Roxio Speeds CD Copying

By John Taschek  |  Posted 2003-03-10 Print this article Print

Roxio is raising the bar on CD and DVD duplication with the ambitious release of Easy CD and DVD Creator 6.

Roxio is raising the bar on CD and DVD duplication with the ambitious release of Easy CD and DVD Creator 6.

Roxio is targeting consumers with its tools, but there are enterprise uses for CD and DVD duplication. Organizations of all sizes need optical media backups of their data and programs as well as high-quality tools for burning and copying. Version 6 includes DVD building and burning capabilities, as well as an audio ripping option.

Roxio displays an applet that can launch the four major programs: Disc Copier, for creating backup CDs, VCDs and DVDs; AudioCentral, for ripping and burning audio CDs; DVD Builder, for creating DVDs; and Creator Classic, a "skin" of Roxios popular Easy CD Creator 5.

Roxios AudioCentral tool is best in its class in a highly competitive market. Its one of the fastest rippers Ive seen, and it can convert an entire CD to Windows Media or MP3 audio files in about 3 minutes on a Pentium 4 system. The Roxio video creation tool is also fast, and it supports a wide variety of CD and DVD burners.

Roxio ironed out the audio noise glitches that occur in competitive products when converting video files into VCDs. However, some users have reported inconsistent system slowdowns that they attributed to either Roxios AudioCentral tool or the drag-to-disk applet, both of which run in the background on the system tray. I did not experience these slowdowns.

Additional quirks include the lack of drag-and-drop support in Roxio Player, which is not a universal player, as anticipated, but a DVD player.

As you might expect, Roxios powerful suite isnt cheap: $99.95 for the boxed set or $79.95 (with a $10 discount) for the downloaded version.

As the director of eWEEK Labs, John manages a staff that tests and analyzes a wide range of corporate technology products. He has been instrumental in expanding eWEEK Labs' analyses into actual user environments, and has continually engineered the Labs for accurate portrayal of true enterprise infrastructures. John also writes eWEEK's 'Wide Angle' column, which challenges readers interested in enterprise products and strategies to reconsider old assumptions and think about existing IT problems in new ways. Prior to his tenure at eWEEK, which started in 1994, Taschek headed up the performance testing lab at PC/Computing magazine (now called Smart Business). Taschek got his start in IT in Washington D.C., holding various technical positions at the National Alliance of Business and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he and his colleagues assisted the government office with integrating the Windows desktop operating system with HUD's legacy mainframe and mid-range servers.

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