Brasero

The opposite of CD ripping is CD burning. Burning a CD is the process of taking audio files from your workstation and using them to create an audio CD. With burning you can mix and match songs from various CDs, or even downloaded songs, and place them on a single audio CD that you can play on any audio CD player.

Ubuntu uses the Brasero CD-burning software for creating audio CDs. Brasero is a full-featured CD-burning software package that can create both audio and data CDs.

Be careful when you create your audio CD because you don't want to create a data CD of the audio files by mistake. Although some newer CD players can recognize and play data CDs, most older CD players, such as boom boxes and some car CD players, won't.

Just follow these steps to burn an audio CD from your audio files:

1. Start Brasero by selecting Applications O Sound & Video O Brasero Disc Burning from the Panel menu.

2. Click the Audio Project button. The Brasero package is a full-featured package that can create data CDs as well as create backups of CDs and CD image files. (Make sure that you select the Audio Project button to create an audio CD.) Figure 11-11 shows the main Brasero window.

Create a new project:

Choose from the following options

Create a new project:

Choose from the following options

Disc copy

Create 1:1 copy of a CD/DVD

Disc copy

Create 1:1 copy of a CD/DVD

Choose a recently opened project;

No recently used project

Figure 11-11: The Brasero main window.

Select the audio files to burn onto the CD. The left side of the window contains a browsing area where you can find and select the audio files to burn. Double-click a file to transfer it to the CD list in the main window. The bar at the bottom of the window provides a graphical indication of how much space is available on the CD after you add each audio file, as shown in Figure 11-12.

Figure 11-12: The Brasero New Audio Disc Project window.

4. Click the Burn button. The CD-burning process may take some time, depending on how many audio files you're burning and how fast your CD burner is.

5. Remove the CD from the tray and test it on another CD player.

You should be careful about what's running on your workstation while Brasero burns your audio files onto the CD. Brasero uses a buffering technique to ensure that a steady stream of data is provided while burning the CD, but if anything interrupts the stream of data, the CD will be ruined. It's usually best to close all other desktop applications while burning a new CD.

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