"Why is this such a big deal?"
If you had hundreds of audio CDs it would be a big deal to you.
I use this app professionally, I don't have time to screw around converting all my files (and taking up 2x the drive space in the process) Perhaps I could bill ROXIO instead of my clients for the time involved (or would you like to pay for it? - as it appears you work for them, despite what your sig says)
What happens when the next OS update hits, and Toast 7 won't even launch? (I suppose I could just keep two computers running with different OS's and 2 different versions of Toast - that wouldn't be a "big deal."
"The audio CD options in Toast 8 are different than those others, so the older files lack information that Toast 8 needs in order to make all the correct settings."
"I suppose Roxio could have created a file import conversion script that would automatically add the missing information in a default setting to older files, but they didn't do that."
"The bug you've pointed out is that Toast should have rejected the Toast 7 audio CD file entirely rather than open it as a photo CD."
Thanks you for pointing out these BUGS.
New features are great, if they are indeed that and not crippleware.
Suppose the next version of Office or Photoshop wouldn't allow you to open a text document or jpeg that wasn't created with that version. Come on, that would be rediculas.
This is a huge oversight - refund here I come.
Once again, anyone from ROXIO - THE COMPANY - ROXIO - ROXIO care to help out.