Converting Audio Tapes to CD, part 2

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Question: How can I convert audio tapes to CDs (Part II)?

The IT Guy says:
Now that you, hopefully, have converted your audio tapes to MP3 files, you need to burn them to a CD. While there are many different programs you can use for this purpose, for this article I'm going to describe how to use the iTunes program, since it is free, widely used, and works on Windows and Macs.

First, you will need to import the songs into iTunes. To do this, go to File and select Add to Library. Go the folder where you saved your songs, which would be the My Music folder on a Windows computer or Music folder on the Mac if you followed my directions from last week. Look for the songs under the names you gave them last week. To import them all at once, click once on the first song, and then hold down the Shift key and click on the last song. All of the songs should be selected, so then click Choose.

Once the songs are in the library, you should see them all grouped together in the window. (If you don't, click on the top of the Name column so that the songs are sorted alphabetically, and then look for your songs.) Using the same Shift key trick to select all the songs, click once on the first song and then hold down the Shift key and click on the last song. They should all be highlighted.

Now go to the File menu and select New Playlist from Selection. A new, untitled playlist will appear in the panel on the left part of the screen. The name "untitled" will be highlighted, so you can just type in the name of the album or whatever name you want to give to this group of songs.

Once you have your songs into a playlist, there is only once step left. Go back to the File menu and select Burn Playlist to Disc. iTunes will prompt you to put a blank CD into the CD drive, and will then create your audio CD.

Yes, it is a lot of steps. If the music is still available as a CD or can be purchased online, it may be worth the money to just buy a new copy. But for out-of-print music or old family audio recordings, this may be the only way to move them into the 21st Century. Thanks for your question, and good luck with your project!

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