Purchase and install a CD-R/RW drive. You'll also need to get your hands on either a CD-R or a CD-RW disc. The difference between the two is simple: CD-R means permanent, whereas CD-RW means rewriteable. Both can be created with the same CD-ROM drive, but only CD-Rs will play on a standard stereo. For this project, we recommend CD-RW, since the goal is computer playback.
Collect the MP3s you want to use in one folder, then right-click the folder and choose Properties. Make sure the file size is under 650MB, which is the most music you can fit.
Save a playlist that contains every song in the folder into that same folder (in Winamp, hit the PL button, choose Add Dir, and select the folder you want to put all the MP3s in). You might then randomize the playlist (in Winamp, go to PL/Misc/Sort List and select Randomize List). For more information on creating playlists with other programs, see the help file that comes with your MP3 player software. However you create the playlist file, make sure you burn it on the CD along with the MP3s.
Open the software that came with your CD burner and choose data CD, not audio CD, as the style of burning, since you're creating a CD full of
MP3s to play on your computer rather than a RedBook audio CD.
Select everything in the MP3 folder in question (including the playlist or M3U file that you created) to be burned.
Commence burning and step away from your machine; it's got to do all the work now. Pressing buttons or using another application will only help screw things up. When it's finished churning, delete those now-archived MP3 files from your hard drive to create more space, and label the CD case so that you know what the thing is.