Even though you get burner software bundled with a cdrw, usually it is less than a full version of the burner software.
I feel that it is worth the extra bucks to get the documentation that comes with the full version of burner software, particularly if it is EZCD 5. Their documentation is excellent. Unfortunately, that is where Ahead (Nero's maker for those who may not know) falls down.
Nero is great software, but I have to agree with biggeo. Roxio has made great strides with their version 5 and it is as good for the average burner as anything on the market. Those who say that it is not good software have not worked with the latest version and are simply going on past experiences, someone else's word or those overblown news reports of a few months ago. Listening to those news accounts is akin to believing everything the National Enquirer reports.
it is even more interesting that people will tout what a great software package something is and then rip that company off. If you really think that a company is doing a great job, you ought to try to support them. I own copies of both nero 5.5 and EZ CD 5 (retail packages) and although buying nero's retail version is a waste of time compared to downloading it (their printed documentation is the one of the worst examples I've seen), I still think that you ought to support them. I know that the software is not inexpensive and maybe ahead and roxio could cut out some useless features such as hard drive backup and virus check and reduce their prices some. However, if you want to have plentiful choices in the future, you need to support your choices with your hard earned money in the present.
I really think that is one reason that nero is so popular. A large percentage of its users are doing so for free. Now whether one chooses to pirate software or not is a moral issue for the individual. It does, however, have economic ramifications as the companies that survive are going to be those that have people who are willing to pay to use their software, not just use it.
Moreover, many companies do not offer demos for fear that people will rip them off. I'd like to see more companies willing to take a chance and offer demos ( I might be willing to buy more software packages if I knew that they benefitted me), but you can't really blame them for not doing so. Particularly, if they read posts on the bulletin boards such as the one above. The choices are ours.
Good luck, amethyst. if you need more help, there are many fime people on this forum who can provide excellent support for you.