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iTunes: Burning Down the House Burn a CD 1. 2. 3. 50 4. 5. 6. 7. Create a playlist containing the songs you want to put on a CD. Put the songs in the order on which you want them to be on the CD. Check the information for the playlist that you have created to make sure that it will fit onto a CD. Most CDs can contain up to 750MB of data or 70-80 minutes of music. The amount of songs this includes will depend on the format you are using. If you are creating an audio CD, you will be limited to the amount of music on a standard audio CD. If you are creating an MP3 CD, you will be able to get much more music on a single CD. In either case, make sure that the size and time shown for the playlist is less than or equal to the amount that you can place on the CD media that you are using. Configure iTunes for CD burning by making sure that iTunes recognizes your CD burner; then choosing the format that you want to use (see the section called " Setting iTunes CD Burning Preferences " earlier in this chapter). Select the playlist that you want to put on the CD. The Action button will become the Burn CD button. Click the Burn CD button. You will be prompted to insert a blank CD. Use CD-R discs for audio CDs that you create rather than CD-RW discs, especially if you will be using the CDs that you create in non-computer CD players. If you create an audio CD using a CD-RW disc, the odds are that you won't be able to play it in a standard CD player. Besides which, CD-R discs are less expensive. Insert a blank CD, close the drive door (unless you have a slot-loading CD-RW drive in which case this isn't necessary), and click the Burn CD button again. iTunes will start burning the CD. Depending on the format of the CD that you are creating, the speed of your CD burner, and your Mac's capabilities, the burning process can take just a couple of minutes to a half-hour or so. When the CD is done, it will be ejected from your Mac. NOTE The spinning Burn CD icon gives you a clue as to how fast the data is being transferred to the CD that is being recorded. The faster the icon spins, the higher the data transfer rate is achieved. If the icon slows considerably or stops altogether, you might experience errors because data isn't flowing fast enough to keep the CD burning process fed properly. If this happens, quit all applications that might be accessing any disks on your Mac and make sure that you aren't playing any music in iTunes. This will ensure that the maximum amount of system resources is available for the CD burning process. You can also lower the burn speed to reduce the data flow requirements. Doing so will often alleviate this problem. Taking Your Digital Music on the Road with MP3 Players MP3 players are neat because they are really small and can hold the specific music that you want them to. Many are completely RAM-based, which means that they have no moving parts and can never skip. By using the MP3 format, most MP3 players are capable of two or more hours of music and you never have to deal with CDs, which can be a pain when you are on the move. iTunes makes it easy to move music to and from most MP3 players that are available. Picking an MP3 Player There are lots of MP3 players available and explaining all the details associated with these devices is beyond what I have room to cover here. However, the following list provides some guidelines for you: