Burning Music and Other Media to CDs and DVDs

If you have a CD or DVD burner, Windows Media Player can use it to burn a custom selection of songs to a recordable disc. You don't need to use Windows Explorer or a third-party CD-burning or DVD-burning program to do this (although you might choose to use another program if you find that Windows Media Player lacks a feature you find essential).

With a compatible drive, Windows Media Player can burn any of the following three types of discs:

• Audio CD This type of disc plays back in any CD player, including the one in your car. One major caveat: the burning engine in Windows Media Player does not support the CD-Text standard, so any disc you burn here will not display album and track information on a car CD player that can read this information .

• Data CD Typically, these discs consist of MP3 and WMA files . You can play back a data CD on another computer or on a player that recognizes MP3 and WMA tracks (as most recent-vintage car players do). Unless you change the default burn settings, Windows Media Player uses metadata from selected tracks to organize your list by folder and adds a playlist in Windows Playlist (WPL) format.

• Data DVD This type of disc is similar to a data CD, with the major advantage that it holds significantly more data. Note that a data DVD is not the same as a video DVD and might not play back in some consumer DVD players .

To start, insert a blank CD or DVD in the drive and click the Burn tab to display the burn list. Drag songs, albums, playlists, or artists to the list pane to build the list; if you're planning to burn a data CD or DVD, you can add pictures and video clips (in WMV format) as well.

For more details on how to create, edit, and save lists, see "Working with Playlists" on page 421 .

The box above the burn list displays the current disc setting. For audio CDs, the display shows how much time is available and how much will be used by the current burn list; the running time of the current selection is shown at the top of the burn list itself. Figure 13-10 shows an audio CD that still has room for a few more tracks.



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Second Option - Caitlin Cary 3:16

Soulful Shade of Blue - Neko Case 2:33 Another Place To Fall - KTTunitall 4:11

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If You Knew Neko Caie 2:31

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Figure 13-10 As you fill the burn list, the display above the list tells you how much time you'l use on an audio CD.

For a data disc, the display shows available and used disc space . The example shown here uses the exact same list of tracks as in Figure 13-10, but this data disc is nowhere near being full, thanks to compressed audio files .

If the total time or disc space in your burn list is greater than the capacity of the blank disc, Windows Media Player adds Next Disc markers at the break points and changes the display at the top of the list to indicate how much time (or space) remains on the last disc. You can accept the disc breaks as defined or edit the playlist by adding and removing tracks . Drag individual tracks up or down to change their order. Click and drag a disc heading to rearrange the order of discs. A blue icon to the left of any track indicates that the track contains restricted media usage rights that don't allow burning.

To switch between audio and data disc formats, use the List Options menu, which sits unobtrusively at the top of the list pane, as shown next.



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Eject disc after burning

Data CD or DVD


Audio CD

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Name disc

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More burn options...

Help with burning...

Other options on this menu allow you to shuffle or sort the burn list, give the disc a name that will be visible in the Computer window within Windows Explorer, and specify whether you want the disc to be ejected automatically after burning. Click More Burn Options to open the dialog box shown in Figure 13-11 .

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Specify settings for burning audio and data discs. General

V Automatically eject the disc after burning

Audio CDs

V Apply volume leveling across tracks

V Burn CD without gaps

Data Discs

Add a list of all burned files to the disc in this format: | WPL ^ |

V Use media information to arrange files in folders on the disc

Figure 13-11 By default, all settings in this dialog box are enabled.

These settings apply to all CDs you burn using Windows Media Player. Two particularly interesting settings are under the Audio CDs heading. By default, volume levels are automatically adjusted for tracks on audio CDs . This option is useful for mix CDs, where the content is drawn from a variety of sources and volume levels can vary widely. You might want to disable this option if you're burning tracks from a single source and you want to maintain their fidelity. To change this setting, select or clear the Apply Volume Leveling Across Tracks option . The second option in this category, Burn CD Without Gaps, turns on cross-fading for audio CDs to avoid the 2-second gap that would otherwise be present. This setting is especially important for live recordings and classical pieces where the audio should play continuously across track breaks.

When you're ready to begin creating your disc, click the Start Burn button at the top of the list pane . The burning process takes a little while . Windows Media Player first checks each track to make sure that its media usage rights (if any) permit copying . For an audio CD, it converts MP3, WMA, and MPEG-4 (AAC) files to a temporary WAV audio file. (Because WAV files are uncompressed, you might need as much as 700 MB of temporary storage to accommodate this process.) Finally, it begins burning the selected tracks or files to your blank disc

You can follow the progress of all of these operations by watching the Status column on the Burn tab, or you can return to another part of Windows Media Player and perform other tasks

By default, Windows Media Player ejects your disc when the copy is complete . If you've prepared a multidisc burn list, this option makes it easy to replace the completed disc with a fresh blank one and click Start Burn to continue . The Eject operation can be dangerous, however, if your computer is a tower model stored on the floor next to your knee . If you're unaware that a disc has popped out, you could inadvertently bump the drive and injure your knee, snap the drive tray, or both . If you don't want burned discs to eject automatically, clear the Eject Disc After Burning option on the List Options menu.

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  • fatima
    How to sort burn list windows 7?
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    How to burn an audio cd in windows 7 to play continuously?
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