So you can transfer your Apple Music songs to an audio, MP3 or data CD with your Mac and without third-party apps

They may not be as fashionable as they were a few years ago, but music in CD format and even on DVD has its fans and unconditional supporters and in fact, sales are up again. Streaming platforms, see Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music or Apple Music (to name the three best known) have ended up cornering the record towers we have at home. The curious thing and something that perhaps you do not know, is that with Apple Music you can create your own music CDs with the content you have listed.

With the help of the Mac you can create your own CDs and DVDs with the “Music” app and without having to use third-party tools. You’ll just need a recorder, an Apple Music subscription (of course), and a blank CD or DVD to burn your songs to.

Your streaming music in CD format


The process is very simple and just go into the “Music” app on your Mac and search for a playlist that you have created or create a playlist in which to store the songs that you are going to record on the disc later.

Once the list is created, you must click on “To see how” and then make sure that the “Songs” that you want to burn to the CD appear with the checked symbol. If the boxes do not appear next to the songs, we can make them appear by entering “Preferences” in the app “Music” and then inside “General” checking that the option “Checkboxes in song list” is selected.

We connect a CD’s or DVD’s recorder to the equipment and within the playlist that we want to use and with the songs duly marked click on the three points that appear in the middle of the screen and we choose the option “Burn playlist to disc”. If you don’t see this option, it means that the selected list cannot be burned to disc because it contains items with usage restrictions.

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from that point we can select up to three formats disk:

  • CD de audio
  • CD de MP3
  • Disc of records

If you are going to create an audio CD you can change the recording speed in the dropdown menu with speeds from 1X to the maximum possible. In addition you can choose pause time between songs and set a setting for that all the songs on the disc are played at the same volume. In some cases, you can even check the “Include CD Text” section so that the disc players in some vehicles can display song information.

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CD de MP3

Along with the audio format you can also choose between create an MP3 CDwith what this implies of a greater number of songs that can enter or a data disc, taking into account that these discs save all the files of a playlist and may not be readable in all players.

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Once the method is chosen, all that remains is to click on record and the process can take several minutes. You can use a CD or a DVD and if the available space runs out, the system warns us to insert another disc and thus continue recording the remaining items.


In addition and to finish the process, you can create your own cover. To do so you must select a playlist and then with the combination “Command + P” to select “CD cover”. The playlist will be printed in cover format although you can also print a list of the songs, of the different covers… you just have to choose the option that most interests you from the drop-down menu.

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