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  • 3.0 stars

    "OK if you like all your music encoded at 128 Kbps."

    July 23, 2012  |   By JonCalgary

    Pros

    Simple interface. Does what it promises, to a point.

    Cons

    Apparently only outputs to 128 kilobytes per second. I have most of my music encoded much higher than that, or VBR hovering around 200. The software will import it to work with it at higher bit rates, but only saves at 128. This is a huge omission, as we all know 128 is not the best quality (160 is the bare minimum for reasonable quality), and most other MP3 apps output to varying bit rates and even VBR. Therefore, do not delete or overwrite your original files. Also, "keep ID3 tag" selection is turned off by default for some odd reason. There are only barebones help files, especially for setting preferences; doesn't really tell what things do. And, apparently, support seems to be missing in action according to other review sites.

    Summary

    OK if you need stuff to trim and have a MP3 player without much space. However, it will not fix your original files and maintain their higher quality. If you want more control in editing (and saving to the original bit rate), seek out Fission. Not as idiot-proof, but audiophiles will be happier.

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  • Reply by FixxFinn on September 19, 2012

    What? It should save files without recompression? I think that in my use it has behaved right, that is saved ~190 kbps VBR that I generally use.

    Other than that, the interface is really ugly. Make it mac, please.

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