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Free MP3 Converter

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MP3s let you pack thousands of songs onto one disc, yet they still sound good, especially on your smartphone or portable player. More than one type of encoding goes about calling itself "MP3," and they're not always completely compatible with every device and app. To standardize your MP3 collection, you'll need an MP3 converter, such as Free MP3 Converter from Pianosoft. It can convert your MP3s into several formats and quality levels, and when paired with Winamp, it can upconvert your MP3s to WAVs for compatibility with WAV editors. You can also use it to reduce and convert captured audio from other sources, such as Line In, TV In, and Mic In. Of course, it also makes quick work of converting WAV audio created by the built-in Sound Recorder in Windows; however, it doesn't rip audio from CDs. Plenty of tools do, but they don't always offer many output options. That's where Free MP3 Converter steps in, converting immense WAVs into wee MP3s.

MP3 converters and utilities tend to break down into two camps: those offering maximum control and those designed to be as easy to use as possible. There's a lot of traffic between the two camps, naturally, and while Free MP3 Converter definitely pitches its tent in the easy-to-use camp, it has its share of options, though once you've set them, you can hide them. Free MP3 Converter makes things clear enough for beginners to grasp, such as entry fields labeled Choose Input File and Choose Output File as well as icons labeled Browse Input and Browse Output. Check boxes select easy options such as Voice mode, High Quality, and Mark All as Copyrighted as well as advanced options like Byte swab all data, Downmix stereo to mono, and Do Not Use Short Blocks. We could also specify I/O frequencies, output mode, and bit rate. Once we'd made our choices, we could hide the Options and quickly process batches of files from an efficient minimized view.

Free MP3 Converter is a full-featured converter with many options, but it's easy on the user, too, with an agreeable balance between simplicity and flexibility.

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  • All versions:

    2.6 stars

    out of 34 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 14
  • Current version:

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Batch Version Costs $20"

    March 8, 2014  |   By cabinj

    Version: Free MP3 Converter 3.4

    Pros

    Looks like a reasonably easy to use application

    Cons

    Not really free, since it costs $20 if you want to convert more than one file at a time.

    Summary

    Still looking for a free MP3 converter to convert all my music files to MP3.

    Updated on Mar 8, 2014

    Not really Free Ware. Would appreciate CNET doing a better job of explaining this before I bothered downloading. From reading other reviews, re: Spyware, I'm glad I didn't run the program.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Deceptive presentation"

    June 18, 2013  |   By tecrekka

    Version: Free MP3 Converter 3.4

    Pros

    It doesn't make your computer burst into flames

    Cons

    Installs, runs batch conversion to 100%, then a pop up suggests you buy the Pro version, to finish the conversion

    Summary

    Not only does it tandem with a bunch of useless game software, it runs and THEN tells you it really isn't doing anything. Very disappointing.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "LEAD IS A SCAM, CNET SHOULD HAVE BEEN TRUTHFUL"

    November 1, 2012  |   By wolfman072-2009

    Version: Free MP3 Converter 3.4

    Pros

    It only converts partial files, and makes you buy the full retail version. It is supposed to be freeware. Freeware is where you get a free program and if it works for you, you go to the programmers site and give him a donation. DONT WASTE YOUR TIME.. Unless you want to buy the full version, its only 20 bucks but why do they lie about it.

    Cons

    not truthful,

    Summary

    probably works good but the selling tactic is a scam

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't waste your time"

    September 4, 2012  |  

    Version: Free MP3 Converter 3.4

    Pros

    None at all

    Cons

    Spyware galore! Also you can only use it once and then it wants you to by the pro version so it will work again.

    Summary



    Updated on Sep 8, 2012

    This is NOT FREE! Don't waste your time.

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