Virtual CD RW Mac is an easy to use, virtual CD drive for Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It uses a disk image, but appears to your Mac as if you have inserted a CD, so you can read from it and burn to it even if you don’t have a CD drive, but 10 times faster. Use it with music converter software instead of using a physical CD or to make virtual copies of CDs. For example, you can use it to convert an .iso disk image to a bin/cue disk image.
$24.95 US / year
- Emulates a real CD Drive – mounts like one, dismounts like one
- Easy to use – mounts from menu bar
- Makes virtual copies of music CDs or other CDs for faster access and to protect the original CDs
- Virtual CD Burner, burns 10x faster than a CD Drive
- Saves and mounts virtual CDs (replay content)
- Erases virtual CD-RWs
- User’s Manual and online Tutorial provided.
- Free 15-day trial
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or later (supports macOS 10.15 Catalina)
Compatibility: any Mac
- Burn to bin/cue format
- Read a virtual CD (bin/cue, iso, or cdr format)
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What Users Say
[Virtual CD-RW] Pros Does what it claims. Works very quickly (MacBook Pro with SSD) – *much* faster than mucking around with actual CDs. Very simple interface via a new icon in the menu bar. Free trial works well. Works fine in OS X Mavericks. Cons Virtual discs are limited in size to standard CDs. I would have liked if larger discs (e.g. DVD or bigger) were possible, but this was not critical for me. Summary One click on ‘New Media’ inserts a (virtual) blank CD for burning. The disc can then be re-ripped before ejecting, if desired. Ejecting the discs prompts where to save the image. The disc image can be re-opened later. – from chrs2 on CNET
[Virtual CD RW – Mac]
Pros: Very quick on a SSD, It just works
Cons: Have to restart the computer to complete the installation 🙂
Summary: I used it to burn and re-import some songs from iTunes and it is much quicker than burning them on a real medium.
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Your Mac may not have a CD drive, which is a problem if you’re trying to use an app that burns to a CD or CD RW. You can’t use a disk image (.dmg) file created by the Mac OS X Disk Utility instead, because a .dmg does not appear to be inserted in a real optical drive to your Mac. You could use an external CD drive, but they are much slower than an internal CD drive. Or, you could use a virtual CD app, like Virtual CD RW Mac. Because Virtual CD RW Mac is a kernel extension (driver), it looks exactly like a physical drive to all applications running on the Mac OS. And because it stores the virtual CD data in a file on your hard disk, it is much faster than any actual CD drive, whether it is an internal CD drive or an external CD drive.
Using Virtual CD RW Mac is easy – How To
Using Virtual CD RW Mac you can:
- Burn to a virtual CD (bin/cue format)
- Insert and read from a virtual CD (bin/cue, iso, or cdr format)
- Erase a virtual CD
Most operations can be completed in these easy steps:
- From the CD menu choose either New Media or Existing media. The new or existing virtual CD will appear on your desktop.
- Read from the virtual CD just like a standard CD
Burn to the virtual CD just like a standard CD from any application, including the Finder or iTunes.
Where to get additional Help
For help with this app
- Read the FAQ
- Refer to the Tutorials
- Read the User's Manual (also included in the download)
- If you have any questions, Contact Support