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Digital Audio Essentials by Bruce Fries, Marty Fries

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CD Recording Software

When it comes to software for burning CDs, you have several options. If you burn a lot of CDs, you’ll probably end up using more than one program. For example, you might use your jukebox program for burning music CDs and a dedicated CD-recording program to back up your hard disk. You might also use the drag-and-drop CD-burning features included with Mac OS and Windows XP for transferring files between computers.

Jukebox programs

Jukebox programs make it easy to record CDs from your music collection, because the browsing, searching, and filtering tools you need to select and organize the files are right at your fingertips. A handy feature is the ability to burn audio and MP3 CDs directly from files contained in a playlist. You can also apply features such as volume leveling to the audio before it’s burned, and in the case of MP3 files, Media Jukebox and Musicmatch can automatically burn folders onto the CD to organize your music. The main drawback of burning CDs with a jukebox program is that you will not be able to create CDs with formats other than audio and data (ECDs, for example). You also will not be able to burn CDs from image files.

Standalone programs

Standalone programs, such as Stomp’s RecordNow Max and Roxio’s Easy Media Creator (for PCs) and Toast (for Macs), offer advanced capabilities and support more CD formats than the jukebox programs covered here. For example, you can’t create an Enhanced CD with most jukebox programs, but with a standalone program ...

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