How to Burn a Cd on a Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Do you want to learn how to burn a CD on your Mac? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step by step. By the end of this article, you will be able to burn your favorite music, videos, or files onto a CD with ease.

Step 1: Gather the Required Materials

Before we begin, make sure you have the following:

  • A blank CD
  • A Mac computer with a built-in optical drive or an external CD/DVD drive
  • The files you want to burn onto the CD

Step 2: Prepare Your Files

Organize the files you wish to burn into a single folder. This will make it easier to locate and select them during the burning process.

Step 3: Insert the Blank CD

Insert the blank CD into your Mac’s optical drive or external CD/DVD drive. Wait for your computer to recognize it.

Step 4: Open Finder and Select Files

In your Finder, navigate to the folder where you have stored your files. Select all the files you want to burn onto the CD by clicking on them while holding down the Command key. Alternatively, you can select multiple consecutive files by clicking on the first file, holding down Shift, and then clicking on the last file.

Step 5: Copy and Paste Files onto the CD

With your selected files still highlighted, right-click on one of them and choose “Burn [X] Items to Disc” from the context menu that appears. Replace [X] with the number of selected items. A new Finder window named “Burn Disc” will open.

Step 6: Configure CD Settings

In the “Burn Disc” window, you can configure some settings for your CD:

  • Disc Name: Enter a name for your CD.
  • Burn Speed: Choose the desired burn speed. It is recommended to use the maximum speed supported by your blank CD and optical drive.
  • Burn Folder: Select whether you want to burn the files immediately or create a burn folder for burning them later.

Step 7: Start Burning

Once you have configured the settings, click on the “Burn” button in the bottom right corner of the window. Your Mac will start burning the selected files onto the CD. The progress will be displayed, and you may be prompted to insert additional CDs if your files exceed the available space on one disc.

Step 8: Eject the Finished CD

After the burning process is complete, your Mac will eject the finished CD automatically. Congratulations! You have successfully burned a CD on your Mac.


  • To Burn Audio CDs:

If you want to create an audio CD that can be played in most standard CD players, follow these additional steps:

  1. Create a Playlist: Open iTunes and create a new playlist. Add all the audio files you want to include on your audio CD to this playlist.
  2. Burn Playlist to Disc: Right-click on your playlist and select “Burn Playlist to Disc.” Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the burning process.

That’s it! Now you know how to burn a CD on your Mac. Enjoy sharing your favorite music, videos, or files with others or create backup copies for safekeeping.

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