Burn a CD or DVD in Windows Media Player

Here are answers to some common questions about burning CDs or DVDs in Windows Media Player.

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What types of CDs or DVDs can I burn?

  • CD. You can use either a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc for burning in the Player, depending on the type(s) of removable storage that your CD burner supports, and the type of disc that you prefer. Note that not all CD players can play CD-RW discs. You can use the Player to burn the following types of CDs:

    • Audio CD. Burn music CDs in standard Red Book audio format. Audio CDs can be played in most computers and in home and car CD players that play CD-R and CD-RW discs. You can burn an audio CD from either Windows Media Audio (WMA), MP3, M4A, or WAV file formats.

    • Data CD. A data CD, also called a media CD, can store approximately 700 megabytes (MB) of music or video files. Data CDs are also useful if you want to back up your data files. Keep in mind, however, that some CD players and computers may not be able to play data CDs or some of the file types that can be burned to a data CD.

  • Data DVD. A single-sided, single-layered data DVD can store approximately 4.7 gigabytes (GB) of music, video, or data files. The storage capacity of a DVD disc is doubled to 9.4 GB when you use either double-sided, single-layered discs or single-sided, dual-layered discs. The use of a double-sided, dual-layered disc quadruples the DVD's storage capacity to 18.8 GB.

    The type of recordable DVD disc you would use depends on your DVD burner. Certain DVD burners can only burn to certain types of recordable DVDs. For example, with some DVD burners, you can only record to a DVD+R or DVD+RW or to a DVD-R or DVD-RW. However, other DVD burners will let you burn to all of these recordable DVD types. To determine what types of DVDs your DVD burner can burn, consult the manual that came with your DVD burner.

    As long as your DVD burner supports burning to these types of discs, you can burn a DVD in the Player using one of the following types of recordable or re-recordable DVD media: DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, and double-layered DVD+R. The Player does not support burning to DVD-RAM discs.

    Burning DVD-Audio and DVD-Video discs is not supported in the Player.

What is a data disc? Is that the same as an MP3 disc?

Yes. A data CD or DVD is a disc that contains data files, including, but not limited to, WMA files, MP3 files, WMV files, and most other types of computer files. However, while most computers do support reading and accessing files from data discs, most stand-alone CD and DVD players don't support playback of data CD or DVD discs. Check your stand-alone disc player's documentation for details.

Can I burn the contents of one disc, such as a music CD, a data CD, or a data DVD, directly to another disc using the Player?

No. Windows Media Player requires that content intended to be burned to discs be first stored on the computer's hard disk.

How do I burn music to a portable music player device?

The process of copying songs to a portable device is called syncing. The term "burning" only applies to copying songs to a CD or DVD. For more information on how to sync music to portable devices, see Windows Media Player sync: frequently asked questions.

How can I burn movies to a DVD?

Windows Media Player does not support burning movies to video DVD discs. It does support burning data DVD discs, which could contain music and video files. However, data DVDs are typically not compatible with most home DVD players. Check your DVD player documentation for details.

How do I add or remove gaps between songs on the audio CDs that I burn?

You can add a two-second gap between songs when burning audio CDs to keep the next song from beginning immediately after the end of the previous song. You can also burn CDs without the gaps.

To change settings for adding or removing gaps between songs, do the following:

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.
    If the Player is currently open and you’re in Now Playing mode, click the Switch to Library button Picture of the Switch to Library button in the upper-right corner of the Player.
  2. In the Player Library, click the Burn tab.

  3. Click the Burn options button Picture of the Options button, and then click More burn options.
  4. Do one of the following:

    • If you don't want two-second gaps between each song on audio CDs that you burn, select the Burn CD without gaps check box.

    • If you want two-second gaps between each song on audio CDs that you burn, clear the Burn CD without gaps check box.


  • Unauthorized use and/or duplication of copyrighted material may be a violation of copyright law in the United States and/or other countries/regions. Copyrighted material includes, but is not limited to, software, documentation, graphics, lyrics, photographs, clipart, animations, movie and video clips, as well as sound and music (including when MP3 encoded). Violation of U.S. and international copyright laws may subject you to significant civil and/or criminal penalties.

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