1. CD Recorder/Writer Drive
Most new computer come with a CD Recorder (also called CD Burner or CD Writer) inside the box. If you don't have CD Recorder hardware installed already, you can have a new drive installed into your computer.
2. Audio/Music CD Recording Software
Your CD recorder will come with some multi-purpose recording software which may be able to create audio CDs, however, usually this software is too technical and difficult to learn and use.
If you want to try a simple to use, yet powerful software product, CDBURNER.CA recommends Acoustica MP3 CD Burner.
3. MP3 Music
There are two different ways to get your music. The first method allows you to copy your MP3s from your audio CD music library. This involves getting a program called a "CD Ripper" which extracts the music from the CD and puts it onto your computer. You can try using AudioConvert or AltoMP3 Maker to rip your CDs into MP3s or WAV files.
The second method is to download MP3s from file sharing programs such as Bearshare, Limewire, or Imesh.
4. Blank CD-R Discs
You need to make sure that you purchase blank CD-Rs. (Blank CD-RWs will not be compatible with most stereo systems.) Also, make sure to purchase "name" brand CD-R discs as not all discs are made equally. Usually "no name" discs are not of the same quality as "name" brands.
5. Label your freshly burnt CD
Use a felt tip pen (such as a Sharpie) to write on the CD. Using a normal pen
can ruin the CD and cause it to be unplayable. If you prefer pretty colors and patterns, we
recommend using Acoustica CD Label Maker to quickly and easily make your CD and jewel case labels for your audio CD.
Courtesy of http://www.cdburner.ca