Burning software used to be an essential part of any computer owner’s arsenal and it still is where internet connectivity is an issue. The ability to write family memories or other videos to a DVD to share, the ability to burn music to a CD to play in the car, and the ability to rip from disks can also be important for establishing a backup collection to stream or play on a home theater PC.
Regardless of the reason you’re using it, you’ll want a program you can trust and that will stick with you for years to come. That’s where we come in.
There are a lot of different apps out there for each OS to get the job done. In this article, we’ll cover ten of the best disk burning applications across Windows, Mac, and Linux.
OS: Windows, Linux
ImgBurn is one of the best free disk burners out there. It’s kind of a do-all application. It can rip and burn any type of disk media you can imagine and all for free.
OS: Windows, Linux
Nero is the behemoth of disk ripping and burning, and it’s been around long enough to make quite a name for itself. Some complain that it’s a bit bulky, but you can choose which parts of the program to install or not.
Slysoft has different software to suit different needs. CloneCD will take care of CDS, and CloneDVD will take care of DVDs, Blu-Rays, etc. It’s pretty easy to use, and while the functionality is basic, people may appreciate its simplicity in getting the job done. For copying commercial movies, AnyDVD is available to bypass copy protection.
Alcohol 120% is every image utility in one. You can rip and burn CD/DVDs easily. It also includes mounting software to virtually mount your CD or DVD images.
Roxio Creator is the premium in disk burning software. There are video editing tools included that you can use to apply edits to videos before burning them. This one supports HD editing as well as burning to or reading from Blu-Ray.
Linux users need look no further than K3b. K3b is an amazing tool supporting all forms of media and a really sleek and simple interface. It’s pretty much the ultimate Linux open-source tool.
CDBurnerXP is great free software for Windows. It burns to all forms of media and is incredibly resource-friendly. Features are extremely limited, but if you need something just to read or write, it’ll more than do the trick.
Express Burn Plus
Price: $69.95, Free version available with limited functionality.
Express Burn Plus is solid software with a fairly minimal footprint that burns CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays. One of the only downsides to this one is that if you happen to need support, you need to purchase an additional support plan. You shouldn’t need it, however, so don’t be worried.
123 Copy DVD
123 Copy DVD is one of the highest rated burning software out there. The interface is sleek, and it’s incredibly easy to use, even for beginners. The only slight downside with this particular application is Blu-Ray functionality. You need to purchase an additional upgrade in order to gain access to Blu-Ray capability.
Our OS X friends out there have access to a wonderful open-source burning program called Burn. It’s extremely simple and easy to use, but powerful at the same time. Burn supports CD and DVD ripping and burning.
Did one of these apps help you out? Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below.