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In March we covered two free CD/DVD/Blu-ray burning applications that pretty much amounted to everything you’d need. One of the programs, called BurnAware, was sold off a few months later to a company who scrapped the idea of offering a free version of the program. I had uploaded a mirror for the last free version, and over the last two months it’s been downloaded almost 1,500 times. That’s a good indication that peopled like the app, but not the price tag.

It’s not often that you see a program go from being free to paid, and then back to free, but that’s the path BurnAware has taken. The company offering the program still has a paid version available, but they have unveiled the no-cost BurnAware Free which supports all the basic operations most people need:

  • Create data and multisession CD/DVD/Blu-ray Discs
  • Create Audio CDs and jukebox CD/DVD/Blu-ray Discs
  • Create DVDs-Video
  • Create and burn disc images
  • Supports all current hardware interfaces (IDE/SCSI/USB/1394/SATA)
  • Supports UDF/ISO9660/Joliet Bridged file systems (any combination)
  • On-the-fly writing for all image types (no staging to hard drive first)
  • Auto-verification of written files
  • Supports CD-Text
  • Supports Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista (32 and 64 Bit), no drivers required

Go ahead and grab the free version before they change their minds, again! ;)

Download BurnAware Free for Windows