Anyone know a decent basic burning alternative, preferably with a full verify?
The main reason I use Nero is that it can systematically verify the disc contents against the source when it has finished, few other utilitities seem to have this feature.
Can someone also explain (following an earlier thread) why Music CD copies suffer degradation in copying (hence the need for specialist software to copy them) when Nero compares sector for sector in RAW mode copying?
I asked this very same question a few weeks ago at another forum. The alternatives that I was pointed were called:
Cheetah CD/DVD Burner, and DeepBurner. I tried both of them, and they are pretty lightweight programs, Cheetah seems to be very lightweight. I liked that about them. However, after using Nero for so long, I kind of miss all the features of Nero. There are certain things about the interface of Cheetah and DeepBurner that feel "cheap", nothing very important, but you know how picky we get here. I like Nero, but it's become way too bloated, it's very sad. That being said, I still use it, but like you, I'm looking for a satisfactory alternative. WHy do these software companies do this, it's so obnoxious. It's like they start doing something very well, which was their burning ROM. Now, they've thrown in everything and the kitchen sink. It's just annoying. If I'm not mistaken, Nero 7 is a 100 MB download now. That's just silly. Now, it has overlapping features with like 15 other programs I use, and of course, it does none of them all that well, except the Burning part. At least they've still allowed the custom installation, where you can pick which components to install, but they've kind of bungled that up also.
I don't know what commercial/business motivations make this trend so common in these popular applications, but as you know, it's rare for it not to happen. Software companies should stick to the "In 'n' Out" philosophy. You start off as a hamburger joint, with only like 5 things on the menu, get really popular, and still only have 5 things on the menu. Instead of bloating their menu, In n Out retains it's original philosophy, is still very successful, and still provides the best fast food burgers available. Have you seen the workers behind the counter there? There are like 15 people working like crazy back there in an area about half the size as a normal McDonalds work area, and all they are making are hamburgers and fries. It's genius.
As you can tell, it's almost lunchtime.