Betty Lou from WV sent in a question after having issues with burning music CDs in Windows 8, wondering why her disc would play in a computer but not on a separate CD player.
The most likely issue to cause that particular problem is that the music files were burned as a data disc, rather than as an audio disc. What’s the difference? A data disc acts like a hard drive, USB flash drive, floppy disc etc. – it’s a collection of data you can view or transfer. While you can open your burned MP3 or WMA files with music playing software on your computer, they won’t typically play on any other device, like a CD player, game console, or discman (for those of you who remember a time before the almighty MP3 player).
An audio disc on the other hand actually formats the files specifically for play back on audio devices. Due to this formatting process, audio discs can’t hold as large a volume of music files, but they can play through equipment like your car stereo. To burn an audio CD you need to use a program other than the built-in Windows CD burning tool that you might normally use (pictured below).
Thankfully, Windows 8 already comes with a separate program that makes audio CD burning a snap – Windows Media Player.
After putting in your blank CD-R, navigate to the “Burn” tab at the top-right end of the program. If you already have a playlist saved you can simply import it by clicking the button.
Otherwise you simply need to click and drag the specific audio files you want to burn over to the panel on the right side, at which point the pointer will display the message “Add To Burn List.”
Alternatively, you can right-click the name of an album if you don’t want to drag and drop each individual song and click “Add To” and then “Burn List.”
Click the “Start Burn” button underneath the “Play” tab to burn your files as an audio disc.
If for some reason you don’t have Windows Media Player on your computer, you can easily download any number of free audio CD burning tools right here.
~ Ty Arthur