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Free Audio Converter

Free
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Editors' Rating:
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Excellent
Average User Rating:
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.73.119
  • Total Downloads:
    664,048
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 19, 2016
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Free Audio Converter lets you convert files to different output formats on your Windows computer, so you can play them through various other programs and devices. No matter why you need to make the conversion, this software gives you the tools you need to finish off the process quickly.

Pros

Batch conversions: You can add as many files at a time as you want to this program, provided you want to convert them all to the same output format. Once all the files are in place, you just have to hit Convert and let the app take care of the rest.

Output options: Through this program, you can convert files to MP3, M4A, FLAC, ALAC, AMR, WAV, WMA, and several more. You can also select the output quality, with options including Original, LAME Insane, LAME Extreme, LAME Standard, High Quality, and Old Standard, among others.

Cons

Little guidance: There is really no Help file or other similar document to accompany this program. While the controls and features are straightforward enough, it would be nice to have something to reference if you did have a problem.

Bottom Line

Free Audio Converter is a good option, if you often need to convert files from one format to another for any number of purposes. It works quickly, and the Batch Conversion feature makes converting multiple files at once all the more convenient. And because it's free, there's really no reason not to try it out to see if it has the features and tools you're looking for.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Good in past - Norton IMMEDIATELY flags a malware"

January 09, 2016  |  By DumbUserName2

2016-01-09 21:29:43  |  By DumbUserName2

 |  Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.72.1224

Pros

No known pros, unless perhaps you have an older copy.

Cons

Norton would not even permit the download (Jan 9, 2016), from either of 2 "reputable" sites (including Cnet).

Summary

"This threat has been removed. No further action is needed."
Basically all you need to know.

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1 stars

"A wonderful product - just littered with PC poisons"

October 22, 2015  |  By stephen_jacks58

2015-10-22 20:44:45  |  By stephen_jacks58

 |  Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.65.1019

Pros

DVD VideoSoft (which now also calls itself "Digital Wave") has released a remarkable suite of tools, including this free Audio Converter, which offers every facility and fine nuance (all right, "variation of parameter") that you could ever wish for. Make teeny tiny MP3's or great big whopping conversions to the highest possible quality - it's all here. And for free? It's almost too good to be true.

Cons

...It IS too good to be true. As they say in Russia, you only get free cheese in a rat-trap. Download this muck and your computer will be riddled with malware, much of which is invisible to orthodox anti-virus software. That doesn't mean it's not there in your PC, beavering away to spy on your internet activity and threaten your system. Truly, this software is absolute poison. And the best thing is: you can pay $10 per year to be eligible for their de luxe aftercare! Good money to have your system ruined.

Summary

I am dismayed to see CNET continuing to endorse and disseminate software which they have been told by reviewers time and again is corrupt and corrupting. Clearly our warnings are neither read nor checked nor believed. So, since we're not taken seriously, lads: here's the drill. (1) Run a full system scan on a new computer. Load whatever anti-virus software you like (I use AVG and Avast) but be sure to include too Malware Bytes and - say - Spyhunter. (2) Download anything from DVD Videosoft. The full Free Studio caboodle if you like. (3) Run a full scan again.

Still think we're talking twaddle? Shame on you, boys. Shame on you. And if you don't halve time to check out software thoroughly: don't supply it on your site.

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1 stars

"Really crap s/w full of malware and viruses."

September 08, 2015  |  By teutoberger

2015-09-08 10:07:42  |  By teutoberger

 |  Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.61.805

Pros

There are no pros for this s/w. I had to give this thing 1 star to be able to post but if I could give it a minus 5 I would do so.

Cons

I agree with most of the negative comments here. This is the worst piece of crap s/w that Cnet has ever offered. The editors did really fall asleep on this one. The editors at Cnet have lost credibility with me. If the s/w was a baby that I had given Cnet to babysit they would have killed the baby. AT ALL COSTS STAY AS FAR AWAY FROM THIS S/W AS POSSIBLE IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR O/S INTACT! THIS S/W ACTUALLY RAPES YOUR MACHINE. IT CRASHED MINE AND I'M RUNNING KASPERSKY! It's chock full of malware and viruses. It WILL work fine for a few days even if you decline all the added s/w they try to push on you. But after a few days after using their audio editor and audio converter weird things start happening and your machine starts slowing down more and more. And then the occasional BSOD. After that it's all over but the crying. Had to save what I could from the corrupted disc and install a clean version of windows on a new disc. Took me hours and hours of work that I really couldn't spare.

Summary



Updated on Sep 8, 2015

I was very angry when I wrote the first review but I still stick by it. And I did decline all the extra "stuff". I don't understand why it works on some machines and not on others. My problem could have been that I was using BOTH their editor AND converter. I don't know. All know is that after I started using this s/w everything was fine for 3 or 4 days and then all of a sudden everything came to a grinding halt. I was trying to edit and convert some old saved cassette music. Suddenly I had a BSOD for no apparent reason. Got the machine back up again and then another one and finally wouldn't boot anymore. To say I was EXTREMELY ticked is a gross understatement. Hours and hours of work to get a new drive up and running. Reload all the necessary s/w. And save as much as possible from the corrupted drive. If the s/w works for you. Fine. Good for you. As in all things, user and buyer beware. I would NEVER touch it again. I don't want to have to say, I told you so. Good luck with it.

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1 stars

"Beware - This Application Contains Malware/Virus"

May 20, 2015  |  By Diamond Starr

2015-05-20 07:36:49  |  By Diamond Starr

 |  Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.57.219

Pros

Was easy to install.

Cons

The second the program was launched, I got a pop-up from my Malware scanner saying that "PUP.Optional.OpenCandy" had been installed on my PC. I also noticed that another application called "DVD Video Soft - Free Studio Manager". I did not download this file, I did not install this file, I did not want this file. This download package is full of spyware, malware and viruses. User beware!!

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5 stars

"I agree with James438"

May 16, 2015  |  By AlwaysGrateful

2015-05-16 11:17:27  |  By AlwaysGrateful

 |  Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.57.219

Pros

- Simple to install
- Simple to avoid the unwanted add-ons
- Simple to use; various options allow tweaking to suit your needs

Cons

- The lack of documentation means that you'll actually have to pay attention to what you are doing and learn as you go. It isn't much of a con, since by doing you'll learn every bit as quickly as you would by reading a list of instructions.

Summary

If the objective is to make me feel warm and fuzzy about products from DVDVideoSoft then the objective has been met. I like small programs that perform a specific function when needed, particularly when they give me a measure of control over how the process works.

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5 stars

"Simple, easy to use free audio converter"

May 05, 2015  |  By james438

2015-05-05 08:39:24  |  By james438

 |  Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.57.219

Pros

1. Simple to use.
2. Fast.
3. Free.
4. Does not expire.
5. free updates.
6. It remembers your file save location.

Cons

1. The skin is sleek, but I prefer plain black or white. Still fine though.
2. output files are tagged with www.dvdvideosoft.com in the comment tag, but that is easily removed.
3. custom installation should not be listed as "advanced" as it is not.

Summary

This software gets 5 stars from me. Yes, it comes with malware, but this is a free software and this developer is very open about it and makes it very easy to not install the third party software. Here is their policy on the matter:

"DVDVideoSoft's products are freeware. In order to maintain product development and provide you with high-quality software, DVDVideoSoft may bundle links to other websites and third-party apps installations including toolbars in its products. Every time DVDVideoSoft products are installed, you have an obvious option to accept or opt-out of such installations."

I have only been using it for a few days now, but I notice no hidden malware. It is simple and fast. This is the best free audio conversion software I have used. When installing be sure to select custom installation and uncheck the box asking if you want to install third party software.

This gets 5 stars from me. I recommend this free software.

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1 stars

"DO NOT DOWNLOAD!!! MALWARE ALERT!!!"

April 17, 2015  |  By met1111

2015-04-17 14:11:54  |  By met1111

 |  Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.57.219

Pros

None,review is totally misleading. Are CNET editors asleep.

Cons

This program comes with a lot of malware that is embedded in the download. Avoid this program.

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4 stars

"Good Program but the usual Baggage"

November 07, 2014  |  By Clarence Duffy

2014-11-07 13:20:47  |  By Clarence Duffy

 |  Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.51.1022

Pros

Easy to use.
Converts FLAC to mp3
Maintains the same bitrate.

Cons

Bloatware - will change your search engine and home page if you do not deselect 4 or 5 different boxes on sequential pages.

Summary

Nice free program. Easy to use, and it works just fine. I understand that they need to make a living, but the numerous attempts to load a new search engine or other undesired software is annoying. I would like to see them (and others) offer a ("Donate Now and skip the add-ons") choice.

Updated on Nov 7, 2014

After reading a few more reviews, I ran Malwarebytes. It removed OpenCandy, which this program forces you to accept. There is no opt out for OpenCandy. I think 3.5 stars is a more appropriate rating.

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1 stars

"Canceled before install completed"

May 30, 2014  |  By bnorml01

2014-05-30 13:35:31  |  By bnorml01

 |  Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.40.514

Pros

Did not get that far.

Cons

Did not get that far.

Summary

I understand that a free download will involve at least one add-on, that you can choose to install or not. But, this program wanted to add something on that I didn't want, that I could only get rid of after the install was complete. I wanted an audio converter, not an audio converter and....

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1 stars

"BEWARE! CNET IS WRONG ABOUT THIS ONE!"

April 28, 2014  |  By garrybock

2014-04-28 10:29:59  |  By garrybock

 |  Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.38.423

Pros

It does convert WMA files to MP3... but at a major cost!

Cons

A lot of extra programs, malware, spyware, browser hi-jacks are installed. DO NOT TRUST THIS program or CNET's rating. I wish I had read the reviews before installing this.

Summary

FreeAudioConverter will Hi-jack your system. Beware!!!

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What's new in version 5.0.73.119
Version 5.0.73.119 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher DVDVideoSoft
Publisher web site http://www.dvdvideosoft.com/
Release Date January 19, 2016
Date Added January 19, 2016
Version 5.0.73.119
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Rippers & Converting Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements .NET Framework 2 SP2
Download Information
File Size 25.15MB
File Name FreeAudioConverter.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 664,048
Downloads Last Week 2,521
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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