My main burning software currently is BurnAware Free.
Warning: At the end of the setup it offers to install WinZip and 360 Total Security. Just click on Decline, or you can accept.
The interface is pretty straightforward. You make an Audio CD and an MP3 Disc the same way. I’m assuming here you already have a source for MP3 files.
Pros and Cons
The advantage of an audio CD is its compatibility with most CD players. On the other hand, an MP3 disk can hold more songs but your CD player must be compatible with the MP3 format for it to work.
How It Works
So, click on either the Audio CD icon or MP3 Disc– in this case an MP3 Disc.
In the next window drag and drop your music files in or click the green Add files button at the top of the program window.
If you want to burn multiple copies, click on Compilation in the top-left menu, then Options.
In the Number of copies box, click on the up-arrow to adjust accordingly, then click OK.
Once you start adding files, you’ll see the Estimated size on disc towards the bottom starts turning blue in proportion to how much space is left on the disc.
When you make an audio CD, you have to go by the number of minutes. A standard CD can handle 80 minutes of songs. If you add too many songs, the estimate icon turns red and you’ll have to delete a song or two to confirm.
I have a folder with 20 songs and when I copy them over to make an Audio CD I end up with only 6 minutes left, so I could slip in another six-minute song.
If I copy the files to an MP3 disc, I have 482 MB free. I copied the same files over and over until the CD icon filled up and managed 77 songs with 3 MB to spare. These numbers are going to vary depending on the quality (or Bitrate) of the songs. A lower quality Bitrate would allow for smaller files and more songs to be squeezed onto the disc.
Then, just click on the Burn button (red circle in the top left-hand corner). With an MP3 disc, you can also experiment with a DVD. And that’s it.