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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

There Are 8 Comments

  1. Awesome, going to be using this one on my windows machine. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. I’d like to recommend to anyone that wants a brain-dead simple, free, lightweight, and well-featured burning application to search the net for “Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 Free”, specifically version 6.61. I say specifically that version because the newer 6.62 has been changed drastically, going from an excellent free application to a crippled shareware-like program begging you to purchase the full version. However, version 6.61 is indeed very nice; unlike BurnAware Free above it can copy discs directly, create encrypted and compressed backups of your files that can be easily restored, burn MP3/OGG/FLAC/WMA files to a standard Audio CD, and rip music to MP3/WMA among other things.

    Remember the latest version of this application is crippled…the older install file you want to Google for is “ashampoo_burningstudio661_free.exe”. Just make sure during install to uncheck “Register fullversion” and during first start to uncheck the “Ashampoo News” and “Updates” service channels. The program has no time limit and does NOT need to be registered whatsoever – doing do will subject you to endless spam from Ashampoo. I found that out by experience.

    I know this sounds a bit like a sales pitch, but as a tech it took me a long time to find a really well polished and featured burning app that was free, easy for most users to understand, and wasn’t bloated like Nero. This app also works portable too if you copy the installed directory to a USB drive.

  3. I just tried BurnAware for the first time and I am left unimpressed. It seemed a bit sluggish and really bare bones. I prefer CDBurnerXP which I found out about through CyberNet. This offers some better features, is intuitive to navigate, and is more responsive.

    I was making an MP3 CD through BurnAware and was surprised that there wasn’t an option to save the compilation. I couldn’t believe it! That is such a standard thing and this program was missing it. I guess in some cases, you get what you pay for. :mrgreen:

  4. moopenguin32 wrote:
    I just tried BurnAware for the first time and I am left unimpressed. It seemed a bit sluggish and really bare bones. I prefer CDBurnerXP which I found out about through CyberNet. This offers some better features, is intuitive to navigate, and is more responsive.

    It is of course meant to be a simple application since they offer paid solutions that do more. I think BurnAware Free is nice for users who don’t burn much, but I agree that CDBurnerXP is more powerful.

  5. Wait… does CDBurnerXP do DVD’s? I don’t think so but then again I haven’t started it in a long while.

  6. Pieter wrote:
    Wait… does CDBurnerXP do DVD’s? I don’t think so but then again I haven’t started it in a long while.

    I just looked at their website and it does not do DVDs. Maybe some day it will.

  7. Pieter wrote:
    Wait… does CDBurnerXP do DVD’s? I don’t think so but then again I haven’t started it in a long while.

    First sentence on their site:
    “CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs.”

  8. Ryan wrote:
    Pieter wrote:
    Wait… does CDBurnerXP do DVD’s? I don’t think so but then again I haven’t started it in a long while.

    First sentence on their site:
    “CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs.”

    Somehow I missed that. I was just looking at the menus that do not mention buring DVDs. Glad to hear that it does.

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