JetAudio Basic

JetAudio Basic

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1538 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
8.1.2
File Size:
386.32KB
Date Added:
July 18, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
23,875,862
Downloads Last Week:
12,145
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

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Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    3.9

    out of 1538 votes

    • 5 star: 749
    • 4 star: 370
    • 3 star: 131
    • 2 star: 106
    • 1 star: 182
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  • 4 stars

    "JetAudio Basic**** 5 STARS****"

    July 20, 2014   |   By tryingalways

    Version: JetAudio Basic 8.1.2

    Pros

    For the sound, options, PLAY BACK OF AUDIO AND VIDEO.... if you do not have a good video and sound cards, you are not going to get what this player / recorder can do. A good EQ, presets and two custom sets. Playing of many video and audio formats. The BEST VISUALULIZATIONS FOR ANY PLAYER I HAVE SEEN TO GO ALONG WITH YOUR MUSIC. Looks great on a HD TV with it reminds you then why you bought a HD TV.

    Cons

    Learning all of what the options you can control to make things be better or fit your needs...didn't take long though to learn

    Summary

    Media Monkey, Winamp and Jet Audio, I do not recommend for the beginner, That is why I think why the other people have given this player / recorder a bad review, another reason is the computer it has been downloaded down to. Without a good sound card and speakers. Not recommended for ant type of laptop or tablet, for they cannot produce good sound even with a good sound card unless you are going to listen to the music through a good pair of headphones / in-ear Stereophones with double or triple Flange (fits in ear better and is much more comfortable) , Like Koss, Klipsch, Sennheiser to name a few.

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  • 5 stars

    "GREAT MUSIC PLAYER EQUALIZER I'VE EVER FOUND!!! FREE!"

    July 04, 2014   |   By jlittlej123

    Version: JetAudio Basic 8.1.1.2010

    Pros

    BEST music player and the equalizer is AWESOME!!! I thought my purchased computer speakers were crap until I installed this player! Volume GREATLY increased and with multiple pre-set equalizer settings, I can hear individual instruments, background voices, etc. Uninstalled VLC and Helium (ugh!) immediately. I downloaded from CNET and had no problems. A MUST - When you start installation, you must SELECT "Custom" installation. When you do, DE-SELECT any additional software it's going to automatically install. This should help stop the issues. Automatically links to a Lyric service and many other features! Don't miss out on this great music player!

    Cons

    So many great things included in this free version, the only "possible" con could be that after opening the song lyric feature, you may have to click on the link to pull the song lyrics in from the song lyric provider site. Not a biggie. Takes about a second and it provides a list of possible songs, in case, the song title is not an exact match.

    Summary

    BEST (free) music player and the equalizer EVER!!! And I have been looking for over 10 years. Can't understand why so many others were having so many problems. I also still have Windows XP, which I am very happy with, and so maybe that is a factor, as well.

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  • 1 stars

    "Complete Crap"

    June 16, 2014   |   By JonDdrummer

    Version: JetAudio Basic 8.1.1.2010

    Pros

    absolutely none

    Cons

    First of all, when installation begins, it sets of my antivirus detecting adware exe files...
    Second, what kind of audio converter does not have MP3 as an output option???

    Summary

    CRAP!!!

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  • 1 stars

    "Ridiculous"

    June 11, 2014   |   By karenoffereins

    Version: JetAudio Basic 8.1.1.2010

    Pros

    None. None whatsoever.

    Cons

    I had Chrome open with multiple tabs and windows. As part of the installation, this program closed Chrome entirely. Re-launching did not open previous tabs and windows, as was my setting. Just a new tab. Settings had changed to just open a new tab. Evil.

    On top of that, I downloaded this to convert .wav files. When trying to do so, mp3 or m4a were not output options. Which are common audio file types.

    Bonus is that when launched, it displays all other windows above its bottom toolbar.

    Summary

    It sucks.

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  • 2 stars

    "Partial replacement of Winamp"

    April 26, 2014   |   By Luka967

    Version: JetAudio Basic 8.1.1.2010

    Pros

    - Friendly interface
    - Very customizable
    - Equalizer animation is nice
    - Ideas are nice

    Cons

    - Downloading YouTube videos is ONLY for PERSONAL work but there is no warning for that
    - Plus the link for downloading is not available
    - Two informations for changing music is too much
    - The main window uses a lot of space (I have a 1366x768 screen)
    - Too many options
    - No shuffle or loop buttons

    Summary

    Gah. I said PARTIAL replacement of Winamp. I don't like it very much, to be precise. Also, downloading YouTube videos? ILLEGAL! Many users can freely upload the video. Luckily, YouTube has ContentID matcher so BE CAUTIOUS WITH THAT THINGY TOOL.
    Plus, too many options. TOO MANY. Winamp is a lot better than this crap. This program offers too many options for me. I don't want to click any other button except for playing music and changing playlist(s).

    In four words: This program is annoying.

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  • 2 stars

    "Not user-friendly"

    April 18, 2014   |   By Axia101

    Version: JetAudio Basic 8.1.1.2010

    Pros

    Player is light, sound is very good.

    Cons

    Not intuitive at all. A nightmare to create a playlist. Impossible to make it do what you want. Cannot go back in random mode to listen to a song again because player doesn't retain position and randomizes again. Difficult to edit.

    Summary

    Annoying

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  • 1 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 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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  • 2 stars

    "Should have tried the free one first."

    March 21, 2014   |   By Doug Cook

    Version: JetAudio Basic 8.0.17

    Pros

    None, there is little about it that I liked.

    Cons

    I bought this as part of a promotion through DFX. It was a waste of my money, I should have tried the free version first. It was a pain in the ass to work with, and I didn't see anything that was worth the hype.

    Summary

    Don't **** away your money without trying the free version first.

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  • 5 stars

    "Much better and lighter than winamp"

    March 01, 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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