As more computers are produced without CD/DVD drives, you may be left wondering, “Where can I burn a CD?” There are places that burn CDs for you, such as some office and shipping chains. Local businesses specializing in audio digitizing services may also be able to help. For the list of places that burn CDs for you, see below.
Where Can I Burn a CD?
It wasn’t too long ago that CD/DVD drives came standard on desktop and laptop computers, but such drives have begun to disappear from newer computer models. To burn a CD, you may need to use an external drive or find a place that burns CDs for you — like the ones listed below.
Some local businesses offer CD-burning services. We found businesses like Digital Revolution (San Francisco, Calif.), Digital Pickle (Austin, Texas), and HB Media Solutions (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). To find a local business near you, search for “(city name) audio digitizing services.” For pricing information, contact the business directly.
Office Supply Stores
Office supply stores like Staples and Office Depot & OfficeMax may be able to help. None of these chains specifically mention CD or DVD burning on their websites, but when we called individual store locations, we found that some stores do burn CDs.
For example, when we reached out to Staples locations in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, all of the Florida stores said they burn CDs (the stores we contacted in Georgia and South Carolina do not). Where available, the service costs about $10 per CD. It was much the same with Office Depot locations in Alabama and North Carolina. A few stores in each state said they could burn a CD for about $5 per CD. Contact your nearest Staples or Office Depot & OfficeMax to find out if it offers CD-duplication services.
A number of public libraries and college libraries offer CD-burning services. Larger public libraries often have “maker labs” or recording studios. And some libraries, such as the library at the College of Charleston, may even let you check out an external CD/DVD drive to use at home. Try searching online for “(county name) library” and phrases such as “creation station,” “creative lab,” “creative studio,” “creative space,” and “recording studio.” There may be a nominal fee and you’ll likely need to bring your own blank CDs.