By Tony Bove

Burning a CD in iTunes is a simple process, and getting it right the first time is a good idea because when you burn a CD-R, it’s done — right or wrong. You can’t erase content and reuse a CD-R. Fortunately, CD-Rs are inexpensive, so you won’t be out more than a few cents if you burn a bad one. (Besides, they’re good as coasters for coffee tables.)

Follow these steps to burn a disc:

  1. Select the playlist under the Playlists tab.
  2. Choose Burn Playlist to Disc from the playlist options menu or choose File→Burn Playlist to Disc.
    After choosing Burn Playlist to Disc, the Burn Settings dialog appears.
  3. Select options in the Burn Settings dialog and click the Burn button.burn iTunes
  4. Insert a blank disc.
    iTunes immediately checks the media and begins the burn process, displaying a progress bar and the names of the songs burning to the disc.
    If you chose the MP3 CD format, iTunes skips over any songs in the playlist that aren’t in this format.
    When iTunes finishes burning the disc, iTunes chimes, and the disc is mounted on the Desktop.
  5. Eject the newly burned disc from your drive and then test it.

You can cancel the burn operation at any time by clicking the X next to the progress bar, but canceling the operation isn’t like undoing the burn. If the burn has already started, you can’t use that CD-R or DVD-R again.

If the playlist has more music than can fit on the disc using the chosen format, iTunes asks whether you want to create multiple audio CDs with the playlist. If you choose to create multiple audio CDs, iTunes burns as many full songs as possible from the beginning of the playlist and then asks you to insert another disc to burn the rest.