Astroburn Audio is a simple, good-looking, and effective CD
audio burning app. It’s very easy to use and supports a fair number
of audio formats. Still, this one-trick pony leaves me wishing for
just a bit more.
As you can tell from the screenshot (click the detail to
enlarge), Astroburn Audio is nothing if not pretty. It’s also
efficient, with all options accessible from the main screen. You
can add files via drag and drop, or open an Add files dialog.
There’s an erase disc function for those greener souls that use
CD-RW, as well as transport controls for playing back songs.
What’s missing are a few basics and niceties. For instance,
there’s no way to see the info on the files you’re burning. I use
several different encodings (and names) of the same song for my
compatibility tests, so having Astroburn Audio display only the
identical tags was frustrating. This made me long for a tag editor,
which would’ve allowed me to fix my mistake.
Astroburn Audio transcodes most Windows media types as well as
the APE and FLAC files that only a few programs support. However,
it doesn’t support Apple AAC or lossless, OGG, or any WAV files
beyond your standard 16-bit/44kHz type. Additionally, my system
slowed to a crawl while it was enumerating the disc in the burner.
That experience lasted only ten seconds or so, but it was a bit
disconcerting. On the other hand, it burned discs just fine with a
minimum of interference during the actual write process.
Here’s hoping the folks at Astroburn will read this and improve
format support, display more file information, and perhaps add that
tag editor. I’m rooting for it because what’s there already is
extremely well-designed. Even as it stands, it’s well worth a
Note: This review covers v1.2 of the file.
–Jon L. Jacobi