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Power CD+G Burner

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  • Generic Company Place Holder Power CD+G Burner



Power CD+G burner is as easy a way to rip and burn CD+G discs as you'll find. Simply drag your .CDG or .BIN karaoke files to the program window, and burn the CD. In the case of CDG files, the corresponding MP3 or WAV files are added automatically (music for .BINs is self-contained). To rip files, insert a CD+G disc, tell the program where to save the files, choose whether you want to save as .BIN, CDG + MP3, or CDG + WAV, and press the rip button. The program uses FreeDB if you wish to obtain pertinent info about each track when available. The demo watermarks and limits burns and rips to one minute apiece.

Power CD+G worked exceedingly well for me, so I have only a few very minor complaints. The program won't burn to an ISO image, which would be handy for testing. And though you can move tracks up and down the play list using dialog buttons, drag and drop would be a lot nicer. A quick alphabetical sort would be welcome as well. Note: The program's burning engine tends to suck up most of the Power CD+G thread's CPU cycle,s so at certain points the program window won't redraw. This might make you think it's crashed, but it hasn't--and as far as I can tell, other programs aren't affected or slowed down at all.

Caveat: Don't do a blind click-through install unless you want the Power Entertainment toolbar added to your browsers.

Sadly, Power CD+G won't play the karaoke files, but the program is only the tip of the Power Karaoke iceberg. The company also markets creation and editing tools, a software player, and a $20 DirectShow filter that lets you play karaoke files using Windows Media Player. It's all a bit pricey, but it's well worth perusing.

--Jon L. Jacobi

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Power CD+G Burner

  
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