player library, just drag and drop them into the program window.
At this point, insert the disk on which you want to copy your songs into the PC recorder, select the card Burn of Windows Media Player (top right) and, if necessary, use your voice Next unit from the right sidebar to choose the drive where the blank CD is located.
After this step too, click on the icon window with the blue check mark located at the top right and select the item Audio CDs from the menu that opens (to tell WMP that you want to create an audio CD), browse your music library and drag the songs you want to include in the compilation into the Windows Media Player sidebar. Make sure that the total duration of the songs does not exceed the maximum duration supported by the CD in use (e.g. 74 minutes).
In conclusion, I advise you to set a low writing speed for the CD (in order to avoid any compatibility problems with older players). Then click on the icon window with the blue check mark located at the top right and select the item More burning options from the menu that appears.
In the window that opens, set the drop-down menu Burn speed on Slow or Averageclick on the button Okay to save the changes and start burning your disk by pressing the button Start burning placed at the top of the WMP sidebar.
Note: If you can’t find Windows Media Player on your PC, you’re probably using an “N” version of Windows or someone has disabled the program from their operating system settings. To fix the problem, follow the instructions you find in my tutorial on how to download Windows Media Player
If for one reason or another Windows Media Player doesn’t satisfy you, you can try CDBurnerXP: an excellent free burning software available for Windows. It allows you to create data CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays, video DVDs and, of course, audio CDs. Another important thing to underline is that it is available in a portable version, which allows it to be used without going through any installation procedure. There is also a standard version to be installed using the classic wizard, but I personally advise against it, also because it may contain promotional content (which can be deactivated, but still annoying).
To download the portable version of CDBurnerXP, then connect to the program’s website and click on the item first More download options » located next to the disk icon and then on the link 32-bit (x64 compatible) which is next to the wording Portable version.
Once the download is complete, open the zip package which contains CDBurnerXP, extract the contents to a folder of your choice and run the executable cdbxpp.exe. In the window that opens, select the language Italian and press on Okay. Then select the icon Audio disc and click the button Okay to start the creation of a music CD (making sure to insert the blank disk to be used for the compilation in the computer burner).
In the new window that appears on the screen at this point, use the two upper panels to navigate through the PC folders, locate the MP3s you want to include in your compilation and drag them into the box below (making sure that their total duration does not exceed the maximum duration supported by the disk in use, eg 74 minutes).
When the operation is complete, click on the iconCD with green check mark located at the top left and use the next window to set your burning preferences. Then set one write speed low (eg. 4x) using the appropriate drop-down menu, choose whether to set a pause of xx seconds between all tracks placing the sign on the appropriate option and start the creation of the compilation by pressing the button Burn.
Convert MP3 to Audio CD on macOS
If you use a Macyou can’t easily rely on iTunes: Apple’s multimedia software that you find already installed on macOS and which, among its many functions, also offers the possibility of creating audio CDs starting from MP3s or other audio files.
To create an audio CD with iTunes, you must first import the songs to be included in the compilation in the library of the program. If you haven’t already done this, select the item Music from the iTunes drop-down menu (top left), click on the card Bookshelf (top) and drag the MP3s you want to burn to CD into the program window.
Now you can take action by creating the playlists to be transformed into an audio CD. Then go to the menu File > New Playlist located at the top left, type the title you want to assign to your playlist (eg. Audio CDs) and you’ll see it appear in the iTunes sidebar.
At this point, select the songs you want to burn to CD from your iTunes library (to select multiple songs at once, use the combination cmd+click), right click on any of them and select the items Add to Playlist > [nome della playlist che hai creato] from the context menu.
Repeat the operation with all the songs you want to include in your compilation and you will get a playlist with all the songs to copy onto the disk. I remind you again that you can only copy DRM-free music to CD, so if you use Apple Music and have downloaded songs from it, know that you cannot use them in your compilation.
Now all you have to do is insert the disk on which to burn the compilation into your computer, select the name of the playlists that you created earlier from the sidebar of iTunes, right click on it and choose the entry Burn playlists to disc from the menu that appears.
In the window that opens, set the preferred speed (i.e. write speed) to a low value, I would say no more than 4x (this will avoid potential floppy reading problems for older players), make sure there is a check mark next to the item Audio CDschoose the distance between songs (i.e. the number of seconds of silence that must exist between one track and another on the CD) that you prefer the most and press the button Burn to start burning the disk.
If you deem it appropriate, you can put a check mark next to the item Use Volume Checker and let iTunes analyze the disk after the burn is complete (for write errors). Naturally, the total length of the songs included in the compilation must not exceed 74 minutes (or in any case the maximum length supported by the disk used).
Note: iTunes is also available for Windows. It can be downloaded for free and offers all the functions of the macOS version. If you want to know more, find out how to install iTunes by reading my guide dedicated to the subject.
Convert MP3 to Audio CD on Linux
If your PC is equipped with a Linux distribution, for example ubuntu, you can rely on Brasero, one of the best burning software for the penguin system. Brasero is pre-installed on some distros, while on others it can be downloaded for free from the dedicated stores.
For example, if you have Ubuntu, you can download Brasero by starting theUbuntu Software Centre (the icon of shopping bag present in the left sidebar), looking for the name of Brasero in the window that opens and clicking first button Install placed next to the software icon and then typing the password system administration page (the one you use to log into your computer).
At this point, to create an audio CD with Brasero, start the application by selecting its icon from the left sidebar, click on the button Sound project and drag the songs you want to copy onto the disk into the space provided in the software window.
After that, select the recorder to be used in the relative drop-down menu, press the button Burnchoose the burning speed from the appropriate drop-down menu (I recommend 4x) and click the button Burn to start writing your compilation.