ImgBurn is one of the most popular free disc burning application that I have been using for quite long time. It is a great burning tool that covers most of the burning needs with 4 ez-modes out of the box, from creating image files from disc or files/folders to burning discs using these image files.
But, did you notice that it doesn’t offer an easy way to burn an audio CD from your MP3 library that can be played on all CD-Players on the market? Even though nowadays, a lot of modern CD-Players on the market can play music CD as well as MP3 discs, there are still a lot of legacy players out there that only plays those traditional CDs. If you still find yourself from time to time having the needs to burn an audio CD and like to use ImgBurn, this quick tutorial is just for you.
Although ImgBurn doesn’t offer an ez-mode that lets you burn an audio CD easily, you can do so by creating a cue sheet from the list of music files you want to use first. And here is how:
To create a Cue file
1. Go to Tools, and Create Cue…
2. Add a list of music files from the little file folder icon.
After a few seconds, all tracks are added into the list.
3. Optionally to add the proper CD-Text.
It’s probably a good idea of having the proper CD-Text burnt with the disc. If the music files have all the info included, simply highlight the Session 1, and select Tag as the CD-Text option.
4. Click OK, and select a location to save the CUE file.
It’s worth noting that since a CUE file is just merely a plain text file that has all the tracks information in it we don’t it doesn’t require copying or moving the physical music files. As long as you keep these music files at where they are you can use the same CUE file to burn the CDs later on.
To burn an audio CD
1. Select Write image file to disc from the ez-mode.
2. Select the CUE file just created above.
3. Click the burn icon once it’s available to start burning.
That’s it. It’s actually not bad at all.
Note that the same procedure works not only MP3 format files, but also other supported file format as well, e.g. AAC, APE, FLAC, WAV, WMA, etc..