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For Seniors: Burn Music to a CD/DVD

Saving music files to a storage medium on your laptop, such as a CD or DVD, is referred to as burning. You might burn music to a disc so you can take it to a party or another computer location.

  1. If your laptop has a CD/DVD drive, insert a blank CD or DVD suitable for storing audio files in your drive.

  2. Open Windows Media Player, click the Burn tab, and then click one or more songs, albums, or playlists in the middle of the screen and drag them to the Burn pane on the right.

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  3. Click Start Burn in the right side of the screen. Windows Media Player begins to burn the items to the disc. The Status column for the first song title reads Writing to Disc and changes to Complete when the track is copied.

  4. When the burn is complete, your disc is ejected (although you can change this option by clicking the Burn Options button (a small button on the top right of the Burn tab) and choosing Eject Disc After Burning to deselect it).

If you swap music online through various music-sharing services and then copy them to CD/DVD and pass them around to your friends, always do a virus check on the files before handing them off. Also, be sure you have the legal right to download and swap that music with others.

Note that optical discs come in different types, including CD-R (readable), CD-RW(read/writable), DVD+, DVD–, and DVD+/–. You must be sure your optical drive is compatible with the disc type you're using or you can't burn the disc successfully. Check your laptop user manual or the manufacturer’s site to see what disc format it takes and check the disc packaging for the format before you buy!

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