Several programs are available for computers to help you create your own compact discs (CDs). In this guide, we’re going to show you how to make a CD of music from your iTunes library.

You’ll need:

  • a computer with access to the internet, ideally through a broadband connection
  • iTunes installed on your computer (see our guide How to download iTunes)
  • an email account.

Creating a CD on a computer is often called ‘burning a CD’.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to make a CD from tracks in your library

Step 1: Open iTunes on your machine.

Step 2: Click on Playlists at the top of the screen. Then Click the + sign in the bottom left of the iTunes window. Choose New Playlist. This will create a new playlist for you that you can burn to a CD.

Step 3: Decide what you want to name your playlist and then type this in the box provided in the top right corner of the screen. Then click Done. (I have called my new folder 'CD to Burn').

Step 4:  Find the tracks you want to put into the new folder from your list of songs. Click on it so that it turns blue, then right click on it to get a new menu up. From the menu, hover over Add to Playlist and choose the playlist that you have named in Step 3. 

Step 5: You can also select more than one track by holding down the Ctrl key on the keyboard. While doing this, scroll through your music library and click each track that you’d like to put on the CD. You’ll notice that all the tracks you’ve clicked will turn blue. Then you can right-click and choose Add to Playlist.

Step 6: Now you need to burn the CD. Put a blank CD into the CD drive.

Step 7: Still in iTunes, right-click on the playlist name. Then, in the menu that appears, click Burn Playlist to Disc.

Step 8: Click Burn.

Note: Most recordable CDs are about 70 minutes long. Ensure that your playlist is no more than that. The length of each playlist is displayed at the bottom of the iTunes window.

Chris Quartermaine is a Digital Unite tutor for Chester, South Wirral and north-east Wales.