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JetAudio Basic

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JetAudio is the software component of Cowon's media players and devices. It's available as a free media player for Windows under the name of JetAudio Basic. It's anything but basic, though. In addition to being a stylish and capable player that can handle most file types, JetAudio Basic includes audio and video converters, audio CD burning and ripping, sound recording, skins, Internet broadcasting via JetCast, and other fun and useful JetToys. New to JetAudio 8 is an integrated GUI with optional Media Center Interface.

When we first ran JetAudio, we clicked the Choose Windows Configuration option from the Cowon Media Center folder on the Start Menu. The first page asks how you want to use JetAudio, with main window, toolbar, and Media Center combinations optimized for music, video, or file management. We chose the default options.

The Media Center interface is more substantial than a typical player-playlist setup, more closely resembling an Explorer program than a media tool (and a refreshing change from another Media Center we won't mention). The top panel is JetAudio's media player; it's a good-looking unit, too, with a blue-glass look and a spectral display. In the default view, the sidebar tree view doesn't navigate Explorer but the Media Center's features. But we could open My Computer and Portable Devices from controls next to the player interface. Many users may opt just to use the slender, optional toolbar, which autofits to the top or bottom of the screen and can be dragged around the desktop. We ran the configuration tool again and tried this and other interface options; each has something to recommend it.

JetAudio also scanned our system for media files when we first ran it. The Media Center interface displayed crisp, clear video playback, even with Flash videos saved from online. Of course, JetAudio really shines in playing and organizing your music collection, though audio and video quality largely depends on your audio and video cards and other variables. If we had one complaint, it's that the numerous controls sometimes aren't intuitive in layout or labeling. But JetAudio offers a real Media Center alternative with tons of extras, and it belongs on your short list.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Why is this rated high???"

    March 30, 2014  |   By sixwingsfire

    Version: JetAudio Basic 8.1.1.2010

    Pros

    It reads a lot of file types, I guess

    Cons

    Where do I start? It's media library is worthless. Not easy to navigate and the sorting options are there but they don't work. I tried sorting by file type because I wanted to select .FAC files instead of MP3s in an album, but it just won't so I have to click each file with the mouse to select, and is there a search? I couldn't find one. The media library also freezes and crashes if you look at it wrong. Tried to burn a CD and I chose 8x speed. It proceeded to burn at 3x speed and only burned 2 songs of the 18 I had selected and then spit the ruined CD out. There's multiple other bugs that I don't have time for here. It's not intuitive AT ALL either, and I'm far from a novice with audio programs.

    Summary

    I'm still on a quest for a really good audio management/player/burner combo. So far, sadly, Windows Media Player is as good as any, even with it's many annoying problems. I recommend WinAmp or Windows over this Jet Audio though. I couldn't do basic things on here without a problem, bug or crash or just being puzzled or annoyed in some way.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Permission"

    March 21, 2014  |   By moische1000

    Version: JetAudio Basic 8.1.1.2010

    Pros

    Lightweight and easy to use.

    Cons

    Something the installation is doing without asking for permission. Whatever it is was violating security policy.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Much better and lighter than winamp"

    March 1, 2014  |   By Patje.D

    Version: JetAudio Basic 8.1.1.2010

    Pros

    Light, very easy gui

    Cons

    non so far

    Summary

    Way much better compared with winamp

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Download from a clean website, not from CNET"

    February 9, 2014  |   By as22222

    Version: JetAudio Basic 8.1.1.2010

    Pros

    Very good software, almost perfect sound and plays whatever you throw at it.

    Cons

    Will come with malware if loaded from CNET as is the case with all downloads from such malware sites. Use a clean website like filehippo and get the player software only for installing.

    Summary

    Highly recommended but get a clean copy from a clean website like filehippo.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Malware Malware Malware"

    January 5, 2014  |   By bonj100

    Version: JetAudio Basic 8.1.1.2010

    Pros

    Don't even go there

    Cons

    This product is loaded with adware and malware that is nearly impossible to get rid of once it gets on your computer. I finally got rid of it by running adware cleaner, junkware removal tool, malwarebyte and hitman in that order and several times.

    I'm not sure if there's still something left but neither my Comodo AV or Spybot found this crap. DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS PROGRAM

    Summary

    This is a piece of junk loaded with malware.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "product is great-- have been using for many years"

    January 1, 2014  |   By retrep120100

    Version: JetAudio Basic 8.1.1.2010

    Pros

    All good --Very useful

    Cons

    downloaded jetaudio but along with it also loaded a pop up ad generator that I can't rid of and my ad blocker does not handle it..
    I didn't have it before I upgraded to current version and I am at a loss on how to get rid of it.. It is very distracting , to say the least..
    Please help.
    I want it off my system

    Summary

    As I said, Jet audio is wonderful but either you or cnet added this ad generator (Passhow)

    What ever help you can give me to get it off I would appreciate..Thank you

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