Tuesday, September 29, 2009

How To Make MP3 CD , Nero Digital Audio CD or WMA CD

The procedure for creating an Audio CD with MP3 files, WMA files, and Nero Digital Audio files differs only when choosing the first category in Nero StartSmart. All further steps will be identical.

This guide explains the procedure for creating an MP3 CD Project.

F.Y.I. You will either need a special MP3 player, WMA player, or NeroDigital Audio player to play a burned MP3, WMA, or NeroDigital Audio disc. Normal audio players without this special file support won't be able to play a MP3 CD, WMA CD, or NeroDigital CD

How to start an MP3 CD:

Click on Make MP3 CD in Nero StartSmart.

How to start a WMA CD:

Click on Make WMA CD in Nero StartSmart.

How to start an Nero Digital Audio CD:

Click on Make Nero Digital Audio CD in Nero StartSmart.

Click the Add button in the My MP3 disc window

Browse for the MP3 files you want to use and highlight them before you click the Add button.

Click the Close button if all MP3 files have been added to the compilation.

(If you create a WMA CD project use WMA files; for a Nero Digital Audio project use Nero Digital Audio files):

Click the Next button to continue.


Select the final burn settings.

(1) Current recorder

Select the recorder you want to use

(2) Insert a Disc name

(3) Select the Writing speed

(4) Write Method

Select either 'Disc-at-once' or 'Track-at-once'.

Use 'Track-at-once' when burning a multisession disc, otherwise always use 'Disc-at-once'.

Disc-at-once: the entire CD/DVD is written in one go without deactivating the laser.

Track-at-once: every track is written individually, the laser is turned off after every track.

(5) Determine maximum speed

A speed test is performed before recording.

Nero will determine the safest maximum speed for burning your disc.

(6) Simulation

A simulation burn will be performed to check if the disc is ready.

No data is actually written on the disc.

(7) Write

Starts the actual physical burning process.

(8) Finalize disc

The disc will be closed after burning. No further data can be added to the disc later.

(9) Select the Number of copies

(10) Allow files to be added later

Creates a multisession disc.

Further data can be added to the disc later. The disc will not be finalized.

Refer to the Nero Express manual for further details about creating multisession discs.

F.Y.I. Multisessions discs might not be readable for some MP3 players !

(11) Verify data on disc after burning

Nero compares the burned files on the disc bit by bit with the original files on the hard drive.

Click the Burn button to start the burning process.


Nero will open the following window if it does not detect a blank CD-R or CD-RW medium in the recorder drive.

Insert a blank disc. Nero will detect the disc and will start the burning process automatically. ( Do not click the Cancel button !)

Follow the status of the burning process in this window:

(1) Process status

Progress bar of the burning process.

The burning process has been completed successfully.

Click the OK button to continue.


Click the Next button to finish the burning process.

Select one of the following options to finish the MP3 CD burning process.

(1) start new project

(2) make labels,

(3) save the CD project to your hard drive

(4) Exit Nero Express.


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