If you're running low on money you should definitely have ImgBurn in your collection because it's so powerful considering it doesn't cost a cent. You will be able to burn almost anything imaginable from CDs all the way up to Blu-Ray disks. You can use it straight out of the box, or if you're a little more tech savvy you'll be able to play around with the burning options you'll find under the hood.
CDBurnerXP is a little like ImgBurn because it has a lot of the same features and it's also very popular with people all over the web. You can burn anything you want including DVDs, CDs, and data disks. One highlight is the fact the user interface is a lot cleaner which is always nice. You'll also be able to burn things over multiple disks. Just be careful when you're installing the software because you might end up with a few extras if you're not careful.
BurnAware has a fast burn speed so you won't have to sit around waiting too long when burning disks. Nearly half a million people install it on a monthly basis and when there are so many happy customers you know it's a great tool. You can create multi-session disks and you'll be able to burn all types of data. The interface is also cleaner than a lot of other burning software and if you want some extra features you can also upgrade to a paid version.
Even though InfraRecorder is a great piece of free software it definitely lacks a few features compared to the others we've talked about. Unfortunately you'll not be able to burn Blu-Ray or HD-DVD disks which might be a deal breaker for some. If you don't need to burn those it might be worth looking into. One big reason is the ease at which you can organize your jobs because of the nice two-pane interface plus its reliability.
Ashampoo Burning Studio (https://www.ashampoo.com/en/usd/pin/0710/Burning_Software/Ashampoo-Burning-Studio-6)
You'll find a few useful features inside Ashampoo Burning Studio apart from the usual burning features you find in alternatives. There is an integrated audio ripped in case you need to rip the audio from any disks. You can also sleep easy at night because the multi-disk file backup will guarantee all your files stay safe. They have tried to keep everything as simple as possible so you don't get held up when using the software and when you combine it with those extra features it's a good tool.
If you don't mind paying a little money you'll end up with a good tool, but unfortunately the free version doesn't come with nearly as many features. This isn't great considering those features can be found in free versions of other products. If you splash out on the pro version you'll be able to copy from disk-to-disk and you'll also be able to burn video DVDs. You might like the fact there is a portable version of the software so you can carry it around with you.
Take your pick
If you're just a casual burner you might find any of these options fit your needs, so it's simply a case of trying them all and choosing the best one. If you're interested in taking things to the next level you might need to look closer at the exact features each one comes with.
The author of this article, Nancy Baker, is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for 3xl, a CD duplication company in Brisbane. She is a movie-buff and spends her weekends with her friends at the movies. You can catch up with her on Twitter@Nancy Baker.