Toast 5.0 Titanium review: Toast 5.0 Titanium

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CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
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The Good Extremely intuitive interface; packs in many worthwhile extras, including ability to print jewel case covers.

The Bad The included MP3 and image files require 100MB.

The Bottom Line Toast 5.0 sets the standard for Mac CD and DVD recording. You can't afford not to try it.

CNET Editors' Choice Dec '01

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Buy a CD-R/RW drive for your Mac nowadays, and an older version of Roxio Toast probably comes free with it. So why should you pony up $89 for version 5.0 of this popular CD-burning software? Count the reasons: a shiny new interface, background disc burning so that you can do other work simultaneously, DVD burning, and burning MP3s to CDs--to name a few. In fact, Toast 5.0 fills just about every CD- or DVD-recording need.Buy a CD-R/RW drive for your Mac nowadays, and an older version of Roxio Toast probably comes free with it. So why should you pony up $89 for version 5.0 of this popular CD-burning software? Count the reasons: a shiny new interface, background disc burning so that you can do other work simultaneously, DVD burning, and burning MP3s to CDs--to name a few. In fact, Toast 5.0 fills just about every CD- or DVD-recording need.

The basics at your fingertips
Toast makes it a cinch to dive right into the three most popular types of recording: storing data, burning music CDs from your audio library, and copying CDs. Toast's start screen labels each of these three functions with big buttons. A fourth button, called Other, lets you create nearly any other kind of recording, including MP3 discs that you can play on your portable player, Mac volumes, DVDs recorded from a DVD player or movie editing app, digital slide shows, or disc images--snapshots of all the data on your drive.

To create data or music discs, simply drag your data or music files from the hard drive into the main Toaster window. There, rearrange the file order and click Preview to listen to your music. Next, insert a disc into your drive and press the Record button. (Copying discs is just as easy: insert the target and destination discs and press Record.)

As of this writing, Roxio hadn't yet released a final upgrade for OS X users. A preview release is available from the Roxio site for Toast owners, but it isn't fully featured. (Roxio plans to release an OS X version but has no official timeline.)

Cool utilities
This CD burner performs like a dream, thanks to some cool helper tools. The app's Check Speed tool (in the Tools/Utility menu) tests tracks on music CDs to help you identify the fastest available recording speed. Check Speed is especially useful because if your CD recorder runs faster than your player, it might corrupt your music.

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