With Mac OS X’s newfound ability to burn CDs, will
Roxio’s Toast 5 Titanium software now work under Mac OS X? The answer from the company is no, but they’re working on it.
Last week Apple released an update to Mac OS X, version 10.0.2. One of the major features added to the new revision is the ability to master audio CDs using iTunes. This is the first time CD-R burning has been supported in the new operating system since its initial release in late March.
Roxio points out that Mac OS X 10.0.2 only adds support for burning audio CDs, not for mastering data CDs. And, unfortunately, even this limited support does not extend to third party applications such as Toast.
Toast product manager Victor Nemechek recently explained to MacCentral that Apple used a “special proprietary protocol” to enable audio CD burning in the new system update.
“They have not made this available to third parties developers,” said Nemechek.
Nemechek said that Apple still hasn’t provided developers like Roxio with the code they need to access CD-R drives.
“In addition, Apple has not committed to a date when we will be given this information,” said Nemechek.
There’s good news, though. Nemechek said that Roxio isn’t waiting for Apple any longer.
“We at Roxio have already begun developing our own protocol, similar to the one Apple shipped in 10.0.2, that will allow Toast 5 Titanium to burn CDs on Mac OS X. We hope to release a version of Toast 5 Titanium that supports OS X this summer,” said Nemechek.