If you find yourself swamped with music playlists and you are suddenly overcome with the urge to burn them for back up, then you are lucky because iTunes can help you out with that! Follow these steps to burn a DVD of a playlist in iTunes:
- Select the iTunes playlist that you want to burn. Open iTunes on your computer and then click on the playlist that you want to burn. If you want to create a new one, go to File menu, select ‘New Playlist’, and just drag and drop songs from your library to the playlist. You can also rearrange the order of the songs on the playlist by clicking and dragging it to where you want it placed.
- Choose the correct burn setting. Once you are done arranging the music playlist, insert your blank DVD in the disk drive, click on the ‘Burn Disc’ button at the bottom of the iTunes window and the ‘Burn Settings’ window will appear on your screen. You are presented with three options: (1) Audio CD which will produce a CD that can be played on any CD player; (2) MP3 CD which will save the songs in MP3 format, allowing you to burn about 150 songs in the CD, which can also be played in a CD player that reads MP3 format; and (3) Data CD or DVD which will burn ALL the songs in your playlist no matter what the file type is. In this article we will choose option three which is the best option for backing up your iTunes library because a DVD can hold up to three times worth of Audio CD. Put a mark on the ‘Data CD or DVD’ radio button and click ‘Burn’.
- Wait for iTunes to complete the burning session. The burning progress window will appear in iTunes and you may have to wait for a few minutes for it to be complete. Make sure to close other active programs in your computer to aid in the burning process. Once it is done, you will see a CD icon appear in the iTunes Source list. Click on the ‘Eject’ icon at the bottom right of the Source list.
Remember that the DVD burning option in iTunes will burn a back up copy of your playlist. The name of the CD will depend on the name of your playlist so if you want a different name, change it before the start of the burning process. The DVD you have burned will only work in computers with a DVD drive.