How to Burn a CD on a Mac

Today CD have a retro feel to them. There are still many things that a CD can be used for and times when a person may have to burn them using a Mac computer. CD can be used to backup files or to store audio. No special burning software is needed on the Mac. This feature is built into the macOS. All a person has to do is find the music or the files that they want to burn and they are ready to go. CDs can be used to backup information to keep it safe. A person can still listen to music on CDs in their car or on another CD player.

Burning Music Files

To burn an audio CD on a Mac you need to make a playlist in the iTunes programs of song to be transferred to the disk. Rick click on the screen and click the Burn Playlist to Disc option. It will take a couple of minutes for the songs to be transferred to the CD. There is nothing extra that has to be done.

Burning Data Files

Burning a CD with data on it is easy as well. All a person has to do is make a folder with the files they want to put on the disc. Once they have all of this information in the folder they will right click on the folder and select Burn Folder to Disc. Within a couple of minutes this information will be saved on the disc.

Equipment Needed

In order to burn information from the Mac into a CD a person is going to need to make sure that the computer has an optical drive that is able to burn discs. The newer Mac computers do not come with these drives. A person is going to have to purchase this external unit and it will need to be connected to the Mac before anything can be burnt.

Best Burners

Raxio Toast – This is one of the best CD burners that was designed for Mac. This program will be able to burn just about any data source from the Mac to a CD. It will be able to copy audio from microphones and the quality will be clear. This burner has the ability to edit programs as well. A person can enhance the material before they burn it and they can also optimize the audio so it can be played on an iPhone or an iPAd. There are many functions that can be performed on this burner. The Raxio Toast has software that is free to install on the Mac. A person can download the software from the NCH website and they can update it as needed. The free version of this program is enough to meet the needs of most users.

Using a Mac to burn data or music onto a CD is simple and easy. There is no additional software that needs to be purchased to run the CD burner. If a person does not have a CD burner already installed on the computer they are going to have to add one. The basic capabilities are already found on the Mac operating system. A person does not have to pay extra money for a CD burning program. The one that comes standard on the Mac computer works very well.