For 'ripping' vinyl and tape, read a recent discussion: http://forums.cnet.com/7723-7597_102-579712/what-s-the-simplest-way-i-can-convert-vinyl-records-to-mp3s/?messageId=5428337#message5428337
To burn cd etc try cdburnerxp (free download).
I have until recently been using Roxio CD Creator 2009 ultimate for burning CD compilations etc. but since buying a Windows 7 laptop I see that this is no longer compatible. I have checked out both the current versions of Roxio and Nero and see that the prices have soared - but that they now bundle all sorts of capabilities including photo/ video editing etc that I do not need.
My requirements are to be able to create compilations as before, but I would also like to be able to transfer some of my music collection from vinyl and cassette tape onto CD.
Can any members offer software recommendations that will meet these requirements without being 'over the top'? Previously I would have just upgraded, which was just about OK at £30 or so, but certainly not at £70 when much of the new functionality on offer will never be used.