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Free Audio Converter

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We've tried tons of freeware MP3 converters. They tend to fall somewhere in between Easy Enough for Beginners and Feature-Filled for Experts. DVDVideoSoft's Free Audio Converter definitely registers on the "Easy" end of the dial, but it offers enough options to enable you to encode your MP3s in several different formats, including three levels of LAME. A Preset Wizard makes it easy to save your settings for future use. It can access compatible audio files on your hard drive or stored on a CD, but it doesn't rip CD audio.

Free Audio Converter shares a basic interface style and background with DVDVideoSoft's other audio/video freeware, with a colorful abstract design and a minimum of controls. You can add files by clicking Add Files and browsing or by dragging and dropping files directly into Free Audio Converter's main window. A Save To field is easy enough to understand, as is the Quality button, which let us select the type of encoding we wanted, including AAC, APE, FLAC, WMA, WAV, and OGG (MP3, too!). A drop-down list offers further refinement, including not only three levels of LAME quality (Insane, Extreme, and Standard) but also Original Audio and even Audio Book, the CD audio standard. Free Audio Converter uses handy pop-ups to edit tags and file names. Clicking the Magic Wand icon opens the Preset Editor, a handy wizard for saving presets for a variety of different file types and situations. With it, you can create different profiles for your best tunes and your podcasts. Basic options include ATI-based acceleration, interface languages, and a selection of attractive themes that improve on the basic look.

We browsed to our music archive and selected some MP3s, which appeared in the main window in a list we could edit with Up/Down arrows. We made our selections and pressed Convert. Free Audio Converter did its thing quickly, and the finished tunes played normally in our usual player. Free Audio Converter can handle WAVs, which gives it an advantage over similar tools that require external help (such as Winamp) to encode and convert MP3s to WAVs for editing.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Basic but nice"

    March 8, 2014  |   By nichathan

    Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.35.304

    Pros

    wide range of files of convert and very user friendly.

    Cons

    had a little trouble converting I actually had to delete the top song off my list and convert them one at a time for some reason

    Summary

    I did not get any extra downloads with this one you have to realize when you download anything off the internet they are paid to put in adds so you have to not download them and it really annoys me when idiots don't even know internet safety and then bash a perfectly good product because the person doesn't have a brain.

    and for anyone who falls under the no brain category here is a how you download from the internet.

    1: check and make sure the link you click on is a trusted link and will not redirect you multiple times
    2: make sure you are downloading what you expect to download
    3: you are allowed to decline in a download you do not have to click accept and for gods sake read the terms and conditions it will say what you are downloading
    4: read the installer information before clicking it make sure that is what you expected it to be
    5: never do the recommended installation it tells you right off the bat that recommended adds crud and auto likes things on social media networks, instead go with custom and unclick every box once again after you have read the content and decided it is not what you want
    6: when you are finally done don't click finish they sometimes add something extra on that last page so just close the installer even if you have to use task manager to use it
    7: if all else fails and you end up with a virus or extra programs then delete the program files
    8: if that fails restore your computer to an earlier state
    9 if that fails factory reset (more likely than not this is all a computer shop will do for you ...150 dollars for something you can do for free

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do not install"

    January 11, 2014  |   By matthew423

    Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.32.1230

    Pros

    None------

    Cons

    Installs other programs

    Summary

    DO NOT install this program. It will automatically install about six to seven more unwanted programs with it and there is nothing you can do to stop it. The one program I actually wanted did not even work properly. Don't risk it, just choose another free program.

    Updated on Jan 11, 2014

    I made this account just to write this review.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!! imbedded Malware"

    November 20, 2013  |   By motisaz

    Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.30.1022

    Pros

    NONE! Program did not offer MP3 to CD Audio conversion.

    Cons

    SOFTWARE CONTAINS MALWARE/TROJAN DOORWAY

    Summary

    Installing causes ads to appear on the bottom of screen. Opt out, and it simply goes into stealth mode. The download file somehow camouflages the file and fooled my current Norton Security. BAD NEWS!

    Even carefully refusing additional software options, the program opens Adpeak - Scorpion, infusing a doorway for other malware/Trojans to infect your computer.

    I was in a hurry, and didn't read other's comments; as they say, MY BAD. Cost me lots of frustration and hour stripping links and re-directs out of REGISTRY.

    Registry Search: Scorpion, Adpeak, but it may allow Trojan acceptance from other malware sites.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "MALWARE BUNDLE TRASH!!!"

    November 11, 2013  |   By scott_hates_malware

    Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.30.1022

    Pros

    Admittedly, didn't even run the program. See below.

    Cons

    * Installed a Chrome extension, no option to not install it. Auto-hijacked that I was logged into facebook and Auto-liked all sorts of trash.
    * Installed an IE extension, no option to not install it.
    * Does not create an entry in Control Panel programs to uninstall ANYTHING. You have to run their binaries to uninstall. Given the above, I don't trust them.

    Summary

    * Registered an account with cnet for the sole purpose of writing this up.
    * Wouldn't be surprised if I got rootkitted as well.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "MALWARE BUNDLE - Awoid at all cost"

    October 17, 2013  |   By Poul75

    Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.29.925

    Pros

    Free (If you do not have to pay anyone to clean your computer afterwards)

    Cons

    Lacks A LOT of BASIC functionality that more serious programs have to offer. Yes it can convert files, but there is a lot more to it if you are maintaning a music collection. The program's only reason for existance is to fill your computer with malware. I am still struggling to get rid of snap toolbar and other browser hijacking stuff.

    Summary

    Question is why cnet promotes this? They have rated it higher than Mediamonkey. They used to cover our back and at least try to look for malware.

    I do not understand how this product is higher rated by users, than many real programs. Download.com just is not a safe place anymore.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "simple and easy to use"

    September 6, 2013  |   By 505lobo

    Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.28.827

    Pros

    clean interface, easy to use

    Cons

    had some problems converting wav to wma

    Summary

    would recommend it for simple conversions

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does the job without any hiccup - malware free"

    August 11, 2013  |   By reksesh

    Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.27.717

    Pros

    Easy installation
    smooth and quick conversion
    Options to avoid add-ons that really work
    No malware files

    Cons

    None that I can think of for now.

    Summary

    A free converter that is worth a small donation.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does the job without any hiccup - malware free"

    August 11, 2013  |   By reksesh

    Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.27.717

    Pros

    Easy installation
    smooth and quick conversion
    Options to avoid add-ons that really work
    No malware files

    Cons

    None that I can think of for now.

    Summary

    A free converter that is worth a small donation.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple, with great features and free!"

    March 20, 2013  |   By Ed_Jones99

    Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.22.128

    Pros

    1. Looks nice.
    2. Easy to use but still functional.
    3. Useful options.
    4. Wide variety of different file types to convert to.
    5. Customisable.

    Cons

    None that I could find after my relatively short experience with this program.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It's good, but there's no such thing as a free lunch..."

    October 15, 2012  |   By stephen_jacks58

    Version: Free Audio Converter 5.0.18

    Pros

    An astounding suite of first-rate freebies. Only if you pay will you find anything better. But it comes at a hidden price...

    Cons

    ...and the hidden price is, it's extremely hard to avoid signing up for a truly hideous toolbar which draws you into the world of a spammer (scammer?) called Conduit. The jury is still out on whether Conduit (and the DVDsoft toolbar that manifests it) can be rated as malware, and I can't afford a libel suit: so dig deep into the internet coverage for yourselves. That's all I'll say; but be aware that even if the DVDSoft toolbar were the best thing since Jesus H Christ (and it ain't), it is EXTREMELY invasive and exceedingly difficult to remove - above all from Google Chrome, where it will also wreck all your personal settings.

    Summary

    Outstanding free software but be aware that it is not quite what it seems - and as the Russians say, "You only get free cheese in a rat trap." Never download with CHET's "smart install" and only download manually if you are vigilant to avoid its hidden extras at every turn: No, you do NOT want the DVDsoft toolbar and no, you do not want to download six times faster or eight times faster or...whatever. In fact the answer, and every option you'll be given is "No...no...no...no...no...no."

    That said, if the You Tube downloader here also handled video material from other sites (as the Ant Downloader does, for instance, on Firefox): then this would be an outright winner.

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