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Burn for Mac

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Burning data, music, and videos to a disc saves space and allows use of media on the go. Burn for Mac is a capable and free alternative to native programs, albeit with a simple interface and limited features.

Burn for Mac doesn't require any upgrades in order to function. The small download was quick and we had no difficulty installing the program. Instructions and support are lacking, but the program's interface was fairly intuitive for those who have experience using other types of disc-burning software. File names may be manually inputted, but there is also a welcome drag-and-drop method included. Large buttons are labeled with the different categories of discs to burn, as well as functions for copying CDs and DVDs. Unfortunately, there seemed to be no way to rearrange CD tracks. Features are limited to burning discs for data, audio, and video, which is what one would expect for a freeware program. Although the program has few output format choices, the options available are sufficient for most uses. The process of burning CDs is simple, and the resulting discs played effectively.

For those who don't have or want to use native software programs for burning discs, Burn for Mac, while simple, is an effective freeware program.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.1 stars

    out of 32 votes

    • 5 star: 20
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current version:

    3.1 stars

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Garbage. Don't get burned by Burn."

    September 11, 2012  |   By bluesiest

    Version: Burn 2.5.1

    Pros

    Free... and you get what you pay for.

    Cons

    I used Burn to duplicate an audio CD. All seemed to go well: When I loaded the newly burned CD-R back into my MacBook Pro, the original track list appeared in iTunes with correct titles and times. So far so good. But during playback every track was completely silent. Huh? And yes, my iTunes and OS volumes were up. I even tried the CD-R on a stand alone disc player hooked up to my stereo. Same effect: silence while the track played.

    Summary

    Burn represents the internet's biggest drawback: too much noise and not enough signal. After researching some forums for freeware, spending time tracking down this particular program, downloading it, installing it, figuring out the basics and trying it out... well, the effort just wasn't worth the product's utter and absolute failure. Instead of wasting zero time and just dropping a relatively nominal amount of money on a proven product like Toast, I went the cheap route and got what I deserved: wasted hours. Is your time valuable? No? Then Burn is perfect for you!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't burn dvd's that work on dvd player"

    August 13, 2012  |   By cvs1988

    Version: Burn 2.5.1

    Pros

    It's free... that's it's ONLY pro

    Cons

    Cannot edit playlists or order of any items within the program. I tried burning a dvd to play on my girlfriend's dvd player. Movie burned successfully and I'm able to play it on my computer, but all three dvd players I tried it on would not play dvd (including my playstation 3 which supports more styles of dvds). I tried again with another dvd and changed the settings slightly thinking I may have used the wrong settings, but still it would not play.

    Summary

    Save your time and discs and do not download!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Stay away from this"

    August 7, 2012  |   By mj3078

    Version: Burn 2.5.1

    Pros

    No cost except for wasted DVD's.

    Cons

    Poor quality DVD's.

    Summary

    I had just purchased a new imac with Lion. After creating an imovie for my granddaughters softball team I went to burn the movie onto 12 separate DVD's. One for each player. Thats when I discovered imac no longer bumdles idvd on imacs. I needed to get this done in a short time so I needed a quick fix. I thought that Burn would be the answer. WRONG. Of the 12 DVD's I burned, 12 had some sort of problem. Each one either wouldn't play at all in a standard DVD player or the video skipped and jumped all through the video. I had wasted 12 DVDs. After lots of research I purchased Toast titanium 11 and it works perfectly. Reburned all the DVD's in Toast and not one single complaint. You really get what you pay for. Burn is free for a reason.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works well for what I wanted"

    May 18, 2012  |   By EllieWest

    Version: Burn 2.5.1

    Pros

    Needed something that allowed me to rearrange some tracks for a CD. Worked exactly as I needed.
    I was in need of a program that allowed me to easily copy CDs for a computer illiterate friend - I think I found it.

    Cons

    None noticed. Have not tried DVD capabilities.

    Summary

    Simple UI. Rearranging of tracks very doable and easy (drag and drop). Simple and easy to use. And free. Perfect for my needs.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "decent burning, worst track-arranging interface ever."

    March 24, 2012  |   By wubakia

    Version: Burn 2.5.1

    Pros

    does ok at the actual cd burning part

    Cons

    As someone else mentioned, Burn has zero flexibility on the track arranging screen. you can't rearrange tracks you have dragged into the project, and even though there is a function to remove tracks from the list, it doesn't work. so you actually have to close the program and open it again if you want to remove something from the list or start a new list. For such a simple thing, this drawback is completely stupid and amateurish!

    Summary

    I downloaded the program about a half hour ago and found this simple shortcoming so stupid, I decided to take the time to write this review. This program is probably perfect for copying a cd, where the track list is already set.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Very Shoddy"

    March 17, 2012  |   By Psilocybe38

    Version: Burn 2.5.1

    Pros

    Accessible user-friendly UI
    Supports a decent range of file types(this could be a con as well)
    Lightweight

    Cons

    Many frustrating errors, it crashes a bit too often for my liking, and it seems to be missing some absolutely critical features to making a decent burning app.

    -Can't re-order tracks
    -Can't remove a track once you've added it (ya, that means if you accidentally add a wrong track to the cd you're burning, you gotta start all over)
    -Can't re-name tracks
    -Many advanced features for burning video are missing-Aspect ratio options, subtitle tracks(srt.), hardcoding subs, etc

    Summary

    overall, pretty disappointing after reading so many 5 star reviews. This is a bush-league app, and if its open source, they need to get some more developers to do it right.

    I must say however, its better than iTunes, which I despise

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Lacking file type support hurts it."

    February 18, 2012  |   By gimamonk

    Version: Burn 2.5.1

    Pros

    Nice user interface, very simple.
    Nice small file size.

    Cons

    Insufficient file type support.
    Not enough advanced menu options to modify aspect ratio.

    Summary

    Good program with an easy user interface, but its insufficient input file types hurts its usability.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Didn't fit my needs."

    February 18, 2012  |   By valpospartan

    Version: Burn 2.5.1

    Pros

    It was free.

    Cons

    I couldn't copy a CD easily, so I uninstalled.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works like a charm!"

    September 7, 2011  |   By cedickson1

    Version: Burn 2.5.1

    Pros

    Very simple to use. Powerful conversions. Very fast.

    Cons

    None that I have found.

    Summary

    Excellent free software. I started using this program because iTunes is no longer user-friendly. You'll love it too!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works Good"

    July 5, 2011  |   By ovingiv999

    Version: Burn 2.5.1

    Pros

    It works good for c.d. and burning DVDs.

    Cons

    ( FOR ME) Doesn't work on a PS3 but I still need to test if it will work on my DVD player.

    Summary

    Its a great app for mac users like me!!

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