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While CDBurnerXP’s visuals are no great shakes, its potent functionality easily compensates for its lack of charisma. The tool burns CD, DVD, BluRay, and HD-DVD disks and provides all necessary supplemental capabilities.

Windows includes a pretty good disk burner inside, but many users require more than the standard options provided by default. If you are one of such user, CDBurnerXP may come in handy, as long as you are willing to spend a few minutes learning its features.

The tool records on all types of disks: CD-R/CD-RW/DVD+R/DVD-R/DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM/BD/HD-DVD, including double layer mediums, and is compatible with 2500+ IDE, USB, and SCSI drives. In addition to typical data discs, you can also write to CD audio and DVD video discs, create bootable disks, burn your MP3 collections, or create disk full copies.

Each feature of CDBurnerXP is polished to a nearly perfect state. For instance, burning CD audio allows you to write songs from mp3, wav, wma, ogg, or flac files directly to CD, without preliminary decoding. The program also supports adding or removing tracks from your audio compilation straight from an audio CD without ripping tracks beforehand. Thinking of a gapless CD for your non-stop night party? No problem there either.

With its burn on-the-fly, buffer underrun protection, and automatic verification of burned disks, CDBurnerXP provides stable and 100% reliable quality, while simple drag-n-drop allows adding files to a disk in just seconds. In addition, the tool reads disk images in various formats including ISO, NRG, and BIN and can burn hardcopies of them with a click.

Among other interesting functions are the support for M-discs (a trouble-proof alternative to conventional DVDs that claims to store data non-degraded up to 1000 years) and split burning (a feature that allows dividing a volume file onto several disks). Also, close integration with LightScribe provides nice laser-etched labels for your CD and DVD disks.

Capable and free, CDBurnerXP is certainly one of the best CD/DVD burning tools around. It doesn’t try to be a jack-of-all-trades with all those multimedia and social functions other solutions offer; it only burns disks, but it does this great!


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