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Those that have recently switched to Mac from Windows often miss certain applications that aren't available on OS X. One of these is Nero for burning DVDs and CDs. Fear not however because there are alternatives to Nero on Mac to burn discs with.

Roxio Toast is the most comparable burning suite to Nero. Like Nero - which now calls itself a "multimedia suite" - Toast offers more than just burning including video and audio editing and even management of your TiVo recorded TV shows. You can also create hybrid discs with Roxio Toast that will work on both Macs and PC.

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SimplyBurns isn't as sophisticated as Roxio Toast but for simple burning tasks, it's perfect. SimplyBurns has a simple GUI which takes you step-by-step through the process of burning data, audio, copying, ripping and image burning. Best of all, unlike Toast it's completely free.

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Burn is probably the simplest of the lot. I use it regularly for basic burning because it's far easier and better than using OS X's in built Disk Utility, especially for burning ISO images. It's also excellent for burning video files as it gives you presets for VCD, SVCD, DVD-Video and DivX files meaning it does all the conversion and encoding for you. Oh, and it's free.

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Commented

  • Jay |
    09/01/11
    Jay

    Burns is pretty crap actually.

    Managed to not only completely change the order of the songs dragged into the window, but also mixed up the names of the tracks (which still didnt resemble the order they were dropped in)

    Will have to try the others first

  • Matt |
    13/02/11
    Matt

    Worked fine for me when I needed to make a VCD whick iDVD doesn't know how to. Burns formatted and burned it and it worked immediately in my DVD-player which I can't say of everything else I've burned.

  • ADD |
    21/03/11
    ADD

    I need nero for mac osx

  • STUART TAYLOR |
    27/03/11
    STUART TAYLOR

    I need nero for my mac osx where can i buy this from

  • Nick Mead |
    28/03/11
    Nick Mead

    @STUART TAYLOR, Nero is not available on Mac - hence why I wrote this post :)

  • Flu |
    07/04/11
    Flu

    Jay, why don't u use iTunes for audio burning?

  • Niknax |
    10/08/11
    Niknax

    Awesome, thanks for posting this link - very useful :-)

  • ed |
    16/08/11
    ed

    Does anyone know of an app that will allow disc overburn (90-min cd) on mac?

    Thanks in advance...

  • mirjan |
    25/09/11
    mirjan

    i can' download nero from this page

  • mirjan |
    25/09/11
    mirjan

    i can' download nero from this page

  • Brett |
    01/10/11
    Brett

    Toast, Burn, iDVD and several others I've downloaded just aren't working for me. All with different problems of one sort or another.

    Macs are great in general, but I'm unhappy they don't supply a standard burning software that does everything needed when you buy a $2500 machine.

  • James |
    03/11/11
    James

    just install windows on your mac and then install nero

  • Antonio |
    03/11/11
    Antonio

    How can I use ITunes to continue recording on a recorded CD that still has space? When I try to do that the itune asks for a virgin CD.

  • Nick Mead |
    03/11/11
    Nick Mead

    @Antonio, You need to check if your disc to Rewritable i.e. CD-RW not just CD-R. Secondly, you must ensure that when you burn the CD, you don't close the session in the options (usually by default, this option doesn't need changing as it's set to keep the disc burning session open).

  • nyundt_nyundt |
    30/11/11
    nyundt_nyundt

    i need nero for mac

  • Glen M. Danielsen |
    26/02/12
    Glen M. Danielsen

    I dearly miss Nero's beautifully simple interface. It made so much dang logical horse-sense. Now that I have switched to Mac, my only regret is having to dance with Roxio's yuk interface.

  • Glen M. Danielsen |
    26/02/12
    Glen M. Danielsen

    I dearly miss Nero's beautifully simple interface. It made so much dang logical horse-sense. Now that I have switched to Mac, my only regret is having to dance with Roxio's yuk interface.

  • sub2600 |
    02/03/12
    sub2600

    I don't get those who complain about switching to OS X and not being able to use Nero. As James says: Install Windows (7/XP not Vista) on your Mac and THEN INSTALL NERO. Since I added a Windows 7 partition my MBP became still more awesome - which I didn't think was possible.

  • CYNTHIA STERLING |
    26/02/13
    CYNTHIA STERLING

    I have a mac and use toast to burn DVD's..however now most of the dvd's won't play on other DVD players. Anybody have any ideas why they won't play...trying to make dvd's for a friend's father who has cancer and would be able to pass the time watching movie's he likes...old ones like Clint Eastwood..Would really appreciate any ideas..have been using DVD-R for burning. Thanks for any answers you may have.

  • saibalbasumallick@gmail.com |
    17/09/13
    saibalbasumallick@gmail.com

    i AM LOOKING FOR A FREE THIRDPARTY SOFTWARE DOWNLOAD ,TO WRITE MP3/ AAC SONGS STORED ON MY MAC SNOWLEOPARD(10.6.6 OSX) TO ANY CD OR DVD AUDIO

  • Andrew |
    02/10/13
    Andrew

    BURN is very simple yet so Great. just yesterday i upgraded to mountain lion and was frustrated to create a .iso file. that one did the job easily.

  • manic.miner.3 |
    24/10/13
    manic.miner.3

    Most of the tech needed to rip dvd or cd video or audio is patented, so a free system would be a virus.

    Just buy a decent one.

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