Featured Freeware: JetAudio

Music jukebox JetAudio is a long-time favorite with audiophiles looking for an alternative, and it's easy to see why. Loaded with more than just a volume knob that goes up to 11, JetAudio remains a solid Windows option.

During installation, you have to be careful if you don't want to set JetAudio Basic as the default application for audio and video files. However, the freeware application gives you plenty of reasons to make it your only player.

The interface has a modern design that looks like an equalizer. You can customize each section of the program, from CD ripping to format conversion, to your heart's content. The program can convert files among some a number of formats, as well as read and edit MP3 tags. The built-in Cross-fader, Reverb, and Wide-sound modes provide a nice touch not found in most MP3 players. The program becomes truly unique with its clock, however, which features a timer and an alarm. We also appreciate the inclusion of a tool for seeking out song lyrics.

One quibble is it treats a playlist as an album but uses the artist as its primary key field, making it difficult to locate mixes. Still, JetAudio's appealing feature set should attract audiophiles.

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