I recently bought a new CD burner. The HP 3x speed burner I inherited from a friend had started producing more coasters than usable discs. I purchased a 40x Verbatim drive for $35 from Fry's. Wow. I've now been happily burning a complete CD in around 3 to 4 minutes. For software I tried out Nero, Alcohol, and some other big names.. but in the end my software of choice is BurnQuick from TritonInteractive. It integrates with Explorer so that burning files literally means selecting them, right-clicking, and choosing "Burn to CD". A simple popup window follows that asks me for the name of the compilation, the speed I want to burn at, and a few other simple options. Click Start and it burns. No silly wizards. No huge windows to pore over. Select and Burn. It even recognizes if you are burning MP3s and asks if you want to make a music CD instead. Very cool.