Audio Converter Software Review

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Why Use Audio Converter Software?

Audio converter software frees you from the restrictions that tie music and sound files enabling you to listen to them freely on any media player, including MP3 players and computers. Audio formats and file extensions can be quite confusing. With hundreds of available file formats it’s hard to know which ones you’ll need. But audio converter software is still extremely useful and easy to use.

Songs protected with DRM, commonly found on songs downloaded from online music stores like iTunes, cannot be converted using your average video converter. 

Audio converters are also useful for maximizing the quality of your music library. You can adjust bitrate, sampling rate and channels of a music track. This is a great way to maximize your listening experience.

In this site, you’ll find articles related to conversion software, as well as comprehensive reviews and a side–by–side comparison to help you make an informed decision on which audio converter software is right for you. At TopTenREVIEWS We Do the Research So You Don’t Have To.™

What to Look for in Audio Converter Software

Even though all the programs in our review perform the same basic function, they all have different features and capabilities that make them standout. Before choosing an audio converter, evaluate what features are most important to you. One of the questions to ask yourself might include “which files does my MP3 player support.” Know the answers to these questions before you purchase any conversion program.

Some programs handle a wide variety of formats while others are very limited. Picking a program that won’t convert the right type of file is completely useless.

Below are some of the criteria TopTenREVIEWS used while evaluating Audio Converter Software:

Feature Set
Besides the ability to convert audio files, audio converter programs should allow you to edit or transfer audio tags, extract audio from a CD or video file and convert songs in batches. Also we looked for the ability to alter bitrate, sampling rate and channels so that users can customize song quality and file size.

Input Format
The input format is the type of file to be converted. Audio converter software should accept wide variety of input formats so users have the flexibility to convert almost anything. It’s essential to pick an audio converter that can handle the formats you need to be converted.

Output Format
This is the end result of the conversion process and it’s important to pick an audio converter that can convert to the right format. Top audio converter software provides a comprehensive list of target formats, which allows the user the freedom to convert files as they need them.

Technical Help/Support
In this category we looked at how well the manufacturer was able to respond to questions and how much information was readily available about their audio converter program. Most provide email support, but it’s also important to have FAQs, manuals, tutorials or user forums to provide extra help.

To read about the best audio converter software we could find, read our reviews of Switch Plus, RiverPast Audio Converter and Audials Tunebite.

 
 
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Rank #1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
Switch Plus River Past Audio Converter Audials Tunebite Audio Commander ImTOO Audio Encoder Xilisoft Audio Converter NoteBurner Ease Audio Converter Protected Music Converter FairStars Audio Converter
Switch Plus River Past Audio Converter Audials Tunebite Audio Commander ImTOO Audio Encoder Xilisoft Audio Converter NoteBurner Ease Audio Converter Protected Music Converter FairStars Audio Converter
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Price
Visit Switch Plus 1.30
$29.99
Visit River Past Audio Converter 7.6.4
$29.95
Visit Audials Tunebite 9 Platinum
$39.90
Visit Audio Commander 3.40
$64.95
Visit ImTOO Audio Encoder 2.1.67
$29.95
Visit Xilisoft Audio Converter 2.1.67
$29.95
Visit NoteBurner 2.02
$34.90
Visit Ease Audio Converter 4.70
$24.95
Visit Protected Music Converter .99.29b
$19.95
Visit FairStars Audio Converter 1.55
$24.95
Ratings
9.88
8.82
8.77
8.07
8.07
8.07
7.88
7.20
6.95
6.75
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
10.00
10.00
10.00
7.50
8.75
8.75
10.00
7.50
9.38
8.13
7.50
8.75
7.50
8.75
10.00
6.25
7.50
8.75
10.00
6.25
7.50
8.75
10.00
6.25
7.50
8.75
7.50
7.50
6.25
8.75
8.75
5.00
6.25
8.75
8.75
0.00
6.25
7.50
7.50
6.25
 
Features Set
Audio Tags
Extract from Video
   
Extract from CD
 
    
 
Batch Conversions
Command Line
 
      
Sample Rate/Frequency
Channels
Bitrate
Normalize
 
    
 
Input
Formats 32 43 15 25 14 14 20+ 17 45 22
MP3
WAV
WMA
AAC
 
AIFF
  
 
OGG
FLAC
 
 
M4A
 
 
Output
Formats 19 8 6 16 11 11 3 13 4 7
MP3
WAV
WMA
AAC
 
 
  
AIFF
 
      
OGG
 
FLAC
 
 
 
M4A
 
 
    
Technical Help/Support
Telephone Support    
      
Email Support
Live Chat           
Tutorials  
   
User Manual / User Guide
   
  
FAQs
 
 
User Forums
       
Operating System
Windows 8
 
  
Windows 7
 
    
Windows Vista
  
Windows XP
MAC