It will depend on the type of Optical Drive the laptop has.
- CD, reads and plays cds
- CD-RW, reads and plays cds and burns to CDs
- DVD, reads and plays cds and dvds
- CD/DVD-RW, reads and plays cds and dvds and burns to cds and dvds
I think it may be best to have all your music tracks as MP3s or you will have problems playing them back on anything other than a computer.
For music I use the free program CDBurnerXP and choose 'Audio Disc' from the menu click here program will detect your cd drive and tell you if any problem. Have a look at the screenshots link (at top on the green strip menu).
Dell manual, doesn't say what sort of optical drive is fitted but here are the manuals for your laptop click here