The software takes a while to install, but covers most potential multimedia requirements, so this is a minor quibble. Whilst it is a definite step-up from other Roxio products I have owned, on installing on my main PC it destroyed my itunes library. Before installing, playing my music was fine. After installation, my itunes settings were corrupted, and I had to spend hours sorting out my large music library in itunes. I lost all my play-counts, song ratings and playlists, so this (for me, major) inconvenience wipes 2 stars off my review.
So after uninstalling on my desktop PC, it works fine on my laptop (which has no music library to be damaged!), which is a shame, as I would have used the software more regularly on my main PC.
From first impressions, it covers CD (music and data) creation effectively. The Cineplayer plays DVD's and can capture images during playback. Roxio Creator 2009 also covers basic picture editing as well, but most people will find its video editing software the most used part of the package. Adding titles, audio and chapter menus is simple to master, with good end results.
So, I would recommend this software for its quality video editing, plus the other uses (photo and music editing) make it value for money, but would strongly recommend that you back up your music library first.