Virtual CD RW Intel Mac is an easy to use, virtual CD drive for Intel Mac. Because it uses a disk image, but appears to your Intel Mac as if you have inserted a CD, you can read from it and burn to it even if you don’t have a CD drive, only 10 times faster. Use it with music converter software instead of using physical CDs or use it to make virtual copies of CDs. For example, you can use it to convert an .iso disk image to a bin/cue disk image.
When your Intel Mac doesn’t have a CD drive, how can you use an app that burns to CD?
- You can’t use a disk image (.dmg) file instead because it won’t appear to be inserted in a real optical drive to your Intel Mac.
- You could use an external CD drive or a USB Thumb Drive, even though they are much slower than an internal CD drive.
- How about a virtual CD app, the FAST and EASY way? Virtual CD RW looks exactly like a CD drive to your Intel Mac and to all apps running on your Intel Mac. And because it stores the CD data in a file on your hard drive instead of on a CD, it’s much faster than any actual CD drive, whether it is an internal or an external CD drive. Best of all, No additional hardware is required!
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Makes Converting an iTunes Album
to MP3 Easy
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Burns an iTunes playlist
to multiple Virtual CDs Fast
Virtual CD RW Intel Mac Features
- 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, mounts and erases virtual CDs
- User’s Manual and online Tutorial provided.
- Free 15-day trial
Virtual CD RW Reviews
Works very quickly – *much* faster than mucking around with actual CDs.
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.
Does what it says, provides a virtual CD writer
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.
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6+, macOS 11, macOS 12.0+ Intel
Compatibility: Intel Mac (does *not* support Apple silicon)
- Burn to bin/cue format
- Reads bin/cue, iso, or cdr format
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Virtual CD RW Icon
Once you've installed the app, it will appear as an icon in the menu bar. Click the icon to see the drop-down menu.
- Read the FAQ
- Refer to the Tutorials
- Read the User's Manual (also included in the download)
- If you have any questions, Contact Support
Your Intel Mac may not have a CD drive, which has been a problem if you're trying to use an app that burns to a CD or CD RW, until now. You can't use a disk image (.dmg) file created by the macOS Disk Utility instead, because a .dmg does not appear to be inserted in a real optical drive to your Intel Mac. You could use an external CD drive, but they are much slower than an internal CD drive.
Instead, you could use an app, like Virtual CD RW Intel Mac. Because Virtual CD RW Intel Mac is a kernel extension (driver), it looks exactly like a physical drive to all applications running on the macOS. 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 Intel Mac is easy - How To
- 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.