Pros: It serves multiple function: creating CDs, VCDs, DVDs, data
backups, etc. Best for data backups, making music CDs and music DVDs.
Cons: If you get it from a package, then you have it. Else, it's
not free. It has limited functions with video clips (maybe the upgraded
version will fix many compatibility issues).
Data files should be stored separately in a Data CD, or a Data DVD.
These are the original files before conversion into a flat
picture-sound display (music or movie).
Music CD, music DVD are stable forms of storage(much
like the tapes of the old days). It should stored in a paper, or plastic
case in a temperature and moisture controlled environment (not too hot or
too cold, not too moisture or too dry). Multiple ones (serials)
should be bundled and stored in a package (a brown paper, plastic, or
Music CDs (Audio CD and MP3 CD): Audio CD is different from MP3 CD.
Check your software and your disc player before make Music CDs.
In general, audio CD is the de-facto form of Music CD. MP3 CDs are more
or less a trendy thing (much smaller file size, mostly used as a walkman,
listening while on the go).
Movie VCD, movie DVD has skip issue (depending on reading/speed
level of the movie disc player). In general, the VCDs or DVDs should be
written to the full capacity (at least 80%). I find the best usage is
between 80-90%. Again, check your VCD/DVD player manufacture
documentation before investing too much into this.
As to why we have this multimedia/tool page:
As a avid TonyLeung fan/admirer/admin, I have spent time into
understanding digital storage, backup and recovery issues. Good luck to you