PROS / Switch is compatible with more audio formats than any other software and allows you to record audio streams off the internet.
CONS / You have to pay for phone support.
VERDICT / Switch gives you remarkable audio compatibility, an easy to use interface and internet audio recording ability, all within one program. This is the top of the line audio converter.
Switch, the Top Ten Reviews Gold Award winner, is more than your average audio converter. This program is compatible with multiple audio formats, converts files to a handful of different output formats and also processes audio rapidly without any errors. We were impressed with all of the converting capabilities that Switch offers.
Ease of Use
Switch boasts an intuitive and simple interface layout that is simple even for novice users. Importing audio and converting is as easy as clicking the Add Files button, selecting your audio file and clicking Convert. This is much easier than converting audio within iTunes, and it takes fewer steps to achieve audio editing processes compared to others in our lineup. Basically everything you do with Switch, whether its adding audio from a CD or changing the bitrate, only takes a few clicks of the mouse.
We timed each program converting a 625MB WAV file to a highly compressed 26MB MP3 file. Not only is Switch easy to use – it is also the quickest converter we tested. It only took 40 seconds to convert the massive test file and was the only converter able to compress our test file in under a minute. That's 23 seconds faster than the second-fastest converter. This might not seem like a big difference in time, but if you are converting many large files, the extra time adds up quickly. It's convenient that Switch converts large files as quickly as it does.
Audio Conversion Attributes
One feature that makes this the best MP3 converter in our lineup is the Audio Stream Wizard. This tool enables you to record streaming audio from the internet. The Audio Stream Wizard breaks the process into three steps and walks you through the process. Not many other converters in our lineup allow you to record audio of any sort.
Like all of the audio converters we reviewed, Switch can convert audio files in batches. You can load up the import library, click Convert and all of your files will convert to your desired output settings. You can also change the bitrate, sample rate and channel output of your converted audio.
The input compatibility is quite impressive. This audio converter software is compatible with 45 different audio formats. Only one other product in our lineup is compatible with that many formats. To give you perspective, iTunes is only compatible with five different audio formats. Switch offers audio compatibility that not many can match.
Not only is it compatible with a ton of file formats, but Switch also can convert those files to any of 26 different file formats. This is the most output file formats offered by any audio converter program in our lineup. It is 11 more than the second-highest in our top 10 lineup, and it's 21 more than iTunes offers.
Another feature that you won't find in iTunes is the ability to extract the audio data from videos. You can import videos into iTunes, but you can't extract the audio information from it. Switch is able to extract the audio data from a wide variety of video formats, including every video format we tested for – M4V, MOV, MP4, MPG and WMV. This is a useful tool to turn the soundtrack to your favorite movie into an audio CD or turn your favorite concert video into audio files.
You can also use Switch to import CDs and convert the audio to whatever format you choose. Not all the audio converters we tested were able to read CDA files. The ability to import CDs into the library can help you convert those files to smaller file sizes and save you space on your hard drive.
Help & Support
You can reach NCH Software via phone or email, and you can browse the FAQs section to find answers yourself. Phone support is only available at an additional fee. There isn't an option for live chat support. We contacted the support team via email and received answers to our inquiries in a timely manner. We were impressed with the promptness of NCH's help and support team.
We are very impressed with Switch's large feature offering. The software gives you more conversion options than any other program, has the ability to extract audio data from videos and can read CDA audio files. Not only is this software compatible with a myriad of different audio formats; it also converts that audio faster than the rest of our lineup. This program should be one of your top considerations for a music converter.