I'm in the market for DVD/CD burning software.
What I need it for is:
1. burning .mp3 CD's from my personal CD's to use on a portable CD-MP3 player,
2. burning backups of audio (and non-audio files, I guess) onto CD's and DVD's,
3. burning audio CD's of my songs to send to music publishers, ad agencies, record companies, etc.
I have read reviews comparing the latest Nero (which the reviews say is more powerful, but has a crappy UI) or the latest Roxio Creator (which is said to be less powerful, but easy to use)
I wouldn't mind a simple DVD authoring utility... I just would want to edit and index home videos from miniDV and VHS.
One feature I think might be useful (I think only Roxio has it) is where you can save streaming audio to hard disk... I only have time to listen to music for pleasure in the car... at work they won't let us listen to streaming audio because of the bandwidth it consumes, but after hours or at home, I could save, burn to CD and listen in the car.
Another feature I can't seem to find who has it, was the ability to take CD's and create virtual drives on your hard disk, so you don't have to put in various CD's when you want to switch between PC games. This would be very handy for me because my kids are small and I don't trust them yet to be swapping CD's, so my wife or I have to do it. It would be so much easier if I could just put all their frequently played games onto hard disk and let them pick what they want without bugging us (I have the PC in a locked cabinet, so we'd still have to power up for them, but not having to swap CD's would be great). Does anyone know who has this feature?
I suppose that I could just use Windows XP's burning functionality, but I've had bad luck with that. I have an older version of Roxio's EZ CD Creator, but I think it doesn't do DVD's and my new PC has a dual-layer DVD burner.
My main issue is with robustness. I have recently burned a half dozen coasters with the (4.something) version of Roxio I have. I've had far too many unreadable CD's lately. Most of them were written on an external USB2.0 DVD+-RW/+-R drive from BUSlink. During the writing, there was no indication that there were any problems.
Hmmm... upon further inspection, it appears that my DVD burner came with a copy of Nero OEM Suite: Nero Smartstart2, Express 6, InCD4, Vision Express 3-SE, PhotoShow Express, Showtime 2, Media Home, Media Player, Cover Designer, and Toolkit. Someone at egghead said that these are limited edition versions and they only work for a month or something like that. I suppose I could try it, but I'm planning on placing an order with newegg very soon and would like to add the burning sw in because they have a $10 off if you buy $250. Even if I used this software for a few days, you really don't get a feel for software until you've used it for a few months, so I'd like your opinions.
What say ye?