The Burning (CD-R) Question

Why is it so hard to cut music CDs on a PC? Plenty of programs claim to do the job. Some of them actually work

I've started burning my own CDs lately, and not since kindergarten have I made so many coasters. "Making coasters," in case you haven't heard, is the technical term for what happens when a mistake occurs in the audio CD (or CD-R) creation process. You can't re-record a CD-R, so you might as well rest your coffee mug on it. I bought a CD-R drive for my PC only a month ago, and my coffee table has never been so well protected.

The trouble started with the software that came free with my external CD-R drive (a Hewlett-Packard 8200, one of...

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