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How do you burn a CD within iTunes?

I want to be able to burn some music to a CD, but I just can't find the option.

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Select a bunch of songs, pick File → New Playlist from Selection, name it, and pick File → Burn Playlist to Disc.

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The easier way to do this is to create the playlist first without any songs, then you have the ability to drag songs into the playlist, this is much better if you have to scroll through thousands of songs, or use search. – Graeme Hutchison Feb 16 '12 at 9:00
Where is this function within iTunes 11? I don't see this menu entry. – daniel Azuelos Feb 2 '14 at 22:24
The first part is now File → New → Playlist from Selection, and the second is still File → Burn Playlist to Disc. – Sören Kuklau Feb 2 '14 at 23:32

As Sören says, you cannot arbitrarily pick a selection of songs and burn them in one step, you can only burn a playlist. This does give you the opportunity to ensure that the total length will fit on your disc at least, but it does seem a little pointless.

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It's similarly impossible to double-click on a song and have just that song play: I have to create a playlist with just one song every single time to do so (or manage my "One Song" playlist by adding the one I want to hear and deleting whatever was in there before). iTunes is very playlist-centric in a way that makes some things much harder than it seems like they should be. – Matthew Frederick Aug 16 '11 at 2:33
Very true, and yet in others it's also very single track centric, especially where is concerns albums that have multiple artists - sure we've all have the "12 albums of the same name" problem before now. Split personality, I'm hoping for an overhaul soon that concentrates on Music, and moves the Apps/books/Sync stuff etc out somewhere else to help them concentrate on what it should be used for! – stuffe Aug 16 '11 at 10:11

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