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Back in March we covered two free applications that could burn CD’s, DVD’s, and Blu-ray discs. BurnAware was one of my favorite solutions because it offered a no-brainer interface that nearly anyone could understand, and didn’t come bundled with a bunch of features you’d likely never use. A “Home Edition” was available for those that needed some additional functionality, but the free version did everything that I needed.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but BurnAware is no longer free. It appears that the software was sold off, and then transformed into three different versions: Express, Home, and Professional. The Express edition, which I assume is equivalent to the free edition, now costs $20 and the Professional version is $50.

It’s not often that we see free applications turn into a paid-only solution, and the last time I remember that happening was with FastStone Capture. Normally that sort of thing happens in reverse where a company figures out how they can offer their commercial application for free, which was the case with Newsgator. Oh well, I guess that’s the way the world turns.

I’ve uploaded BurnAware Free 1.3.1 to a mirror for anyone to download, which was the last free version made available (released in May 2008). It will still run just fine, but don’t expect to receive any updates.

BurnAware Free 1.3.1 Download Mirror
Thanks to the anonymous tipster!