Editors' reviewThis simple application's solid performance and support for several exotic audio codecs make it worth a look. AudioCommander can convert large batches of audio files among standard formats, such as MP3, WAV, and OGG, as well as lesser-known codecs, such as VOX and A/U-LAW. You can specify the quality of your new tunes, but if you want to encode files using variable bit rate (VBR), you'll have to choose the WMA option. The interface isn't likely to confuse even new users, as it has clearly labeled icons for choosing codecs and adding files or folders full of music. However, we should note the program doesn't have a dedicated button for its included CD ripper. Instead, you must browse to your PC's CD drive and add tracks to the file queue. Happily, AudioCommander lets you transform as many files as you want for two weeks, so you can actually put the demo to some real-world use. Folks who need to convert large numbers of audio files or rip their CD collections certainly should give this utility a try.
AudioCommander is a configurable command-line and interface converter, encoder, and decoder for nearly all conceivable audio formats. Settings are provided for bitrate, frequency, and channels. Convert from AMR, MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU, VOX, RAW, PCM, ADPCM, A-LAW, u-LAW, MP2, FLAC, ALAC, CD, M4A, MP4, WavPack, and AVI audio to MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, AAC, ADPCM, AIFF, AMR, A-LAW, u-LAW, or VOX. AudioCommander can be used to change the compression for supported formats; for example, compressing a 320 kbps MP3 to 128 kbps for use in a hardware device that requires a specific setting or does not support the higher bitrates. The comprehensive range of supported formats makes the software very flexible, and provides a complete solution for conversion of most any audio file desired. AudioCommander offers an extensive array of settings and command-line switches for complete control over how the software functions.