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#1 Alchemist

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 02:49 PM

Is there any practical difference in the quality of the results (the actual burned CD) that various CD burning utilities produce? Or is the difference entirely in interface? Isn't creating the Joliet file system well understood by all programmers by now? I am really wondering if it's worth it to pay for Nero, for example, when things like DeepBurner or Burn4Free are available. It might be a little bit more hassle to put the file collection together, but is the final result any different?

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 05:54 PM

Basically it's the software and how you use it. I like Audacity. The burner and the media can make a difference. Then there's your speakers, sound card, drivers... You get the idea, it all adds up.
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Posted 31 May 2007 - 08:41 PM

Audacity is an audio editor, not a CD burning program. I am asking about the reliability of the CD (readability, durability, etc.), not the sound quality of music CDs.

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 08:48 PM

Most are very good. I use (/have used) GnomeBaker(Linux), Infrarecorder, and Nero to burn just about everything. All come out the same. Its mostly GUI.

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 11:47 PM

The only difference that I've noticed with software is that some are easier to use. As for longevity and readability, this is more of a media issue. The Library of Congress and NIST have a ongoing study of different types of media to determine the longevity each type, and they are finding big differences. Basically the cheaper media only last for about three years.

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