I was wondering how to convert mp3’s to normal audio cd format, so that they can be read in a cd player instead of through the computer only. Is there a program I can download somewhere?

Use Nero and in the wizard just select Audio CD

That’s an option… and if you want it done totally for free then grab Winamp , select the DiskWriter plugin , make .wav files of your media (wether its .mp3 .ogg or whatever winamp supports).

Then get your already purchased writer software (i think almost any software will do) and start writing those .wav files as audio cd tracks.

there is also a little tool called; alltowave

it will make waves from mp3 so you can burn it as audio cd.
but as said before most burner programs can do it on the fly

(eac + lame is a good option)