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Burn virtual audio CD with iTunes 7 and Phantom Burner

Create a new CD image

Start Phantom Burner

 

Switch to the "Operations" tab.

 

Click on the "Create" button.

Phantom Burner will prompt you for the location of the disc image file.

 

Make sure the "disc type" is set to "CD-R".

Since we are burning an audio CD, we can ignore the "Convert data track to ISO format" option. The "Convert audio track to WAV format" option tells Phantom Burner to convert each audio track to an uncompressed WAV file. With this option enabled, Phantom Burner essentially becomes an audio format converter. Your burner software may support its own audio formats. When you burn to a virtual audio CD and convert to WAV files, the burner software's own format is converted to WAV.

If this option is not checked, Phantom Burner will create the image as its own "VDD" format.

Enter the disc image file name and click "Save".


Launch iTunes 

Install iTunes and launch the application. 

Select Burner 

(Note, the burner selection is in the preference dialog in iTunes 7. In iTunes 8, you will select the burner when you click the "Burn" button.)

Select "Edit | Preference..." menu to get to the Preference dialog. 

 

Select "Advanced" tab, and then select "Burning" tab.

Select "PHNTMBLT PHANTOM BURNER" as the CD Burner. 

New Playlist 

Create a new playlist by select "File | New Playlist" menu. 

 

Give the playlist a name. 

 

Drag the tracks you want to burn from the library (or other playlists) to the new playlist you created for burning. 

 

Click "Burn Disc" button on the bottom of iTunes. 

 

(Note, in iTunes 8, iTunes will prompt you to select the burner here, instead of in the Preference dialog.) 

 

iTunes will start burning the CD. 

 

When the burning finishes, you will see the CD under "Devices" in the left panel in iTunes. 

 

Click the Eject icon on the right of the CD. 

Mount virtual audio CD

As the disc is burned successfully, now we can mount the virtual disc in Windows Explorer, like a regular audio CD.

Go to Phantom Burner dialog again.

 

If you used a real burner, you will have to eject the disc first, then mount it. It is the same with Phantom Burner.

First, click the "Eject" button to eject the "disc".

Then click "Mount Last Image"  to mount the image we juse created.

Now, when you go back to Windows Explorer, you will see the CD available. You can double-click to see its content.

 

Just like a regular audio CD, you can play it in any of the media players, like Windows Media Player, iTunes, WinAmp, or Real Player. You can rip it to any format of your choice, with WMP, iTunes, or any other software which supports ripping.

 

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