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    CD Burning and M3U lists

    Hello,

    I've upgraded my computer recently and now I can't get my old version of Nero 5.5 to work with the new DVD drive. I've writent o Nero support supplying technical information using one of their tools and got a reply stating that "it seems" my drive isn't supported. I would have thought they should have been able to give me a definite answer. Anyway, I looked at the demo of the latest version and don't really fancy paying for a lot of stuff I have no real need for. What I need is:

    1) The ability to burn CDs and DVDs
    2) The ability to drop an m3u list onto the software and have it create the CD ready to burn (something that Nero does do)
    3. Some kind of cover creator - to ease making inlays and track listings.

    The first two options are a must the third a strong requirement but not an absolute essential. Does anyone know of any software that meets these requirements. I'd want to try it out a demo first. So far I've tried out cdburnerXP which is supposed to support m3u lists but doesn't. This was a pity as I was quite taken with cdburnerxp otherwise. I also had a go with the old Ashampoo offering which was mentioned here recently but that didn't seem to support m3u lists either.

    Does anyone know of a burner that supports m3u lists?

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    Chris (Hunt)

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    Re: CD Burning and M3U lists

    Cah,

    See this thread here: Ashampoo Burning Studio 6.5 for FREE. Although the FREE offer has expired as of June 21st, you can still download version 7.x as a trial. I think Ashampoo Burning Studio will do all that you require and more except create label/covers. I and a few others here have tried this alternative to Nero, which even looks similar to Nero, and found it to be nearly as good and in some respects better than Nero; never mind the cost factor is significantly better than Nero. <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/giggle.gif>
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    Re: CD Burning and M3U lists

    Hello, thanks for the reply. As I mentioned above I tried the free version and couldn't find a way to use m3u lists. Does anyone know if the latest version can actually do so? I'm trying to avoid installing demos unless I have some evidence that they do what I require. I want to keep my registry clean for as long as possible.

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    Re: CD Burning and M3U lists

    Sorry, but I don't have a clue what a "m3u list" is. <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30> I did a search in the Ashampoo Burning Studio Help section and it turned up nothing for "m3u". I would suggest sending an e-mail to Ashampoo Tech Support and ask them. I have limited experience contacting them, but the couple of times I did, I got a speedy and congenial response. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: CD Burning and M3U lists

    Thanks Jeff, an m3u list as I understand it is just a list of tracks and their physical locations eg:

    d:musica song.wav
    d:musicanother song.wav

    They can be made using a text editor like notepad and changing the file extension. Some software like Winamp can save favourite lists in this format. It's a useful way of creating a quick list of tracks to listen to, or if the burning software supports it, to burn. CDburnerXP is supposed to support m3u lists with non relative addresses but I couldn't get it to work. I just tried sending an email to Ashampoo but after filling out their form and hitting send I got a screen telling me that my message could not be sent and to try later. I went back in the browser and my message had been cleared. Not very encouraging.May give it another go, though.

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    Re: CD Burning and M3U lists

    Yahoo! Jukebox Plus Version will burn a CD from a playlist. No problem!

    This is what used to be MusicMatch Jukebox. I've been a longtime user of MMJB and frankly was very disappointed that they chose to migrate into the Yahoo! product. I was already a "Plus" user of the MMJB so I got the free switch to the Yahoo Plus version. I only mention that because I really do not know if the free version of the Yahoo! Jukebox will do what what you're asking...

    In my version, I can load up an m3u file and can chose to play it, edit it, share it, send it to a portable device, or burn it to a disc. (See snapshot) It also includes a label maker (though I have never used it and cannot vouch for it's functionality). I use a different product for creating labels... It seems that the ability to burn a disc from an m3u file was at the top of your wish list - and that part of the program works just fine. I just did it. Lastly, it's worth mentioning that the jukebox makes creating m3u files very simple (drag and drop simple).
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    Re: CD Burning and M3U lists

    Thanks for the link, I just can't imagine downloading and installing anything with a yahoo label. Call it prejudice, call it fear. <img src=/S/flee.gif border=0 alt=flee width=25 height=25>

    Actually, I just discovered that I can burn CDs from m3u lists using the Creative MediaSource Organiser that came with the Zen V Plus I got. That will burn audio CDs which is what I want the m3u lists for. I guess I was looking for an all in one solution that would also do data. If I use the Creative software I need to consider what other software to use to burn data and DVDs.

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    Re: CD Burning and M3U lists

    <img src=/S/ranton.gif border=0 alt=ranton width=66 height=37>
    I'm with you in regards to the Yahoo! label.

    I really liked the MusicMatch Jukebox, especially the earlier versions. It did an excellent job organizing the mp3 files and it produced good sound, which is ALL I wanted it to do. As future versions and "upgrades" were released, I just couldn't find a way to keep the $#@$# program off the internet. It was constantly transmitting back n forth. Nothing short of pulling the cable would stop it. And yes, I unticked everything and anything in the program options that would have required it to access the internet. I even had "Check for upgrades" turned off. $%#$@^, It spent more time accessing the internet than I did.

    The latest Yahoo! version is just as bad - maybe worse. I'm thinking of calling the folks at Yahoo! and asking them if I can borrow my computer for a little while. maybe they'll let me use it on the weekends. And another thing, MusicMatch insisted on keeping three processes running even after exiting the program. Yahoo! Jukebox does it too. I find myself doing a Ctrl+Alt+Del constantly just so I can shut down the programs I've already shut down. Oh, don't get me started...

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    Here's a program I use for making labels (when a permanent marker just isn't good enough <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>); It's called AudioLabel. Does just one thing and does it pretty well.
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    Re: CD Burning and M3U lists

    Re: DVD/CD labels. I finally got smart and bought an Epson Stylus Photo R200 printer a couple of years ago and have since replaced it with the R260, that prints directly to disc. So, I use Nero Cover Designer to create the case labels and Epson Print CD to create and print the actual disc labels. The results are awesome and no worries about the glue causing read/write problems, no having to center stick on labels, etc. <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/dance2.gif>
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