From: United Kingdom
Indeed! - and pair it with Exactaudiocopy, CDEX *** beware of JUNK imitations, some popular freeware is being ripped off and renamed ***
The main point, is that there is NOT a standard set of "retail/full" features - eg. ECDC 5 **includes** a full MP3 codec, ECDC 4 would work with any ACM codec (incl the LAME ACM implementation and the controversial ??pirate?? "RADIUM" codec), while the freeware mentioned above interfaces with MANY codecs by ACM, DLL or command line.
Nero interfaces - AFAIK - only with it's own! - which they want you to buy - I do wish the hacker/tweakers would work up a LAME DLL plugin interface for it.
No doubt Nero has features ECDC is missing (particularly overburn/90/99 support), and of course, the big two are not the only came in town ... NTI, Stomp and others are probably trying harder, since they lack the bundling volume.
Particularly annoying is the tendency of some writers to be supplied "softwareless" - expecting you to rely on the lacklustre facilities in WinXP (though this may be a "broken bundle").