There are a number of settings you can customize to make burning in Windows Media Player work better for you.

  1. Click the arrow below the Burn tab, and then click More Options.

  2. Make one or more of the following changes:

    • Burn speed. It is not usually necessary to adjust the burn speed unless you are having problems burning; in that case reducing the burn speed might correct the problem. This setting applies to all burners that you use with your computer.

    • Automatically eject the disc after burning. Select this check box if you want CDs to be ejected automatically after they are burned.

    • Apply volume leveling across tracks on the CD. If you are burning songs that were originally recorded at different volume levels, select this check box to minimize the volume differences between the songs on audio CDs that you burn. Doing so helps you to avoid having to adjust the volume as you play the CD.

    • Add a list of all burned files to the disc in this format. When burning a data disc, the Player creates a playlist that lists the files being burned and then includes the playlist on the disc. If your playback device supports playlists, the items will play back in the order in which they appeared in your burn list. By default, the playlist is a file with a .wpl extension. If you want to play your data discs in a device that doesn't support .wpl playlists, you can use the .m3u format instead.

    • Use media information to arrange burned files in folders on the data disc. Select this option if you want to organize files burned to data CDs or DVDs into the following folders: \Music\Artist\Album, \TV, \Video, and \Picture (this folder will include a portion of the original path of the file as well). If album and album artist media information is missing from the files, they will be stored in folders titled Unknown Artist\Unknown Album. To prevent this from happening, make sure the files contain album and album artist information before burning. If necessary, you can add or edit the media information for the files. If you don't select this option, all of the burned files are stored together in the root folder of the disc.

    • Fit more music on the disc by converting to a lower bit rate. If you want to fit more files onto a data CD or DVD, you can convert the files to a smaller size before burning. In addition to being converted to a smaller size, files that are in MP3 or WAV format will also be converted to WMA format. If you burn any files that are at or below the bit rate you specify, the files will not be converted. Note that the time required for burning will increase when you convert files, and that the audible audio quality may be diminished.


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