Apple has muscled in on Toast's territory. So it's only fitting that Roxio has put out a Titanium product of its own-Toast Titanium (866-280-7694, www.roxio.com ). This $99 version of the CD-burning program ($59 for an upgrade) includes Toast DVD, formerly sold separately. You can't use Toast Titanium to author a DVD-but you can burn DVD images using a DVD recorder. Don't have one? Don't fret-Toast Titanium has an enhanced VCD (VideoCD) feature. Plug-ins let you export VCD-compatible MPEG-1 files, directly from iMovie or QuickTime, that will play on most DVD players. And Toast Titanium now supports background burning, so you can work on the great American novel while you burn an ABBA's Greatest Hits CD. This version also adds support for all QuickTime files; if QuickTime can play it, Toast Titanium can make an audio CD from it. Side apps such as MVP, iView, and Spindoctor are full installs in Toast Titanium. iTunes may be brand new, but it sounds as though the latest version of Toast is anything but stale.
- Home Tech