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Audio Transcoder

CNET Editors' review

Audio Transcoder is an intuitive program that allows users to convert files between a wide variety of audio formats. It's not the fanciest program we've ever seen, but it's easy to use.

The program's interface is basic and no-frills, with its two major functions--a CD ripper and audio converter--arranged in separate tabs. We found both features easy to use, with a series of check boxes and drop-down menus allowing us to select tracks, format file names, edit meta data, and choose formats. Both ripping and converting files is as simple as choosing your preferred options and clicking a button. The program saves the files in a location specified by the users. The program's built-in Help file is well-written and thorough, with a lot of screenshots. Audio Transcoder is a fairly basic program, but it delivers plenty of features. The program allows users to convert files between 15 different formats, including MP3, MP4, and Ogg Vorbis. Users can also choose from 25 different levels of audio quality, from CD quality to 20 Kbps. A built-in audio player allows users to preview files without opening a separate application, and batch mode can convert a large number of files at once. Overall, we found Audio Transcoder to be both versatile and easy to use, and we think it's a great option for both ripping CDs and converting audio files.

Audio Transcoder has a 14-day trial period. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

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All User Reviews

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Hard sell gone from site. Easy to use, good results."

    March 1, 2012  |   By compass2k

    Version: Audio Transcoder 2.8

    Pros

    Simple interface. Enough customization options without getting complex. Good quality conversions.

    Cons

    People talked about unwanted programs. If you choose custom install and deselect them only transcoder installs. Obviously vendor has cleaned up their act.

    Summary

    Good mix of quality control and a simple interface.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't waste your time."

    March 9, 2011  |   By hackinabox

    Version: Audio Transcoder 1.9.9.1250

    Pros

    I Don't know as I did not use it.

    Cons

    You are forced to install unwanted programs before you even get to install the trial version. Sorry, no thanks.

    Summary

    They need to rethink how they introduce people to their product if they want to sell it. Wait, they are being paid to force other "software" on would be users....

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Good software ruined by scam-laden spyware installation"

    January 18, 2011  |   By TiggerBounce

    Version: Audio Transcoder 1.9.9.1250

    Pros

    The software itself, for the most part, just works. I've never got Apple Lossless output files to be read by iTunes, but that aside the other formats have worked well and painlessly. For audio transcoding this is good (I even paid for it).

    Cons

    Latest version uses misleading installation tricks you into installing FaceMoods and AutoCompletePro junkware; redirects your IE homepage to autocomplete.com; adds new search engine provider, the whole deal. A crappy way to treat a paying customer.

    Summary

    I understand (on one level) using spyware to pay for a free product (a quid pro quo I guess), but it's unforgivable when you've actually paid to register the software, and the latest update adds this junk in. I'm sure there's a way to say no, but it's well disguised if so, and it's definitely designed to make you install it by default. As a registered _paying_ customer, I don't expect that kind of dirty trick to be pulled. Suffice it to say that autocomplete.com is such high quality spyware that my virus protection won't even let me go to the homepage that it changed IE to point to. Sadly, this just makes me thing that I never want to deal with this software producer ever again. Stupid decision - rating remains 1-star until this scammy installation process is cleaned up.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installs Spyware"

    January 12, 2011  |   By jazzbo58

    Version: Audio Transcoder 1.9.9.1250

    Pros

    It works, but you install unwanted programs.

    Cons

    Installer also installs 2 programs that you don't want. And it is made quite (deliberately...?) confusing to make sure that you accidentally agree.

    Summary

    Be safe. Don't install it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Not perfect but Very, Very Good."

    September 3, 2010  |   By ArizonaBrian

    Version: Audio Transcoder 1.9.9.1243

    Pros

    Very easy to use without needing to read instructions. Finds music within folders and outputs to matching folder structure.

    Cons

    Doesn't normalize, can't see Microsoft's Media Player's Playlists.

    Summary

    The evaluation version only converts 10 songs at a time but it worked well so I spent the $19 and tried the full version. Flawless. I pointed it to the top folder and it found all 1800 songs, then converted them pefectly and placed them in matching folders in another directory. It let me choose the bits/s (128) and the sample rate (44100), but it did not let me normalize the volume levels. It took approximately 4 hours.

    I had to use Windows Media Player to burn my original (lossless) files to a DVD, then copy the DVD to my hard drive. Once there Audio Transcoder converted them beautifully, then I burned a ton of CDs. Audio Transcoder would get 5 stars if it could normalize too. I'm still waiting for a converter that can see songs in my playlists (Microsoft Media Player), convert them, normalize them, and burn them to discs.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simply Perfect !"

    July 29, 2010  |   By joseph2625

    Version: Audio Transcoder 1.9.9.1242

    Pros

    I think this program is one of the best audio conversion software available. It supports all sorts of file formats and has all the necessary functionalities that I wanted, especially the output file handling.

    Cons

    nothing really.

    Summary

    it has a very intuitive user interface and it's perfect for iPod lovers out there who want to play cd-quality flac and ape files on their ipods. Conversion is so simple and it also utilizes multiple cores which speeds up the process a lot.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It does what is says it does in a spectacular fashion"

    March 14, 2010  |   By pwatel

    Version: Audio Transcoder 1.9.9.1228

    Pros

    the speed
    the flexibility
    I have used with batches of 30,000 files and it never crashed
    very clear easy user interface

    Cons

    the only small drawback it tags to the lowest common denominator fields no composer fields for example or a way to incorporate an album cover
    for the ripper only the converter is flawless

    Summary

    for the price it is well worth it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to Use CD Ripper and Audio Converter"

    December 6, 2009  |   By sarahsrody

    Version: Audio Transcoder 1.9.5.1203

    Pros

    Only 3 steps are requred to convert audio files: 1) Select files, 2) Enter settings, and 3) Click Convert.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything I dislike about Audio Transcoder!

    Summary

    The best thing about Audio Transcoder is the intuitive user interface. You can choose either the Audio CD Ripper tab or the Audio Converter tab, depending on what you want to do.

    Performance is fast and the functionality is flexible. You can quickly convert among many different audio formats.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Thank you, good soft!"

    November 11, 2009  |   By ira_kortes

    Version: Audio Transcoder 1.9.2.1195

    Pros

    A very simple and good sofware!

    Cons

    Lot of supported audio formats, simple interface & cheap :)

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