How To Burn an Apple Lossless Music File


What other ways in Windows (besides iTunes) can I burn an Apple Lossless (ALAC) file to an Audio CD?

Roxio does not support it.

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If it's smaller than 700 megs burn it to a data CD it retains the current format.
But what players support it?
Burning an audio CD converts it to CDA
With your Roxio choose CD then Data CD.
I use Nero so cant show you Roxio please refer to your manual or use this  for Roxio 2010
Click the “Add” button on the main toolbar and select the “Files” option. Navigate through your folders, select your preferred data file and click “Open.” Insert a blank CD into your computer's disc drive. Click the green right arrow button at the bottom of the screen to burn the data file to disc.
How to Copy a Data File to a CD Using Roxio
This is illustrated with pictures
Copying files to a CD using Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 9
If you just want to transport it elsewhere use a USB stick flash pen
Why do you not burn an audio CD with iTunes?
What Windows OS do you have?
I guess you do not want to buy Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 9

You can burn an audio CD to play in a CD player with the free Roxio Easy Media Creator (DirectX 9 and Windows Media Player 10 or higher required)
You can also burn an audio CD to play in a CD player with Windows Media Player 10 or higher or use the free third party software iCoolPlayer
Computer Guy

You have been very specific in that you want to burn an "Audio CD".  When you refer to "Roxio" and its non-support of ALAC formatted audio files (presumably inside *.M4A containers), could you tell us exactly what version of Roxio software you have installed and what date it was last updated.  This is curiosity more than anything, because at one time this was a proprietary audio file format that was unlikely to have been supported by any mainstream CD burning software prior to around 2012.  I have just looked at my "Roxio Easy CD and DVD Burning" version 9.0 (from around 2008) and it does not support the importing of *.M4A files to burn Audio CDs, and even if it did I am sure that it wouldn't have the Apple Lossless Decoder to convert the content to Audio CD format.

As I understand it, Apple kept ALAC as a proprietary format from 2004 until 2011 when it "opened up" and made the codec available as open source and royalty-free.  This obviously gave free burning programs like CDBurnerXP the opportunity to support the format ( and other software to use the open source "libavcodec" (

There have been quite a few fairly similarly named Roxio titles over the years, but it seems like the post 2011 versions of "Easy CD and DVD Burning" and "Easy CD and DVD Creator" suites DO support burning from the ALAC format.

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Computer GuyAuthor Commented:
I am using nx4 and it does not support it
Doesn't support what Computer Guy?
Have you considered my suggestion of burning a data cd?
Thank you Computer Guy
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