Best Free CD Burning Software

Programs for copying, ripping, and burning

CD burners help you use and store more media. Tom Grill / Getty Images

You have probably discovered that most  software media players are very limited on what they can do. Using a dedicated burning program gives you the flexibility to burn music, video, and other types of files to CD, DVD, and even Blu-ray.

Burning media in this way can open up a lot more possibilities for using and storing your digital media. The software listed below has been selected specifically for its usefulness and ease-of-use when dealing with digital media. 

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CDBurnerXP has very good support for burning to several types of optical media discs including DVD, CD, and Blu-ray. You can burn music to CD as either an audio CD or a data CD (MP3, AAC, OGG, etc.). It can be installed on most versions of Windows and offers a user-friendly interface.

You can create audio CDs using MP3, OGG, FLAC, WMA, and WAV files. A neat feature of CDBurnerXP is the facility to directly add tracks to your compilation from audio CDs without having to rip the tracks first. Finally, this free burning software program also comes with a convenient integrated audio player in order to play your music.​ More »

Even though Burning Studio Free only supports MP3 and WMA formats, it more than makes up for this shortfall by its sizeable feature set. This free burning program supports CD, DVD, and Blu-ray drives giving you flexible storage options.

Its intuitive interface gives you access to tasks such as ripping and burning audio/data CDs, backup files and folders, burn movies, create ISO/BIN images, and a copier for duplicating CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs. More »

Available for the Windows operating systems, BurnAware Free is an optical disc authoring program that supports CD, DVD, and Blu-ray; it can handle a wide array of audio formats too. This light-weight, but functional program supports MP3, WMA, FLAC, AAC, WAV, OGG, and M4a.

If you've got files in the ISO format, then this program also supports disk image burning to DVD, CD, etc. The program is also capable of creating video DVDs which can then be played on a standard DVD player or games console (Xbox One, PS4, etc.) for example. More »

If you just want a simple program to create audio CDs, you won’t go far wrong with Free Audio CD Burner. Even though it only supports the writing of CDs, it can decode MP3 and WMA files in real time, thus saving time and hard drive space. More »