rev. 24 January 2009

cdrtfe (cdrtools frontend)
License: Open Source
Description: A powerful tool for advanced users, this frontend to cdrtools can do just about everything, even though it doesn’t have a slick interface like some of its competitors.
CDBurnerXP ProCDBurnerXP Pro
License: Freeware
Description: While perhaps not as full-featured as the industry standard, Nero, this free burning program can provides basic burning capabilities (data discs, audio discs, boot discs, burning from images, etc) for the user who doesn’t want to shell out $50 for professional software. The next major version release will require the .NET 2.0 platform.
Infra RecorderInfraRecorder
License: Open Source
Description: InfraRecorder is a new Windows frontend to classic commandline utilities like cdrdao. Though still early in development, it sports a really slick interface and support for a variety of different burning options (dual-layer dvd, music and audio CD, image creation/burning, etc). It supports audio formats based on plugins, and by default can read Vorbis, WMA, WAV—MP3 support can be added by means of an additional downloaded plugin. My one gripe so far is that the program doesn’t support FLAC files.
License: Freeware(?)
Description: Burrrn is a simple GUI burner for audio CDs. To the best of my knowledge, it doesn’t do data CDs. Still, it has pretty extensive support for different audio formats, and plenty of options for the fickle burner.
License: Freeware
Description: ImgBurn is a slightly revised burning engine from the last official release of DVD-Decrypter (before development was stopped by legal issues). As of version 2.4.x.y, it supports the creation and burning of Cue sheets (so, basically, making audio CDs from music files). Probably the best burning program available for Windows.
§1428 · By · October 10, 2006 ·

14 Comments to “CD Burning”

  1. David Kemp says:

    My latest (7 – series) Nero is, like you say, crap and won’t now copy discs from original material.
    Can I go back to an earlier version or is there an alternative Burner which will do the job?
    Acoustica is my program of choice for general use but the Nero facility was useful.
    Many thanks, if you can assist. (I appreciate this is outside the line of comment you would normally receive.)
    David Kemp, Cape Town, South Africa.

  2. sancho says:

    I don’t know about the qualities of Nero compared to others (I’ve only used Nero thus far), but its WAV editor comes in handy for making ringtones to FTP into my Nokia cell phone.

  3. Ben says:

    But there are other WAV editors available for free–e.g. Audacity

  4. David Kemp says:

    Can you please direct me to a CD Burner/Player system which will (a) copy discs, as Nero does
    (b) allow me to transfer music files to an external drive (Mediabox) connected to mu USB port.

  5. Ben says:

    David, most of these programs will allow you to copy discs. I know, at the very least, that InfraRecorder and cdrtfe will both do so.

    As per your second requirement, I’m a little puzzled as to what exactly you mean. Can you explain what your setup is?

  6. John says:

    Could you please tell me what the best program would be for burning image slideshows with music onto cd’s.

  7. Andrew H says:

    It’s not my list but personally I don’t think I could recommend DeepBurner. It’s so crippled it’s nearly useless. :( Though InfraRecorder on the other hand is an amazing suite of tools, thank you for that.

  8. Ben says:

    I’ll probably re-evaluate DeepBurner at some point in the future.

    By the way, InfraRecorder has a slick interface, but cdrtfe is even more powerful.

  9. David kemp says:

    In an earlier comment I mentioned I was using Acoustica, which has a MP3 burning facility – except I can’t get mine to work, despite trying the various alternatives suggested by the program. I know Rhapsody offers a similar facility but am reluctant to pay out again for a program which I don’t want in its entirety. Can you (or anyone) suggest an alternative which works satisfactorily? I want to burn my MP3 files onto CD for playing in my car unit which allows the MP3/CD option and my home stereo/DVD player. Any suggestions will be very much appreciated. I have tried the Website MP3, but not found what I am looking for.

  10. Ben says:

    David, is MP3/CD a different standard? Or is it just a data CD with mp3s on it? If that’s the case, any of the above-mentioned burners should be fine for you.

  11. David Andrews says:

    Can you tell me what the difference in quality is between burning a music CD-R from an ISO image and burning from .wav files created on a HD?

  12. Ben says:

    Realistically? Nothing. But that’s predicated upon two things:

    1. The original disc was ripped directly to wave, and not to a lossy format
    2. You set set your wav-burner to use the correct gaps and whatnot. Some programs will put 2-second gaps between tracks unless you change the setting.
  13. Zaerion says:

    ImgBurn is able to make images. i use it to do that all the time.

  14. Zaerion says:

    woah. just saw the dates on these comments… whoopsie!

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