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21. PINNACLE INSTANT CD/DVD 8.0
$84.99 $7.89 list()
22. Ahead Software NERO 6-THE ULTIMATE
$39.99 $29.99 list($49.99)
23. VideoWave 7 Professional
$77.86
24. TSUNAMI MPEG DVD Easypack Suite
$75.59 list($49.99)
25. Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 Platinum
$39.99 list($49.99)
26. PowerDVD 5 Deluxe
$4.94
27. Easy CD & DVD Creator 6
$36.95 $36.43 list($39.95)
28. Norton Password Manager 2004
$62.99 $28.00 list($69.99)
29. NTI Backup Now Deluxe 3.0
$56.99 $6.99 list($59.99)
30. NTI CD & DVD Maker 6 Platinum
$39.99 $38.99 list()
31. Roxio Easy DVD Copy
$36.99 $36.00 list($57.99)
32. Cakewalk Pyro 2004
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33. Toast with Jam
$3.25 list($69.99)
34. NeroBurning ROM 5.5
$11.99 list($29.95)
35. MusicMatch Jukebox 7.0 Deluxe
$54.79
36. SYMANTEC Norton SystemWorks 2004
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37. FarStone Virtual Drive Utility
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38. Photostory on TV 2004
$10.50
39. CD Stomper Pro Labeling System
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40. Music Maker DeLuxe 2004

21. PINNACLE INSTANT CD/DVD 8.0
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000D8ISB
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 4140
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • CD/DVD authoring application for data management and disc creation
  • Create, burn, and copy CDs and DVDs quickly and easily
  • Encode MP3 files; compose music; build photo and video slideshows
  • Copy and backup important files with drag-and-drop simplicity
  • Easy enough for beginners, powerful enough for professionals

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Program Crashes Very Frequently
I bought this SW to burn VHS source material onto DVDs. Prior to burning, the program performs its rendering of the clips. 9 times out of 10 the program hangs after a few hours of rendering. The one time it did not hang, I killed the program since it was only 10% done with a two hour video after 4 hours of processing. The Product is useless!
I am using Windows XP and have 1 GHz Pentium 4 Processor.

1-0 out of 5 stars There are better options available
I would not recommend the purchase of this product to anyone. It does not perform all of the functions that the packaging leads you to believe. And, tech support is virtually non-existant, so trying to get any assistance from the company is an effort in futility. If you do choose to purchase this product, I sincerely hope that you have better luck than I did. ... Read more


22. Ahead Software NERO 6-THE ULTIMATE ALL-IN-ONE ( 00700 )

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Asin: B0007RB1KY
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Ahead Software
Sales Rank: 3882
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23. VideoWave 7 Professional
list price: $49.99
our price: $39.99
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Asin: B0001IQN6Q
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Roxio
Sales Rank: 636
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Author and burn professional-quality DVDs, VCDs, or SVCDs
  • Add music, transitions, special effects, text credits, and sound
  • SmartScan saves time and space; captures selected scenes only
  • Advanced Timeline tools support up to 14 tracks and in-place editing
  • CineMagic for a polished music video complete with transitions

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars It is sad
Videowave 7 is an extreemly difficult program to use.

The company appears to be deceptive in its marketing by leading a customer to believe that they can be contacted by e-mail with help questions. When a question is sent to the company they send back a form response to look at there website.

The program that is supposed to help you learn is beyond difficult. It makes no sense and tells very little.

They also pretend to have a video training program that comes to assist the customer. This tells almost nothing and just stops.

I was going to contact the company but I am sure they are well aware. How could they not be? Someone that they know must have tried to use the program.

Their success in sales may have more to do with customers thinking that they alone are having such a difficult time.

If you would like an experience in frustration have fun.

David Morris, Ph.D.
Professor of Marketing ... Read more


24. TSUNAMI MPEG DVD Easypack Suite ( Windows )

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Asin: B0009I4VEY
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: GLOBAL MARKETING PARTNERS
Sales Rank: 3554
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Features

  • Quick Launcher and step-by-step creation wizard
  • Supports most video file formats
  • Plays in any DVD player
  • Produce high quality compressed video files quickly and easily
  • Edit and combine individual frames

25. Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 Platinum Edition
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000899WB
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Roxio
Sales Rank: 200
Average Customer Review: 2.13 out of 5 stars
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The arguable king of CD burning is back, and it's got a bag of new tricks. Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 Platinum Edition takes you by the hand and leads you through all kinds of CD and DVD creation, from data backups and music compilations to photo slide shows and feature films. User friendly to the last, it comes with a massive manual weighing in at almost 400 pages. Unfortunately, however, beneath the shiny surface of this program hide a few snags.

Burning data and music compilation CDs is simple enough with a "drag to CD" function--you can literally drag files from Windows Explorer onto an icon that resizes in the lower right corner of the desktop. More complex burning and copying can be done through wizards or manually.

For DVD authoring, Roxio includes support for every DVD burning format out there. It allows you to create movies, photo slide shows and more. It interfaces directly with digital video recorders to capture footage to the PC's hard drive, from where you can then burn them to a DVD. You can rearrange parts of a movie, trim clips, add sound, and more. The interface is functional at best, though, and casual film directors will pine for a simpler, more graceful solution than this program can offer.

The PhotoSuite applet's interface is overly friendly and not nearly powerful enough. Adding photos from a networked PC was a painstakingly slow process. Worse, once we'd picked out a few dozen photos, we went to create a VCD slide show and were met with an error message that even baffled Roxio tech support.

Another caveat: Easy CD automatically checks for product updates, but it forces you to register the product in order to download them. This invasion of privacy aside, Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 does provide some easy and user friendly features at the cost of clunky interfaces and limited options for power users.--Joel Durham ... Read more

Reviews (187)

5-0 out of 5 stars Beats Sonic and Nero hands down
I am very much into burning CD's and now DVD's with the help of Easy CD Creator 6. I have used many other burning software and have nothing but problems. Installing Nero 5 made me lose my drives and I was stuck in Tech Support hell......p. I also tried making VCD and DVD movies with Sonic My DVD and it was a very frustrating experience.

With Creator 6 I was able to capture my video easily, add the content to the DVD Builder layout and I created a DVD with menu's that played perfectly the first time I tried. I am telling you and hope you believe me when I say, this is the easiest CD and DVD burning application available hands down.

I also forgot to mention the MGI photo application that is now owned by Roxio is also bundled as well. The biggest improvement over Creator 4 and 5 is the Audio application Audio Central which lets you rip MP3's and edit the MP3 file and ID Tags which contain all the information of the file. It compares to the audio features of Microsofts media player.

I strongly recommend this suite of burning products to anyone that has a digital camera, video camera, dvd player, or wants to backup or create audio CD's. This application does it all.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not very user friendly...or with lack of support services
I have to agree, I am very disappointed with the software and services...don't like the idea of talking to a computer or calling long distance. My biggest problem is losing all audio files when video is copied to DVD. I paid 100 for a DVD of an occasion and when I went to copy with this software, I lost all the original audio tracks on the tape:-(...mine was also buddled with Plextor DVD-burner. I have to think twice before I buy another of these products as I now am shopping for something better to replace this software...I also have Pinnicle and with the rendering and failing to copy over to the DVD, it's just about as bad...customer service is better though.

4-0 out of 5 stars Expensive but worth it
All CD&DVD burners tend to be fairly expensive, as usually software is. Comparing this to Nero, Roxio is a sure buy. It is really easy (surprise, surprise) to use, and it looks good.

It is also powerful, in the sense that you can do almost anything with it. You can even cut your music, design menus for your movie DVDs and create your own covers for your CD cases.

It comes with a helpful handbook that helps you deciding on wich application to use (Audio central, Creator Classic etc.).

One thing it lacks is a wizard. Wizards are always nice to use and keep you self-confident that you woun't waste your DVD disk though it is quite hard even without the wizard.

I didn't have any writer probelms, and I am overall happy with the product, though I think that once you buy an expensive DVD burner one has to buy an expensive program as well, though this does make burning so much easier than playing with codes and files and windows. If your looking for an powerful burner, this is what you should buy.

1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money...
The best thing about this product is that I got it via eBAY for $15.00. I know now why it was so cheap. The module that I was really interested in, DVD creator, is a total disaster. It is hard to use, confusing, and does not produce repeatable results. Forget about getting help from Roxio. I tried using the email route. About 3 days after submitting a question, you get some form-letter jibberish back, unrelated to the question. I refuse to pay for long distance. I also refuse to buy any more Roxio products, at any price.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Genuine Stinker
I got this software with a terrific Plextar PX-708UP disk drive. Why they include ROXIO I will never understand. Lot's of problems. It doesn't work along with Redxpress Express Copyware 3. After using Redxpress once, the computer would recognize the DVD drive, but the ROXIO program wouldn't. The exact same thing happened with my two machines, both equipped with Windows XP. Don't buy it. Ive consistently found ROXIO products to be low rent. The pits. Go with Nero. ... Read more


26. PowerDVD 5 Deluxe
list price: $49.99
our price: $39.99
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Asin: B0000VYK1E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Avanquest
Sales Rank: 783
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Features

  • Sharp, rich video quality
  • Audio support for any environment
  • Fully customizable interface
  • Rich navigation controls
  • Plays DVDs MP3s, Audio CDs, DivX files, and more

27. Easy CD & DVD Creator 6

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Asin: B000099SKV
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Roxio
Sales Rank: 2008
Average Customer Review: 1.29 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Capture, organize, edit, burn and share music, data, photo and video on CD or DVD
  • Make DVD home movies or photo slide shows and burn to DVD, VCD or SVCD
  • Fix images with easy-to-use tools and create electronic photo albums
  • Automatic disc formatting and burning by simply dragging and dropping files
  • Make personalized CD labels, jewel case inserts and DVD case covers

Reviews (7)

1-0 out of 5 stars A lousy product
I have had this for a year. I have tried to create JPG format cd's using it's DVD burner and it's data storage mode. Neither works. When I move clips around it seems to randomly juggle the pictures. The instruction manual is not useful and overly simplistic. It's support is non-existant. I am scrapping this junk and will try Adobe Album

3-0 out of 5 stars Beware the updates
I've had better luck than the other reviewers, however I agree it acts like a beta version. After installing the program I was prompted to "update" the program suite. The update was over 39 mb! After loading a subsequent "update", I was prompted to restart my computer 4 times! Each time the computer would come up, I'd be prompted to restart again for the for the Roxio update to take effect.

Overall, the program is much easier to use than the prior version, in my opinion. I am especially pleased with the buffer underrun protection which was an issue with the 2 prior versions.

1-0 out of 5 stars Easy CD & DVD Creator 6
Nothing but problems with this software. It does not recognize my burner. I run WIN 98 SE on a new HP. I applied all updates and tried to contact ROXIO for support. They do nothing to help. Terrible product and terrible support. This software is a complete waste of money at any price.

1-0 out of 5 stars Easy CD Creator 6 is Anything But -- Stay Away!
This 6th version of Easy CD Creator is worthless, plain and simple. I could not get it to run on a brand new Dell Pentium machine no matter how clean the install was, or how many times I uninstalled and reinstalled it. Roxio technical support was useless. I cannot comprehend know how this software made it through beta testing, much less to the street. After 5 useful versions of Easy CD Creator, it's hard to fathom how Roxio went so wrong, but their reputation will be taking a large hit as a result of this disaster.

1-0 out of 5 stars Buy anything else--not this
If the software worked, it would be quite good! It is relatively easy to figure out what to do, and then what to do next.

Unfortuantely, this is a bug laden mess provided by a company which clearly has no concept of customer service. Roxio has no compunction in providing non-working software. While it is possible to produce a working DVD after MANY hours getting the program set-up, woe to the person who then tries to use a different camera, OS or computer.

Current example, Roxio recently updated their engine to ver. 6.2.xx. Attempts to update my registered version resulted in error messages. Attempts to get customer service were unsuccessful. The software should not even be given away free. ... Read more


28. Norton Password Manager 2004
list price: $39.95
our price: $36.95
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Asin: B0000C8Y0U
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 1258
Average Customer Review: 1.4 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (10)

3-0 out of 5 stars Ok
After trying the free trialware version I bought a copy of this program on Ebay for about $10, for that price it has done its job. As with other reviewers, there just isnt a central file or somewhere that you can see your passwords on, like a spreadsheet. One change I would make in this program is that it assumes that you only have 1 account on every webpage. yes the program allows for several user profiles however, if for example, you have 2 yahoo email accounts, it will only allow 1 password per page per profile. otherwise you would have to manually type in the second account each time which defeats the purpose of the program.

1-0 out of 5 stars Password Manager
This is the sorriest software package I have ever purchased. I was offline when I laoded it and when I went to log in I found it had trashed my modem drivers. I cleaned up the mess with GoBack, went on line and reloaded. I did the reboot and guess what-NO MODEM DRIVERS. When I went to Symantec they did not even have NPM listed as a product so it was impossible to get installation help

1-0 out of 5 stars Just terrible
I would expect products by Symantec to be of higher quality. This one is just terrible. There is no way to add new passwords manually, and it doesn't detect alot of login sites.

1-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't do the job
There are no provisions to backup your passwords, nor provisions to randomly generate passwords. How can I move my passwords from a desktop to a laptop? This software does not allow you to control where the data is saved. This software assums that you have some other master list of passwords in case this data is lost. I can't believe Norton put their name on this product.

1-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Awful!
This product just doesn't work. It is unfortunate that I have to give this piece of garbage even 1 star. If I could, it would get a -10.

I agree with the other reviewer that browserplus (www.browserplus.com) has a much better (and less expensive) product that actually works and does a lot more. If you need to manage your passwords, bypass this product and go right to the browserplus website. ... Read more


29. NTI Backup Now Deluxe 3.0
list price: $69.99
our price: $62.99
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Asin: B0000C4M1F
Catlog: Software
Publisher: NewTech Infosystems
Sales Rank: 2994
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Full-image and specific-file backup for CD-R/RW and DVD-R/RW
  • Use multiple CD/DVD drives for unattended backup jobs
  • Automatically spans backup across multiple CDs
  • Bootable CD and floppy creator; automatic backup scheduler
  • Password protection for specific backup jobs

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Data Lifesaver
With more than 1,000 viruses and worms being unleashed over the internet every day, anyone who has important documents, data or content on their PC needs to carry out some type of regular backup and disaster recovery program. Having used more than six different programs over the past five years we have found that Backup NOW! is one of the easiest to use and most versatile products we have found for our small business network and notebook computers. It really is two backup/recovery products in one package. Now we duplicate and backup our complete server and user systems every three months and do weekly and daily incremental backup. We've only had one near disaster with a worm infestation on one of our systems and were able to quickly recover all of the data. But the software really shows its value when people accidentally delete (rather than save) files they are working on. They don't have to start from scratch because BackupNOW! lets them bring back the specific file to the state it was the evening before. If your office is like ours and running on adreneline that feature alone is worth 3x the cost of the product. We like the fact that BackupNOW! saves to so many different types of media. On the office network we use DVD-RW because we can overwrite a thousand times and can randomly access the disc for recovery. On our notebooks we save to CD-R because the media works anywhere and costs almost nothing. But best of all the software simply works the way we like to work. That's one less thing we have to worry about in our business ! ... Read more


30. NTI CD & DVD Maker 6 Platinum
list price: $59.99
our price: $56.99
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Asin: B0000CG08D
Catlog: Software
Publisher: NewTech Infosystems
Sales Rank: 2972
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Features

  • New automated audio track volume makes balancing volume for CD mixes easy
  • Enhanced MP3 Decoder for increased speed and quality
  • Improved jewel case insert maker for better booklets, even in the new slim cases
  • Wave editing tools let you cut, copy or paste your wave files
  • Trim, crop and fade your songs, or add filters to make them sound just right

31. Roxio Easy DVD Copy

our price: $39.99
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Asin: B00023LU3G
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Roxio
Sales Rank: 1689
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Features

  • Copy movies, photos, music, and data discs onto DVD or CD
  • Make high-quality back-ups of DVDs and CDs with one click
  • Back-up Hollywood movies, computer games, and music CDs
  • Back-up to multiple disc burners at the same time
  • Supports all major DVD/CD formats including dual layer

32. Cakewalk Pyro 2004
list price: $57.99
our price: $36.99
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Asin: B0000DK36I
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 1060
Average Customer Review: 2.38 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Record, organize, and enjoy digital music; includes free NEATO CD label software
  • Rip and burn music CDs to/from MP3, WMA, WAV
  • Backup CDs with easy disc copying; archive data files on CD
  • Transfer and restore LPs and tapes to CD
  • Maximize, clean, and enhance audio with pro FX

Reviews (13)

3-0 out of 5 stars Ups and downs over the previous version of Pyro
As a regular Cakewalk software user (I use Sonar for my home recording projects) I always had high hopes I could integrate my music programs into one seamless package from Cakewalk.

That was why I initially bought Pyro 2003. I immediately preferred it over CD Creator. When the new verison of Pyro came out, I picked it up anticipating a newer and better program.

I was pleased to some extent. Here are the ups and down of Pyro 2004 compared to Pyro 2003.

UPS
Better on-screen interface; more info is packed on the screen
More streamlining in audio capture (rip, folder, and mic recording all accessible from the same sidebar menu)
Improved MP3 decoding (as always, Pyro gives you the most options for bit rates with MP3s)
More audio effects applied to sound files in the editing process.

DOWNS
Slower burning of audio discs for some reason (Pyro 2004 takes a long time to prepare a CD but then takes a considerably less amount of time burning tracks)

Difficulty when interfacing it with an older Creative Sound Card (I solved this problem by upgrading to Audigy 2, something I was going to do anyway)

THE SAME
Awesome realtime viewing of your waveform data, cuts, zooming and crossfades

The most reliable software I've found for burning discs without errors

Transfer of data to portables (though I don't have a portable so I haven't used this feature

PROBLEMS I HAD AND TIPS

Some plugins don't seem to automatically install correctly haven't learned how to fix this.

Don't use Pyro 2003 and 2004 on the same computer. One required DirectX 8 and one requires DirectX 9. I had problems trying to fully use both programs.

Be sure to have the updated drivers for your audio card and all Windows updates. My biggest problem was with MP3 encoding. It sometimes worked and didn't. At that time I had a sound card that was 3 years old with downloaded drivers. Upgrading to a newer card (Audigy 2 ZS Platinum) seems to have fixed this problem.

That's it. I hope this review helps some who are now or soon will be users of this program. Happy burning!

4-0 out of 5 stars Extra Features not found in other CD audio software
The Cakewalk Pyro 2004 offers the usual CD copying, mp3, WMA and wav ripping, data cd creation, playback, file organizing, ID3 tags, CDDB lookup. However it offers a boatload of useful features not found elsewhere. You can record line-in from the microphone, as well as hook up your stereo. Then clean up hiss, cracks and pops, as well as add Reverb, Delay, Chorus, & other effects with Plasma FXPad. You can work with a waveform, tweak the sound effects, graphically edit crossfades, volume, start & end times, and playback segments until you get it just right before burning to an audio CD. Additionally, you can encode entire mix playlist to one continuous MP3/WAV/WMA, or split audio files graphically into multiple tracks.

You can also selectively rip tracks from a CD by preselecting them before ripping. You can easily arrange playlists and then burn them into audio or mp3, wma CDs.

The best feature for me is the ability to record anything playing through your sound card including streaming audio. This is not fully explained in the documentation, but the instructions at their website explain how to set this up. You can either record live, or you can set a schedule timed to start at a particular time, for a particular duration, or end-time. This beats running the output from one computer's line-out into your line-in. You can convert this WAV file to MP3 or WMA, with a choice of quality for MP3 files.

The strongest feature set is the extensive audio editing, enhancement, cleanup, crossfades, and volume leveling controls. This is not found in the other comparable programs. The jukebox feature does not compare to other programs, and is basically consists of playback of playlists. The user interface is not too intuitive, so expect to spend some time with the documentation or to go to the website and newsgroup. For example, to convert audio format, you need to select the files, and then hit a "More" button at the top of the pane. There is no "right-mouse-click" as you might expect. However all in all, I'm highly satisfied with this program for the audio capabilities not found elsewhere.

1-0 out of 5 stars DOA
I bought this program three days ago, 7/12/2004. I just bought a brand new computer with XP, and a CDRW Drive, and a DVDRW drive came standard with the computer. PYRO 2004 keeps telling me my computer has no rewritable drives installed, so I go to the cakewalk website to download the new drivers list so it will recognize at least one of my drives, and still no sucess. The only way to get support for this product is through E-Mail. Three days and I'm still waiting. I will never buy a cakewalk product again. They use to be good with music programs.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do you want to be a beta tester?
I am running XP; I bought Pyro 2004 to replace Roxio because I liked the idea of an integrated package. However, there were problems from the start.
In "Record an Audio File" mode, Pyro unpredictably shut down when I hit stop play on an mp3, or when I tried to display an mp3 in the lower panel. In some cases it generated an error message.
I contacted product support; this is what they told me to do:

1. You'll need to uninstall Pyro 2004 or MediaWorks. Remove all
shortcuts also.

2. Click the Windows Start button and select Run. At the prompt type
REGEDIT and click OK.

3. Backup your Registry before making edits - you do this by clicking
the Registry menu, Export Registry File.

4. Now delete the following Registry keys
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cakewalk Music
Software\"MediaWorks"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Cakewalk Music
Software\"MediaWorks"

If you have "Pyro 2004" instead of "MediaWorks" delete that folder
instead.

5. To ensure that other programs are not interfering with the
operation of MW or Pyro, do the following.

* turn off auto-insert notification for all of your CD drives (click
Start, Settings, Control Panel, System, Device Manager)In XP, put a CD
in and select "Take No Action" and put a check where it says "Always
Take this Action."
In Win 98/ME/XP, choose Start | Run and type MSCONFIG. Click OK, then
click on the Startup tab at the upper right of the window that opens.
Uncheck all items listed, click OK, then restart your computer. You
can always recheck those items again at a later time. In Win 2000,
click Ctrl+Alt+Del and manually End Task on the items you don't need
running. Restart

6. If you have Adaptec Direct CD, Napster or Roxio's GoBack, make sure
you uninstall or disable them temporarily. Also temporarily uninstall
any other burning software on your machine. Now reinstall Cakewalk.

Other mp3 burners do not need this much nursing; Roxio and Xing work perfectly out of the box.
I'll probably have to go through this procedure, since I won't get my money back. If I'd known then what I know now...

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely powerful, mostly easy to use
Pyro does an incredible number of things really well. It took me a little while to figure out a few of the interface features, but after I sorted it out, it was really easy to use, as well. You can rip CDs to MP3, burn CDs, play music, record and edit audio files, and even interface with a portable MP3 player. I ran this under XP and I personally didn't have any trouble with bugs in this software, so I can't corroborate the problems some previous reviewers had at all. Perhaps the version I got had bug fixes already applied.

The interface is organized into tabs, and the start page gets you started with links to common tasks. It launches you into the appropriate tab of the interface with a little help bar that tells you what to do next. That part works pretty well. The issue I had with the interface is that switching amongst different tasks within the sam etab involves using some little icons. It took me a while to notice these icons, and there wasn't a manual to point this out. This meant that the first several times I used Pyro, I kept having to go back to the start screen to do anything different, and it meant that I didn't know about some of the views built into the system. For example, I initially thought that Pyro had the most broken interface ever for listening to an MP3 playlist, because the only view I could find was the waveform view, which organizes tracks left-to-right as waveforms that you can apply effects to. Needless to say, that's not exactly the most intuitive way to listen to a playlist of songs. After I decciphered the interface, it turned out that there was also a straightforward list view, and it was really easy to switch between the two.

As a CD burner, Pyro is very effective. It's easy to build simple playlists (once I found the list view!), but you can also build more elaborate DJ mixes in the waveform view. Even if you don't want to do all that, you can still use useful features like adjusting the audio levels to make sure all your tracks have roughly the same loudness. Personally, I make DJ mixes using Traktor by Native Instruments, which is a powerful tool for live DJing. The problem is that by making one long file of the whole mix, there aren't any track breaks. So the track split feature of Pyro is one of the most useful to me. I can insert track break points, and either burn the resulting mix as a series of tracks, or even save the individual tracks as files (WAV, MP3, or WMA) if I want. Pyro can also make straightforward Data CDs, by building a list of files and folders you want to burn.

As a CD ripper, Pyro uses an adjustable, high-quality MP3 filter, so you can get extremely high quality results (or smaller files, if you prefer). It also can rip to WAV or WMA, though I haven't tried this. It was easy to use, and grabbed CD info from CDDB, as you would expect. My only complaint in ripping CDs was that it didn't let me set the filenames like I wanted to. By default it used the track name as the name of the file, and there was an option to prepend the track number. But there wasn't an option to include the artist name or album name in the filename, which is a little annoying.

I haven't tried to use Pyro with a portable MP3 player. The program includes a link to a webpage that shows which players are compatible with it. If you're interested, here's the page: http://www.cakewalk.com/Owners/Pyro2004/Portables/ . The basic transfer interface appears to be straightforward.

Pyro doesn't burn DVDs, so if you need this feature, this isn't your program. However, Cakewalk does make a program called MediaWorks, which appears to work just like Pyro, but with additional features for burning DVDs. I haven't used MediaWorks, so I can't comment on it.

Pyro works perfectly well as a playlist-based audio file player, though there's nothing really special about it. As far as I can tell, it doesn't maintain its own music file database like some of the jukebox programs, so you just use the file browser pane to drag files from their directory into the playlist. Personally, I would recommend Winamp for music playback (and it's free), but there's nothing wrong with Pyro if you want to use it for that. On the other hand, it's a fairly handy recording program. It gives you basic level meters so you can set your recording level (in the Windows volume control), and it drops the recorded project right into the audio editor pane when it's done, so you can split tracks, readjust levels, add effects, etc. One nice thing is that it uses standard DirectX effects, so if you have other audio programs that come with DirectX effects (such as other Cakewalk programs), you can use all of those effects in Pyro, as well.

It took me a little bit of work to get up to speed with Pyro, but now that I have figured it out, I really like it, and I recommend it for most tasks. I've used previous versions of CD Creator Deluxe (though not the current version), and I think Pyro is a much more polished (and more reliable) program. It does everything I need it to, but it's very streamlined for all the things it does. ... Read more


33. Toast with Jam
list price: $199.00
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Asin: B000063EOZ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Roxio
Sales Rank: 4621
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Toast with Jam is a tasty software package indeed. Bundled with extras,at least three of which might be sold as standalone applications, Toast Platinum5.1 is the standard CD-burning tool for the Mac. Its Aqua-enhanced interfacemakes it the perfect companion for Mac OS X, and it works smoothly with OS 8.6and OS 9.

Toast Titanium's design is reminiscent of a funky '50s diner jukebox. The windowis resizable, with simple buttons specifying the type of CD you wish to burn.Pop a blank CD-R into your drive, drag your files into the window, hit that big,red glowing record button in the corner, and you're cooking. Toast supports allmajor CD formats, including MP3, Mac/ISO hybrid, and Video CD (playable on manyDVD players).

If the above were all there was to this package, we'd be satisfied and ready fora nap. But included here are Jam and Peak LE VST 3.0 (from Bias Inc.), for thosewho really want to tweak the data on their audio CDs, and Magic Mouse Discus,which lets you design great-looking labels.

Jam lets you create smoothly blended transitions between tracks with thecross-fade editor, and mark up to 49 index points within a track. The programsupports 16- or 24-bit Sound Designer II, AIFF, WAV, or MP3 files, making itextremely versatile. When you're finished tweaking, Jam creates a disk image forToast to burn.

Although it is easy and convenient to burn files directly from Toast, you willhave more control over audio files if you work first from Jam and then exportthe disk image to Toast. Even if you don't plan on creating any cross-fades orindex points, you can still listen to your entire disc and make volumeadjustments, as Jam gives direct control over the final gain for each track.This feature is very flexible. Clicking on the gain amount in the track detailbrings up a slider that lets you boost up to +12 dB or lower to -96 dB. You canalso adjust left and right channels independently of each other.

Peak LE VST 3.0 is a trimmed-down version of the Peak software from Bias Inc.,and it's a very cool and powerful tool. Peak is launched directly from Jam or onits own, and supports a dizzying array of file types, including many notsupported by Jam or Toast. These can, of course, be converted to aToast-friendly type. Although some features in this light version are disabled,you can still manipulate your audio in a number of ways, such as changing gain,normalizing, and adding DSP effects like Reverse and Invert. You can also createregions that Jam will import as tracks.

If you own a Mac and do a lot of CD burning, you want Toast with Jam. It's anextremely good value, and it's very fun to use. Best of all, taking fulladvantage of the features and extras in this package will lend your CDs asolidly professional quality. --John Bosch ... Read more

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Jam sold on False Pretenses:beware!
The primary feature distinguishing Jam from Toast or from any of the other vanilla disk burners is its long-standing ability to meld professional split-stereo files into the track list, i.e. a left and right pair of mono files with .L and .R suffixes. This is the main reason that Jam existed, since it otherwise duplicates practically all the features of Toast. Roxio prominently advertises this feature, and provides directions for implementing it in their documentation. It simply does not work. I now see from a previous message posted here and dated last March that this is not an isolated incident. It is clear that for at least 9 months after this gentleman's review was posted that Roxio has not corrected the problem, nor corrected their claims for the product, nor have they posted any warnings on their site indicating that this key feature is not yet implemented. Instead they lead customers into purchasing the software on the basis of this feature, with total disregard for the responsibility to provide the actual product they advertise. This is called lying.
If it were a matter of a shipment that got out with a small problem that contradicted the manual that would be understandable. But to forgo amending their advertising or website or online manual going on close to a year now is unconscionable. Parlaying misinformation for that long is clearly negligent and deceptive practice.
I would recommend against buying this product, sheerly on principle. There are alternatives that do exactly what it does equally well, and these people don't deserve to be rewarded for bad behaviour. Unfortunately there is no other product that provides this missing feature, at least not in an OS-X compatible version.

1-0 out of 5 stars NO STARS FOR (BURNT) TOAST WITH JAM
BACKGROUND: I am a professional guitarist/composer (and an attorney). My various efforts have received favorable reviews from THE NEW YORK TIMES (among many other diverse sources).

I made the grave mistake of buying TOAST WITH JAM for mastering because Roxio touts it (on the box) as "Professional Audio CD Mastering" for the MAC. (I read somewhere that it is an äward winning program.)

FACTS: JAM FAILED TO PERFORM THE MOST BASIC FUNCTION OF SUCCESSFULLY PLACING A PROTOOLS LE SPLIT STEREO FILE IN THE TRACK LIST. I attempted to open up a ProTools LE split stereo file ready to be burned -- no tweaking necessary. It opened the left/right files up as two separate mono files in sequence contrary to the explicit directions on p. 19 of the JAM 5 manual. It would not combine the files to produce a stereo track as the manual said it would. Sighing, I closed the program.

ROXIO's RESPONCE: I immediately emailed Roxio; Roxio "help" said that this was a "KNOWN ISSUE" requiring an upload to correct the defect. Problem is they don't have one available for my problem ....but....they said that they're working on it.

The program is useless for my purposes.

Richard Rabatin

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy as 1, 2, 3!!!!!
This product is almost universally compatible!! The window is resizable, with simple buttons specifying the type of CD you wish to burn. Click audio, data, copy, or other, and the button turns blue. Pop a blank CD-R into your drive, drag your files into the window, hit that big red glowing record button in the corner, and you're cooking. What a simple way to burn CD's.... even off your PC!

5-0 out of 5 stars Toast with Jam
With good reason, Roxio's Toast is probably the best selling CD and DVD Macintosh burning software in the world. Roxio has always been miles ahead of their competition and it looks like they just raised the bar again. Their latest release, Toast with Jam, adds even more functionality to their already powerful product.

Toast Titanium already featured the ability to burn photo, video, music and data to CD and DVD. The new version includes pro audio features that will allow users to edit, arrange, and burn a gold master CD of their recorded music. Also music lovers will find an updated, more flexible cross-fade tool using a graphical waveform interface, a dithering feature that corrects for distortion, which can occur during audio file conversion, and new support for audio files with resolutions up to 24 bits. A robust online help system is new to the product as well.

And when it couldn't get any better, Toast with Jam also includes a version of the popular audio program Peak LE from BIAS. Audio professionals and music lovers will find Toast with Jam an absolute must have. Plus it has a cute name.

Toast with Jam is built for Mac® OS X and also supports Mac® OS 9 users. ... Read more


34. NeroBurning ROM 5.5
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B00005BGB2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Ahead Software
Sales Rank: 1008
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Direct from Germany to you, Ahead Software's Nero Burning ROM 5.5 is an exceedingly capable compact disc-burning program that supports most every facet of the CD-creation process. It handles audio, data, and mixed-format recording, and sports several new perks not available in previous versions. Unfortunately, it is not particularly intuitive. Rookies and those who aren't accustomed to fully immersing themselves in their software may initially have difficulty coming to terms with Nero's many complexities and puzzling documentation.

Like most high-end CD-burning packages, Nero 5.5 allows users to perform a variety of tasks, including copying CDs, creating bootable CDs, and assembling "best of" audio CDs. It quickly compiles MP3 audio, MPEG and AVI video, mixed audio/data, and hybrid PC- and Mac-readable CDs. The program features integrated BURN-Proof technology to help prevent buffer under run errors and the useless CD "coasters" such errors create.

Yet Nero is far more than just a CD burner. The package also includes an upgradeable pre-burn virus scanner, rudimentary media player, and new and improved paint program for designing CD artwork and labels. Budding audio engineers will appreciate Nero Wave Editor, a vast suite of standard and exotic sound-altering amenities such as reverb, delay, chorus, volume normalization, and the very cool time correction, all with real-time auditioning and non-destructive editing. New for version 5.5 is the Toolkit, a two-part component consisting of a CD-speed benchmark utility and nifty drive speed tool that adjusts the speed of supporting drives to reduce noise, spin-up/down times, and mechanical wear when reading bad discs.

In testing, Nero 5.5 certainly performed as advertised. Its slick step-by-step wizard handled the basics of CD creation, and its drag-and-drop Explorer-type interface made custom compilations easy. Each and every disc emerged as expected whether burned on the fly, through a hard drive image file, or via disc-at-once or track-at-once methodology. Afterward, the program successfully ejected or withheld discs or automatically deactivated the computer as instructed. Its hard-drive backup options are restrictive, its audio CD enhancement a bit clunky, and its obligatory $15 fee for MP3 and MP3PRO encoder plug-ins annoying, yet virtually every other element of Nero 5.5 is of near-professional quality.

If you know how to use them, that is. The program's help file and electronic manual are poorly translated from their Germanic origin and sometime appear incomplete or erroneous. In fact, users are compelled to investigate and experiment just to fully understand many of the program's more advanced features. Telephone technical assistance is unavailable, and fax and e-mail correspondence must be directed to Europe. On a more positive note, Ahead offers extensive online documentation and a constant stream of free downloadable patches and upgrades. The latest such upgrade, v. 5.5.4.0, supports a host of the latest hardware burners and several new formats, including DVD.

Perfect for advanced users and those who burn more than the occasional bare-bones audio disc, Nero Burning ROM 5.5 is a program of unlimited potential. Just make sure you're willing to take the time to examine and comprehend its unlimited potential or it may frustrate before it satisfies. --Gordon Goble ... Read more

Reviews (107)

5-0 out of 5 stars My 3 year experience
First of all, let me say that I was very surprised just how easy and professional Nero software handled my CD burning tasks.

And Now, the plain truth,you know how it is! We all don't have 30 hours to read over the enclosed digital manual. Futhermore, with so many applications on my computer it will take me several years to really utilize the power of all my software suites. When I intially purchased my current computer: IBM 500 MHz P3, 256Mb,17HD windows 98. My Sony 4X cdwriter was bundled w/ Adaptec Easy CD Creator 4.

I have been using Easy CD4 for about 3 years without ever making a so called "coaster". However, I have only made direct CD copys or created a Audio CD from scratch. Again, never having any sort of problems. But when I was told by a friend that I could also make "mixed mode CDs" (A.K.A. Extra CD,Extended CD and CD Plus)I said what?? What is a mixed mode CD.

After diving into the Easy CD4 manual, sure enough there was the documentation and how to notes. After doing some reading and reviewing I finally said forget it. Too much toggling back and forth between the help file and the software. Later, while on the internet. I was reading a review about buring Video CD's and the like. I said WOW, I can do that with Easy CD4? Once again I dove into the manual but this time I couldn't find any documnetation with regards to burning Video CD's. Before I go on, some quick notes and review:

Some basic stuff you can do today with a CD burner: Create

1. CD-ROM - a CD with computer data

2. Audio CD - a CD with Audio tracks such as WAV or MP3 files. *If burned using a CD-R, Music can be played on a computer,a consumer DVD player and almost all Consumer CD players. *If burned using a CD-RW, Music can be played on a computer, some DVD players and most likely won't play on your consumer CD player be it Home or Automotive. - - *Applies only to CD's containing Wav. audio files/tracks.

3. Mixed Mode CD - a CD with Audio Tracks followed by computer data, such as a video file or web page. This is very similiar to some current music cds that will have an artist's music and a short music video - refered to as Enhanced CD

4. VCD or SVCD - a CD containg video files. "Video Compact Disc" "Super Video Compact Disc" The latter will contain video files in the form of the MPEG2 format. ( Better Resolution then Super Video Tape but less than DVD ) In addition, a SVCD can contain a slide show of picture files such as a jpeg file that you create and organize in any order.

5. Hybrid CD - a CD that can be played on a Windows OS or a Mac OS platform.

7. Etc.

Why?? You ask have I bothered to list all of these types of CD formats. Because, I think software engineers should design software and GUIs that enable the user to get the most out of their product. After all, we all shelled out the money. The last thing we want to do is have to pay again for an additional reference book, video tutorial or evening seminar. After 3 years of using Adaptec CD Burning software I was only using perhaps 80% of its potential worthiness. However, with Nero 5.5, new tasks with regards to CD burning was brought to my attention in less than 3 days while simply navigating through the software and wizard. Moreover, I was able to create all of the CD's listed above in less than 2 days. Many of which, Adaptic does not support. In short, Nero has a great little wizard that aids you through the CD burning process. then, when you become more of an audio engineer you can go it alone and utilze even more editing and authoring tools. This is just some of the stuff that made me smile within the Nero Burning software:

1. Recognizes both of my CD recorders and their properties.

2. I can now designate the pause time between audio tracks 2,3,4 5 etc. seconds between tracks.

3. You can burn CD text info onto your CD which many high end Home CD players recognize.

4. Several audio filters to manipulate your audio sound.

5. If you are a DJ and mix cd tracks so as to have no pause between tracks you can create a track list eventhough you have one long audio track. The track pointer can be put exactly where you want it.

6. You can fomart a CD-RW, then while working on your computer, if you want to write a file to a CD you simply Drag & Drop over your CD-RW drive and the file will be burned. Takes 2 seconds and you continue doing whatever.

7. Ever have this problem. You burned a audio cd. You listen to it and some tracks are either louder or softer in volume than others. With Nero you can make all tracks have the same volume

Finally, this list can continue for at least 6 more points. Without question Nero has won me over. My hat goes off to the German Software Engineers who designed and created this CD Burning software. Thanks......Nero

4-0 out of 5 stars Nero Burning Rom 5.5
I recently got a HP 9700 Series CD Writer and it came with The Roxio / Adaptec software. I have had many problems with this software which caused windows to not run at all. After reading the reviews ofor Nero Burning Rom I finally decided to try the free download from ZDNet.
This is the full version that only works for 1 month. I have been very impressed with this software. Many of the reviews I read hinted at the difficulty of using this program. However, I found that it is complicated but not that difficult.
There are a few things that I wish to point out for other people lookig at this program. 1. It writes Both CDR and CDRW, I had a hard time finding this in the information on this site. As well as Music CD's, Bootable CD's and several other types eg. DVD 2. If you have trouble with Roxio / Adaptec software, Nero seems to work on those systems. While people having trouble with Nero seem to find Roxio more agreeable to their system. 3.Download the free demo from ZDnet first! I it doesn't work you aren't out much (Nero has a good uninstall program). 4. Many of Nero's features seem to be mostly fluff. If you have a program that works I would keep it. The label-maker is hard to use, the audio effects are pretty basic from and editing standpoint, but they do work. If you have burning software that works there are other programs that do these functions much better.
I for one am glad I tried it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A few notes
This is by far the best piece of CD burning software out there. Some common negative remarks against Nero were:

1. Can't burn .mp3's
A: Not true. It's called you burn an audio CD, not a data CD. Then your stupid freebie music will work in your CD players. And if you thought it would make mp3's from audio cd's... its a burning product...

2. Confusing interface
A: If all you like is big pretty buttons, then yes, buy Roxio's product. This by far has more features and options, and the interface is simple once you TAKE the time to learn it.

3. Can't burn VCD's
A: Again, not true. Create a video cd and make sure the video files you are burning are mpeg layer 1's. If not, there are thousands of free programs that convert to that format.

4. Doesn't work
A: You didn't set it up correctly

Overall this is a great product. Don't like people who don't take the time or patience with it sway you. It's the best burning product out there.

5-0 out of 5 stars From skeptical to greatly satisfied!
Ok. I never buy from the internet. I don't trust it! I decided to give this seller and Amozon a try figured it would be worth the investment to determine if one could actually purchase a product from the web and get what you paid for.

I waited less then expected for my software to arrive. When it did arive the package was new and orderly. In fact I was given a freebee, which I verry much appreciated! Everything felt right. Installed it with no real problems. Now you couldn't hold me back from buying from Amazon and especially this seller again. They will be my first choice to search before I go anywhere else!

Nothing else to say but, Thank you!

1-0 out of 5 stars Not very good
I purchased this item because I expected a full featured burner, but what I got was a program that gives me a message stating that it will only work with the cd-rom unit it was bundled with. I bought this as a stand-alone program, but evidently this was meant to be given FREE with the purchase of a cd-rw unit.
I didn't expect this to happen buying from Amazon.com, but now I know different and will confine my software purchases to one of the many local sellers. ... Read more


35. MusicMatch Jukebox 7.0 Deluxe
list price: $29.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000063CWZ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Musicmatch
Sales Rank: 2668
Average Customer Review: 3.93 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, well-rounded product
MusicMatch Jukebox 7.0 is an excellent product. It has made vast improvements over the earlier versions in interface and abilities, like ripping and cd burning. It is very easy to use and organize, and has a smooth and customizable interface. The cd burning extension included is very seamless and can be used for data, mp3, and music cds; I use MMJB for ALL of my cd burning, after mediocre experiences with EasyCD and Nero Burning ROM. However, if you need a digital music editor, this is not one, so do not buy it for editing purposes. It maintains a small window, (which is, of course, expandable for seeing larger portions of the playlist) while still having great functionality. The playlist and control bars can be resized or even detached and moved around the screen to your liking. I haven't used the radio feature very much, and so have no comments on it, but if you need an inexpensive, easy to use cd burning program and a great music player, you should definitely buy MMJB.

4-0 out of 5 stars Must Be The MusicMatch
If I had to sum up this software in one word it would be - "Wow". From the minute I purchased it I was completely blown away! If you love technology and music as much as I do, then this is the software for you. You can convert your own music collection into MP3 files with the great of ease. To make things a little easier for yourself I would suggest that you sign on the Internet first to allow the computer to look up the name of the CD, artist, tracks, year, and cover art for your CD. When you place the CD into the CD drive you can review what songs you would like to place on your hard drive, check off the tracks (in the record mode), then covert. It does take practice on how to do this but once you get the swing of it becomes very easy. If your want to get advanced, you can also "tag" each track with additional information like mood, situation, tempo, etc. By breaking it down with such a great level of detail you can have better control of how you want to hear your music based on just a tempo, mood or whatever. Believe me when I say how wonderful it is to have the ability to listen to any kind of music at any given time without having to look for CDs anymore. I just go to my computer click on what songs I want to hear for that particular moment, and just relax. What completely won me over with this software is the fact that you can make CDs and covers effortlessly and quickly. My friends are very impressed with my finished CDs when I come to their homes with complication music for their parties and gatherings. They have a professional finish and wonderful flawless sounds from one track to the next. The magic of this software does not just stop at making music tracks from your CD collection. You can also create voice tracks by hooking up a mic to your computer, or you can hook up your stereo to make old records or tapes into MP3 files. I can go on and on, with what I have done with my MusicMatch but I am sure you get the point by now - just get it you will love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product... versatile and easy to use
I have been a MusicMatch user since version 4, so maybe I am one up on new users, but I find that this program is spectacular! A lot of people have written reviews stating that they can't play songs in order by track number... these people need to open their eyes! MusicMatch allows you to list many different aspects of the tagging information in your library listing (just double click on the library window to edit), among them are MP3 encoding bit rate (so you know what quality the MP3 is) and track number.
If you want to list your songs by track number, you can do it by simply clicking the arrow at the top of the column. If you want to list your MP3s by artist, each of the artist's albums, and by track order within each album, just click the sort arrow at the top of each column in THAT order! How simple is that?
This newest version has a lot of other wonderful features too, such as supper tagging and file renaming (to create standardized file names). It also continues to use MusicMatch's wonderful album-art-as-part-of the-tag feature! I love this! Everytime I listen to an MP3, the album art is displayed on-screen as I listen. This is especially fun when I rip MP3s from old 7" singles, and scan in the original covers! :)
MusicMatch is also fast and reliable: if the error-correction feature is enabled, it will notify you if it had trouble encoding something, which will allow you to verify the quality of THAT encode, without having to double check all of them.
I admit that it is a little big and boxy, but it CAN be minimized during playback, and there are a LOT of easy-to-download skins that are smaller and less boxy than the default skin (frankly, I like BLOOP, but I miss the Paisley skins from versions 4 and 5).
For less than 15 bucks, this product is REALLY fantastic... and if you purchase the lifetime upgrade key, you need never worry about not having the latest version! A+++++!!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars don't get it!!! trust me...and read this
note: if i could give it negative stars i would have given a -5!
When i got it i thought it would be awesome. I realised the problem right away...
When you add tracks to your music library, the tracks are put into alphabetical order. I HATE this. There is no way around it. FOr example: the cd tommy by "the who" has to be played in a certain order for you to understand the story (it's a rock opera if you dind't know) in alphabetical order, it's all messed up. Musicmatch also looks ugly, and is very clunky. I am not a mac person, but i would say that itunes is FAR superior to musicmatch. save yourself the money and download itunes for free. It is SOOOOOOO much better. You'll agree with me if you see both. (trust me)

1-0 out of 5 stars The worst of 3 different CD-burning programs I've owned.
Despite the overall positive reviews you'll see here, BUYER BEWARE. This software is by far the least user-friendly and most cumbersome CD burning program I've owned. Eventually I had no problems learning how to rip and burn CDs, but it still requires too many steps and clicks to get to the action.

My complaints largely center around 2 issues: Burning data CDs and storing track lists. Burning data CDs is truely a pain in the arse using MusicMatch. Programs such as this should have simple drag-and-drop options. But if you're trying to update a data file already on the CD-R, it is not that easy -- it requires extra steps to manually delete the old versions of your data. I have many many data CD-Rs for both work and home, and burning/updating them was an extraordinarily burdensome process.

In regards to saving track lists, I'm an audiophile, and I prefer listening to stored tracks in their original track listing order. If you prefer this too, do not buy MusicMatch. It can only store tracks by name (alphabetically), and does not allow you to listen to the tracks in album track # order. This makes listening to classical, jazz, or any other instrumental album really undesirable. It also makes burning music CDs a pain, because you have to drag-and-drop each track in the desired order. This should be automatic! Freeware like Real Player even lets you store tracks in album listing order...Why not this? Ugh. ... Read more


36. SYMANTEC Norton SystemWorks 2004 (Windows)

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Asin: B0000C8Y0W
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 1004
Average Customer Review: 2.08 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Features Norton AntiVirus 2004 for better defense against online dangers
  • Keep your passwords secure and manageable with Norton Password Manager 2004
  • Norton Utilities is a full set of tools that keeps your system running at its best
  • Norton CleanSweep gets rid of the clutter that slows down your PC
  • Norton GoBack Peronal Edition restores older, healthy configurations in case of a crash

Reviews (96)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good virus scanning, same old Norton utils, bad password mgr
I should give this 2-stars, but overall the product suite is generally easy to use and has many useful features.

The virus scanning just works. If you are upgrading from an older version with an active subscription, expect some hassle in getting NOrton to extend your subscription. I eventually got mine extended.

The utilities are basically the same ones that have been around for the last 5 years. But I got this for the password manager. BUYER BEWARE! Although the pwd manager seems somewhat easy to use, it is FAR FROM PERFECT. It frequently fails to fill in web page usernames and passwords that I have told it about before. I have had to reset the manager many times, retraining it each time for all web sites that I login to. When it works, it is great. But if you intend to rely upon this as a "set it and forget it" type of product, then be forewarned. Keep your old passwords and usernames around even after you start using this. You will likely need to type them in again.

3-0 out of 5 stars Sticking With It
I have used Norton products for the past few years and have been very satisfied. It is for this reason that I decided to stay with Norton when I updated my utilities suite. Shortly after installing SystemWorks 2004, I started having problems with my computer. The time it took for my computer to boot up seemed to double. I received several error messages regarding Windows and, finally, Windows wouldn't start at all. I had to re-install my operating system (Windows XP). I had problems printing, programs would hang, CDs and DVDs wouldn't run correctly, and the music I had downloaded to my computer several months ago wouldn't play properly. There is nothing wrong with my computer; it's not even a year old yet and it is a powerful system. I had everything checked on it just to be sure and the computer itself is fine.

It took a while to figure it out but Norton Antivirus seems to be the culprit. No matter what settings I use, the computer will not operate properly as long as Norton Antivirus is enabled. I have finally got to the point where I can go online and work on one or two documents with the antivirus enabled, but usually I have to disable it for the computer to work as it should. Playing CDs or DVDs, or listening to music is not possible with the antivirus enabled. Of course, with Norton disabled, that means I can't go online; that just wouldn't be safe. So, I have to completely disconnect (remove the plug from the computer itself) from the Internet and then disable Norton for everything to run smoothly.

I'm not a computer whiz so I don't know exactly what the problem is but I have learned to work around it. I thought about switching to McAfee but I truly don't believe McAfee is as good a product as Norton. Norton Utilities works like a charm when it comes to finding and fixing system and disk problems. Norton Cleansweep is great at removing unneeded files. I access the internet through my cable service so I don't need Connection Keep Alive which prevents dropped dial-up connections. As for Password Manager, I don't keep any personal, confidential information on my computer, not even passwords. Nothing is foolproof so if a hacker does manage to get to my computer, he won't find anything interesting. And even though Norton Antivirus is giving me problems, I still think it is a great tool at finding and removing threats from your PC.

I'm hoping that Norton will be able to work out the glitches with SystemWorks 2004 and that everything will be back on track for SystemWorks 2005. In the meantime, I'm just living with a slow computer and a few hassles.

1-0 out of 5 stars Can't Use My USB Card Reader Anymore
I have Norton Systemworks 2003 and it worked well on my XP computer. Tried to install Sytemworks 2004 3 times and everytime, I could not use my USB card reader anymore. I do not have the time to fiddle with the settings to get this to work. I cannot even just install the Antivirus portion only without it uninstalling the entire Systemworks 2003 and not just updating the Antivirus. I am now back to 2003 and wondering if I should go with McAfee.

1-0 out of 5 stars WARNING!!!
This software conflicts with Easy CD DVD Creator 6, but to find that out is not easy. After six hours on the phone (mostly spent waiting), their tech support finally revealed this. Read other reviews on the 'net!! Installation of both on your computer may corrupt registry files!! I had to re-format the drive and re-install software. Then, when trying to re-activate NSW 2004, the fun began with their lack of support. Repeated attempts by Symantec to re-activate the software have been 100% unsuccessful. Both Symantec customer and tech 'support' are basically unavailable due to high load. Extremely frustrating to deal with. I am switching to McAfee and hoping for the best.....

5-0 out of 5 stars Great program
This is the best program I have ever purchased. I have 5 computers and it keeps them all at their best performance. I have never had any problems. Don't listen to the person that said there is a W32.SymantecNSW2004Pro.Worm. That's 100% grade A B/S. It's a resault of a lack of real computer knowledge. I searched multiple virus databases including mcafee, symantec, and 25 others and I found NO REAL VIRUS! That is a hoax. There used to be a supposed virus that put itself in your windows folder. It had an icon of a teddy bear and was named setdebug. You delete that file and you are gonna have of heck of a time trying to fix it, thats a required system file. So don't listen to every non-since thing you hear and do the reasearch yourself. As for all you McAfee people lookin' to switch, this is a good choice. I fix computers for my friends all the time, I have had to wipe 5 viruses off Daves computer. You know why? He uses McAfee, updates it every week. I'm sorry to say but McAfee just isn't as good protection. Only virus probelms I have ever encountered are on McAfee users. And another thing, I bought a new Dell about 4 months ago. System works found and fixed over 200 errors, fresh out of the box! No joke, Mcafee came on it sucked way more memory than Norton. My old win 98 was faster (p3 733mhz vs. p4 2.8ghz) thats sad. With norton that thing is runing a lot faster, without it I would have been screwed. If your having memory problems, uses START -> Run -> msconfig and download adaware (http://www.lavasoftusa.com/) and run some scans with clean sweep and One button checkup. Don't let other people tell you lies about products, get your info from a relyable source and always check it. ... Read more


37. FarStone Virtual Drive Utility and Burning Suite
list price: $59.99
our price: $54.99
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Asin: B00069T628
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Farstone Tech
Sales Rank: 4350
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Features

  • World's most complete CD/DVD Utility
  • Run games & programs without the CDs/DVDs
  • Run programs up to 340 times faster
  • Burn copies of anything to CD/DVD

38. Photostory on TV 2004
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B000092P3S
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Magix Entertainment
Sales Rank: 2268
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Features

  • Transfer digital images onto CD or DVD
  • Import almost any format of image, movie, or sound
  • Easy storyboard mode
  • 24-bit image editing with 40 effects
  • Integrated media library included

39. CD Stomper Pro Labeling System

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Asin: B00002SA8D
Catlog: Software
Publisher: STOMP INC
Sales Rank: 743
Average Customer Review: 2.59 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Stomp's CD Stomper Pro Labeling System is CD-labeling software offering stand-alone design and print utilities, not just templates. Print alignment and registration are built in, so you are guaranteed quality labels every time. CD Stomper Pro provides 1270 predesigned artwork samples and enables you to create curved, angled, arched, and drop-angle text. This application supports multiple file formats for importing images, including JPEG, TIFF, BMP WMF, PCX, and EPS. CD Stomper Pro also supports both CD Label and Jewel Case Insert Design. It works with both PC and Macintosh platforms. ... Read more

Reviews (17)

5-0 out of 5 stars If you like making creative CD labels this is it!
I have been using Stomp for my labeling needs for a long time now and though I have not tried other products I highly recomend this one. The interface is very easy to work with and allows you to import other JPEG or BTMP images to your labels to truly customize and create unique CD labels.

The more you play around with this the more ways you can find to transfer and manipulate your images. Lately I have been grabbing images off the net, manipulating them in Paint and copy/paste them to my Stomp template. It also comes with a fairly extensive library of images, but you will find that want to move beyond them soon. I did find it easier at first to print out all the images that come with the program so that I could look at my choices without opening and closing windows. The applicator that you use to get the label onto the CD is pretty much fool proof and one of the most imporatnt aspects of creating good functional CD labels. If they go on crooked you will have problems with playback.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for the CD hobbyist
For very low volume labeling of CDs there probably is no better solution than this system. With it, you will be able to label your CDs in a handicraft kind of way that will largely satisfy. Especially for the home hobbyist or giftmaker, it will be surprising how good the finished products from this system will look. Throw in the modest pricetag and you've got a genuine argument for buying this product.

There are difficulties, however.

First, the preferred kind of CD labels--those included with the package and made by CD Stomper--have adhesive not entirely harmonious with the Memorex brand of CD-R's. Long term, the instruction manual warns you, the adhesive may become less sticky on the Memorex CD-R's surface.

Second, the software is a memory hog. You've really gotta empty your system tray before you run it. Unless you have something over 40% of system resources free, you won't be able to preview graphical elements. Worse, you may think that the graphic element is going to print, but then it doesn't, making you waste labels. When system resources drop extremely low, merely attempting to use the "insert Graphics" command will make the software crash. Repeatedly. (By contrast Corel Draw had little difficulty functioning properly in a system resource-poor environment, despite being a much more fully-functioned editing package. Clearly, this is not the world's most robust program.)

Third, the software isn't so revolutionary that you care to try to re-run it after it crashes. While it makes the process of CD labeling more convenient, I'd rather just have a template to use in concert with more serious--and more stable--graphical software, like Illustrator or CorelDraw. Nothing this software does can't be done ten times better by full-featured graphic editors.

And fourth, should CDs labelled with this product come into contact with moisture, the label will be adversely affected. This isn't exactly the fault of the good people at Stomp--it's symptomatic of anything printed on an inkjet printer--but it's worth mentioning that people trying to make more professional labels would be advised to choose other solutions.

Now, having said all this, I would still definitely recommend the product for its intended audience. Home users will enjoy this software. Most people could probably make attractive labels within 30 minutes of installing the software. The interface *is* intuitive and convenient. The artwork included for backgrounds is in many cases actually stunning. As long as you give the software plenty of system resources to work with, and can accept the potential impermanence of your labels, you'll probably find little fault with this product.

1-0 out of 5 stars CD Stomper (non)Pro
I tried for hours to get this back software to work. I have a G5 with OS X. The software install states that instillation was suckessful, but it doesn't come close to working!

The Website is totally useless.

If you buy this completely horrible product you deserve what you get.

Compusa owes me for carry such worthless junk.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good program
I've been using this program for a couple months now and came to Amazon to look for label refils, and I happened across this page with some really bad reviews. I just wanted to add my two cents. I haven't had problem one since I used this program. I, too, am using Win XP. Photo browswer works fine. No crashes. Interfaces with XP with great awesominity.
I dunno what the deal is. They might have come up with a newer version of the software. I'm using 4.8.23 and it works just hunky dory. I import my own graphics after I make them, although 'import' makes it some complex. All I do is browse for it and it's there.
Anyway, works great.

1-0 out of 5 stars The latest version still doesn't work
I downloaded the latest and "greatest" version (4.8.2) of Click'n Design 3D for the CD Stomper. The photo browser STILL doesn't work on my Windows XP Home Edition system.

Do they even bother to test their software before releasing it??

Stay away from CD Stomper! ... Read more


40. Music Maker DeLuxe 2004
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B000092P2V
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Magix Entertainment
Sales Rank: 4018
Average Customer Review: 1.71 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (7)

4-0 out of 5 stars They must know something
Look... If you need software to CREATE music but have no skills with music production, instruments or stuff then this is your tool. It's easy, it's fun and it's cheap, I'm 16 and on a parental buget so cheap is good. Loop based music arrangements like that old Sonic Foundry Acid program but cheaper and easier. I can use mp3 files, CD files, MIDI files and even video. I can even create a website with the software. Created a song in under 5 minutes, I added video later and I can't say enough about it.

I am hooked... this almost makes it to easy.

The only thing that is lame is that the mp3 encoder is extra. no biggie. I say if your into music you need this program.

3-0 out of 5 stars read the insructions and clear your memory ...!!!!!!
If you are crashing....Music Maker Deluxe is my secret weapon, Music Maker Deluxe 2004 (MMD 2004) coupled with 2 other programs I currently use, are proving to be a winning combination for me. Those who have listened to the beats I am pounding out using MMD 2004 are astonished by the layered arrangements and effects this program gave me. Anyone out there who builds beats from scratch and limits their sampling would be impressed with this application. The virtual instruments are cool......bottom line!!!! Even the sampling savy "beat pirates" out there would enjoy this program. It works on my vaio buddy.....LOL The people that will have problems with this program don't read instructions and have too much porn saved to their hard-drive!!!!!!! I'm out

1-0 out of 5 stars This was a huge no no
This is not only (much like music maker generation 7) highly unstable but pretty useless on both my of my Sony Vaios (Computer Brand). Do not waste your money on this program it was a great disapointment because the crash ratio was higher them the running time.Even after cleaning my memory (as stated in the instructions)it crashed just as bad on both my Pentium 4 and my Athlon.Not only did it crash alot but the program effects broads, such as the guitar effects, need to be updated or done away with. They constintly errored out and most effects that was advertised on the box just plain out did not work. Stick with Sonic Foundry or final cut 4 both are alot better programs to work with.

1-0 out of 5 stars I do better using built-in Win apps and CD Burn software
I do better using the built-in Windows multimedia applications and the 'Nero' burner and wave editing software that was bundled with my CD burner. This was the MOST disappointing purchase I have ever made in my life. Nothing on the box even HINTS at the license agreement restrictions, which requires you to upgrade to a 'pro' (or 'royalty free') product if you don't want to include something similar to 'Created via MAGIX' in anything you publish, even the FREE stuff (either that or violate the license agreement), regardless of whether or not you use any of the samples. Further, I couldn't even load a simple MIDI file without the application CHANGING THE TEMPO and as well as all of the patch information in the process. So after converting the MIDI file to '.wav' format (using the windows application 'sndrec32' and the media player, like I usually do) I then added this track as #1, and started trying to add extra tracks, only to find out that the ONE feature that would have made this valuable was missing: NO 'per channel' graphic equalizers! And the "tone control" (not even a graphic EQ) had only 3 levels for bass, mid and treble! Even the free software that came with my CD Burner (namely, Nero Wave Editor) has a multi-band graphic EQ in it (and you can even change the frequencies for each band). So much for "effects". I was completely dissatisfied. I immediately uninstalled it and looked on the box for "money back guarantee" so I could return it. And you know what? There's no money back guarantee. (...).

1-0 out of 5 stars If you already have version 7, DON'T GET THIS
I am a frequent user of Music Maker 7 Deluxe, and it is better on so many levels than this its insane. I was very stoked to buy this product when I heard it had guitar modelling and all the great features in 7 enhanced. BUT, I bought it and realized they took out some of my favorite drum sounds, which worked the best for rock (I am a drummer who likes to make rock music in MM). In addition, there are tons of bugs, crashes, and other annoyances to worry about. The guitar modelling is difficult to use and doesn't really sound like guitar (although its better than what you had before.) The interface is also worse than before. I am very disappointed and pray to god that a patch comes out so my 60 bucks isn't wasted. I will do all my music making in version 7, and maybe use 2004 dlux as a 60-dollar compressor. I'm very ticked right now. ... Read more


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