All apologies for posting what is surely another newbie annoyance post. I recently was given a TDK velo CD 48x16x48. I thought it was good, but while reading over forums in here, i saw negative reviews on Tdk products, so who knows.(it was in reference to cd's and not drivers.) It came with Nero Express and Tdk Digital Mixmaster software. I installed both. I also have WinAmp, and a trial version of Mystic Media's Audio Edit Deluxe. Which of these, if any, should I use to to enhance some of my mp3's I downloaded? And once downloaded, what is the recommended software to burn them to c.d. ( I just read cdrw administrator post saying definitely not nero.) The MP3's are Kazaa and mp3.com specials and sound pretty bad on my 98 Aptiva, in part b/c I know nothing about sound cards, and in part b/c they are 128kbs. I know there's no magic genie, but I'm thinking there's got to be a tweak or trick that is good OVERALL for helping the majority of poor sounding mp-3's. Or is that wishful thinking? (The poor quality is usually washed out vocals and/or a "blurred" sound where everything kinda runs together.) I couldn't figure out tdk digital mixmaster, so I used nero to burn my first ever c.d. It sounded better than on my computer, but still not as good as I would have liked. THe only modification I did was to "normalize" the sound volume for the tracks. Sorry for the long post. I'm trying to burn a cd for my wife and surprise her, so you're helping her, not me Thanks. p.s. is there a better place to get free mp3's of higher quality? Even some of the 178kpbs songs from Kazaa don't sound great. Also, when burning songs from a site; can anybody tell me why my maximum download speed is only around 3-4 kpbs and many times far slower? My dial up speed is 56k.