11 CD/DVD Burning Apps for Mac

Today we’re taking a look at a range of different CD and DVD burning tools for your Mac. Along with those bundled with your machine already, we’ll consider a number of third party applications that specialise in different fields. Some are delightful in their simplicity, others pack a huge feature set.

Whether you regularly produce and burn optical media, or just need to share a few photos from time to time, there will be something here for you!

Third Party Apps

Disco

Disco

Disco

Disco caused something of a splash in the Mac developer community when it launched a few years ago. The fascinating interface, coupled with a simple burning process makes it a really interesting candidate. When creating your disc, the app emits virtual “smoke”, that even reacts to you blowing into your Mac’s microphone.

Although Disco hasn’t seen a great deal of development in recent years, it’s still worth trying the demo if you’re looking for something futuristic and simple.

Price: $19.95
Developer: MadeBySofa

Burn

Burn

Burn

For a completely free app, Burn has a lot to offer. We recently reviewed the application, and it’s a good place to start if you’d like to find out more.

Split into four “modes” of Audio, Video, Data, and Copy, it’s capable of creating a wide range of different disc types.

Price: Free
Developer: Open Source

Toast

Toast

Toast

The heavyweight player in the disc burning industry, Toast comes at a hefty price with a feature set to match. It’s been around for 10 years and the chances are that if you can imagine a way in which you’d need to interact with optical media, Toast will be able to do it.

It certainly isn’t for everyone (don’t buy it just because it’s an industry leader), but if you need to do something very specific it may be the best option.

Price: $120
Developer: Roxio

Popcorn

Popcorn

Popcorn

From the makers of Toast, Popcorn is designed for helping to rip, copy and convert DVD content. The main sticking point is that (understandably) the software doesn’t rip commercial DVDs with copy-protection. Although this makes sense, in my opinion it makes popcorn a little redundant for anything other than home videos.

Considering you can find free software that does a very similar thing, I wouldn’t recommend shelling out $50 unless you know exactly why you need Popcorn in particular.

Price: $49.99
Developer: Roxio

BurnX Free

BurnX Free

BurnX Free

BurnX Free lets you burn a CD or DVD by dragging and dropping files or folders to the main window, and you can use sessions so multiple burns can be done in the same disc (CD only). It also has the ability to erase a CD or DVD.

As the name suggests, it’s completely free. The only downside is that it’s starting to look a little dated compared to a few of the other tools featured here.

Price: Free
Developer: HernanSoft

LiquidCD

LiquidCD

LiquidCD

Another fairly basic application, LiquidCD is free, and focused mainly at those with slightly more technical requirements. Development seems to be aimed now on occasional bug fixes, and it’s probably not one to keep high on your list of software to try out.

Price: Free
Developer: Maconnect

BurnAgain FS

BurnAgain FS

BurnAgain FS

BurnAgain FS places a great deal of emphasis on the idea of multi-session burning, and being able to use a CD or DVD more like a hard drive. You can add and remove items from the disk, and BurnAgain takes care of hiding the technicalities of how the process works.

Discs burned using the app work cross-platform, and you can download a trial that gives you 20 burns for free before deciding whether to purchase.

Price: $22
Developer: Free Ride Coding

SimplyBurns

SimplyBurns

SimplyBurns

SimplyBurns has a fairly straight-forward interface, and provides functionality for creating audio and data discs, ripping, copying media, and burning an image already stored on your computer.

If you’re weighing up the different free options, SimplyBurns is worth taking a look at (though probably won’t match up to Burn in terms of functionality).

Price: Free
Developer: Martin Köhler

In-Built OS X Apps

iTunes

iTunes

iTunes

I’m sure you’re already familiar with iTunes for storing and playing music/video, but did you know it can also burn CDs? Just select a playlist, then click “Burn” in the lower right hand corner. You can either create a standard Audio CD, or an MP3 CD, depending upon your preferences.

iTunes will also let you backup your entire music library to optical media. You click File > Library > Backup to Disc, and keep feeding iTunes DVDs until it’s done. It could take a while!

Finder

Finder

Finder

Burning is built right into Finder, and can be initiated in a few different ways. Click File > New Burn Folder, and you’ll be looking at a new folder into which you can drag-and-drop content to burn to a disc. If you have a folder you want to use already, just right click it and select “Burn “x” to Disc”.

iDVD

iDVD

iDVD

iDVD is Apple’s more full-featured DVD burning tool, geared primarily towards producing home movies containing video and photos. In a few clicks you can produce something that looks professional, and probably won’t bore your friends and family to tears.

Which App Do You Use?

We all have our preferences for particular burning applications, so which do you use on a regular basis?

I’m finding that it’s something I need to do less and less frequently, as most data backup and sharing I do tends to be centred around hard drives, or USB devices! Is this something you’re discovering to be the case as well?


  • http://edmundojr.com Edmundo Junior

    Which of these programs supports recording with subtitles in separate file ( like .srt or .sub format)?

    I’m looking for some time to record with subtitles but I never found anything, it would be nice that such a program to select an AVI file and its respective caption on STR and have write simple, anyone have any tips?

    • Sam

      @ Edmundo, I know iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe supports recording SSA, SRT, ASS subtitle and video to DVD.

    • Peter Patrick

      I am using Wondershare DVD creator by myself, it works like a charm.

  • http://izit.org Rob

    Just a note your Disco link is wrong Sofa only made the icon for Disco, correct link is http://www.discoapp.com/

  • http://beautifulemails.com Mohammad Koubeissi

    Toast is the winner! so good.

  • Ricky

    Toast is only $99

  • David

    I personally use Disco and Disc Utility… you forgot about this last one in the OSX in-built software list, it is very good for handling images: creating images and burning them.

    • http://www.burnworld.com/mac/ BurnWorld

      Disco is decent but over the past year the support has been fading away. Since Mac quit support of burning in iDVD there really is not that many choices anymore. However there are still a few DVD suites still available like Toast and some from Wondershare that are worth checking out.

  • Tuomas

    Besides Disk Utility and iTunes, I’ve been using Disco since it first came out. It’s a pity the development has been so quiet (if there is any?), because there’s a great amount of potential in that app. I don’t burn a lot, but when I do it’s nice and easy to do with Disco. Burning works as expected but the smoke feature looks awful under Snow Leopard (was fine in Tiger & Leopard).

  • B

    I love(ed) disco, but development is DEAD. I have contacted the developers, both sofa and the other half, and no one ever responds to bugs or status update requests. I even said “I wan’t to buy fifty licenses, but only if you let me know development is not dead” – no response. So only spend your money as long as you know this is as good as it gets.

  • http://l1theproducer.info L1

    I Use Toast.

  • TmiY

    Disco creates coasters for me, Toast does the job. I never really used the build-in feature of the finder though, maybe I’ll give it a try one day for simple tasks like burning images on a cd.

  • Peter “Sajdak” Kuchar

    Disco was my favourite application, but Its development is dead (I think). It’s a pitty for users and shame to developers. I use Burn at our office. It’s free and has enough of features to satisfy me.

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  • Fernando

    Hey! where is the king? RipIt !!!

    “winner of the 2009 Macworld Editors’ Choice Award!”

    • Fernando

      jejeje, ok, the post is only for burning apps…sorry ;)

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  • Matthew Lowery

    Disco works best for me, for burning. For ripping, RipIt all the way.

  • http://www.jasonarend.com Jason Arend

    I’ve used Toast for almost 9 years and have tested about half of the other applications on this list but in a demanding production enviornment nothing has come close to replacing Toast Titanuim for me. For casual burning I always enjoyed Disco, it’s disappointing they will not continue with development.

  • http://valendesigns.com Derek Herman

    I have yet to be able to burn a working DVD with my Mac. Can anyone please tell me what program you used to rip and then burn, which then produced a working DVD? I can’t take these coasters anymore.

    • eddie

      i use dvd creator its free and easy to use

  • http://blogmartinvaresio.com.ar Orfebreria

    For casual burning I always enjoyed Disco, it’s disappointing they will not continue with development

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