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Five Top CD Burning Packages

According to recent magazine surveys and the influential cdmediaworld.com website, top CD burning software programs include the items listed in Table 1. All but one of these programs is shareware, and none costs over $100 whether purchased retail or online.

Table 1: Top 5 CD Burning Software Packages

Product

Company

Version

Price

CloneCD

Elaborate Bytes

4.0.1.6

$37.10/43.771

Easy CD Creator

Roxio

5.1.0.104

$79.95/99.952

Nero Burning ROM

Ahead Software

5.5.8.2

$49.00/$78.003

CDRWIN

Golden Hawk

3.8G

$39.003

DiscJuggler

Padus, Inc.

4.01.986

$39.00/59.004


Table 2 lists common features in matrix format for easy comparison.

Table 2: Basic Features for CD Burning Packages

Feature

CloneCD

EasyCD

Nero

CDRWIN

DJ

Basic CD formats

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Basic DVD formats

N

Y

Y

N

Y

Basic Audio capabilities

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Basic Multimedia capabilities

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

MP3 built-in

N

Y

N5

Y

Y

Copy CD to image

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Write CD from image

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

CD Copy

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Copy track-at-once

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Copy session-at-once

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y


With a CD burner and one of these packages on your PC, you'll have everything you need to start recording files, music, and some multimedia on CD. There's a lot involved in learning how to do these tasks, so look for future stories to cover these topics and more. In the meantime, you can get started building your own backups, file archives, and music discs right away!

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