ITunes is a popular method of both downloading and burning music as of 2015. The iTunes store continuously offers free music, and the iTunes program is capable of burning CDs of downloaded music. Other places to get free music include Amazon.com, MP3.com, FreeMusicArchive.org and SoundCloud.com, among others.
Other than iTunes and Windows Media Player, freeware sites, such as Gizmo's, have a variety of other free CD burning programs. ImgBurn allows burning of every optical disc format as well as rewriting CDs and making CDs from a variety of different file types. BurnAware Free also claims to support every optical media type, including double-layer discs. It verifies files and can use unicode text for CDs.
CDBurnerXP simulates a popular paid burning program called Nero. It has a layout that resembles that burning software but also allows CD ripping and finding track information on the Internet. CDBurnerXP also supports a variety of optical formats and double-layer.
Amazon.com and iTunes are two of the biggest music download sites, but most of their offerings cost money. MP3.com typically offers individual songs in various formats, and FreeMusicArchive.org offers a variety of current popular hits. Jamendo.com offers around 40,000 artists and includes entire albums to download. SoundCloud.com has a variety of popular music, but songs can also be posted illegally.