Making Your Own CDs

CD or DVD IconAlthough many people will play our MP3 files using a computer or mobile device such as the iPhone (using iTunes or similar software), others will prefer to make their own compact discs in order to use CD players that are part of their home entertainment centers (or automobile CD players).

Audio CDs: Making an “audio compact disc” is easy if you have the right software. It is simply a matter of opening your CD-burning software, inserting a recordable “CD-R” into your computer, choosing the “Audio CD” option, and then dragging the MP3 files into the window, making sure the tracks are ordered correctly before pressing the big red burn button. Note that in the background, your software automatically de-compresses your MP3 files and burns them to the CD-R as “Redbook Standard” 44.1kHz, 16-bit compact disc audio files.

The time limit for CD-R discs that you burn yourself depends on the capacity of the discs you bought at the store. Older CD-R discs may only hold 74 minutes (640 megabytes), while newer ones generally hold up to 80 minutes (700 megabytes). Higher capacity 90-min CD-Rs are also available. The 80-minute variety is generally large enough to hold one of our nature sound titles, although we do offer some titles that run over 80 minutes and therefore would require a 90-minute capacity disc.

MP3 CDs: In the event that you’ll be using a CD player that will actually play the MP3 files themselves (without de-compressing them into larger files), you can store a lot more audio on a single CD-R, perhaps four or five of our titles. To learn how to make an MP3 CD (as opposed to an “audio compact disc”), we suggest that you google “how to make an MP3 CD” and then look for entries that are applicable to your particular computer platform or piece of software. For instance, it’s easy to burn an MP3 CD using iTunes … Go Here for instructions.

Make CDs from FLAC files: We are assuming that folks who download FLAC files are “audiophile experts” who already know what they’re doing, what software to use, etc. If you are a novice and want to learn more, read our FLAC summary page or else go here to learn more.

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