Editors' reviewDespite a couple of helpful extras, this no-frills audio converter has clearly limited powers. Unlike other applications in this category, Easy MP3 Converter can only transform files between the format found in its name and uncompressed WAV files. If you routinely work with other codecs such as WMA or OGG, you'll need to find another program. The interface is straightforward, letting you perform conversions with the press of a few buttons. De rigeur features include a basic audio player and support for VBR encoding, though the tool for normalizing files was the biggest plus in this department. The trial version of Easy MP3 Converter will only convert five minutes of audio, and though that's more generous than many similar applications we've seen, it still seems a bit unreasonable (particularly given the program's narrow scope). All told, we'd file this one in the "average" drawer.
If you have any MP3 files and need to burn them onto an audio CD, or you need to encode your favorite WAV files, you'll need software that creates MP3 and WAV files. Easy MP3 Converter includes an MP3 encoder and decoder, with features including support for MP3, MP2, Xing VBR, and CD-quality WAV files, automatic volume normalization, fast WAV-to-MP3 encoding, and batch file conversion. This program offers a manual batch mode and automatically converts all entries in M3U and PLS playlists. Version 1.27c improves the built-in player and fixes some minor bugs.