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JetAudio Basic

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During installation, you have to be careful if you don't want to set JetAudio Basic as the default application for audio and video files. However, the freeware application gives you plenty of reasons to make it your only player. The interface has a modern design that looks like an equalizer. You can customize each section of the program, from CD ripping to format conversion, to your heart's content. The program can convert files among some a number of formats, as well as read and edit MP3 tags. The built-in Cross-fader, Reverb, and Wide-sound modes provide a nice touch not found in most MP3 players. The program becomes truly unique with its clock, however, which features a timer and an alarm. We also appreciate the inclusion of a tool for seeking out song lyrics. Our only quibble is it treats a playlist as an album but uses the artist as its primary key field, making it difficult to locate mixes. JetAudio Basic's appealing product set should attract audiophiles.
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    3.9 stars

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    • 1 star: 181
  • Current version:

    3.7 stars

    out of 44 votes

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A versatile freeware player with common shortcomings."

    August 29, 2010  |   By dash360

    Version: JetAudio Basic 6.2.8

    Pros

    (1) The basic version is FREE and adequate. (2) Extras, such as audio and video conversion tools, are available for a small price, and they're worth it. (3) Simple GUI, with many options and formats. (4) No pop-ups ads.

    Cons

    (1) No HELP menu, FAQs, or glossary (not that they really help or that your are likely to find your questions). As with many other similar programs, you have to learn by trial-and-error. (2) Warning: attempted navigation may cause eye-strain.

    Summary

    This is not a glitzy player like Windows Media Player, but the GUI is simple, and there are many formats and options to choose from. Sometimes, however, the simplicity is misleading; when you scratch the surface, you find the hidden complexity and obfuscation. The following issues are not unique to jetAudio:
    (1) Why are the pull-down menu and other option selectors so difficult to see? Tiny, almost microscopic camouflaged (silver-on-silver, or black-on-black) letters: "S" (skins) or "P" (Preferences), and "V" (down arrow) for everything else. What are they trying to do, make us go blind?
    (2) Some of the menu items are in "Geeklish" or acronyms which need explaining.
    (3) What is the difference between "Artist" and "Album Artist"? With most popular music, it's fairly simple, but with classical music, it gets complicated. E.g., how do you organize your library by: composer > conductor > orchestra > soloist > etc.?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent"

    March 26, 2007  |   By suitlandmd

    Version: JetAudio Basic 6.2.8

    Pros

    excellent

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I cannot stand it when apps say free and no limitations whe they are not free."

    March 25, 2007  |   By billsmith8

    Version: JetAudio Basic 6.2.8

    Pros

    There is nothing I like about this program

    Cons

    It is not w/o limitaions unless you buy it. Don't download if this is what you are expecting

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Decent but has its problems."

    March 19, 2007  |   By combinement13

    Version: JetAudio Basic 6.2.8

    Pros

    It plays every different type of file that I have tried. Good interface with a great look to it.

    Cons

    I tried to burn many CD's with it and every single one of them failed, in total about 15 times, switched to a different program and it burned perfectly fine.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Tries to be too many things and ends up a confusing mess"

    March 17, 2007  |   By shurlocke

    Version: JetAudio Basic 6.2.8

    Pros

    It can view many types of file formats, it's nice looking in it's default skin. You can broadcast stuff from your pc.

    Cons

    It can view many types of file formats, neat, but so what? There are other programs that can do a much better job of that, usually alternatives to microsoft explorer. I also found the console to be confusing, it was a mess of various things with odd names. One reviewer said it was a no-brainer, well yes some of it is, but there were all kinds of weird options, obviously some are useful to others but maybe not me, but again, it looked like a mess and wasn't easy to figure out what I was looking at. One reviewer said there was no help file (well that helps me doesn't it?)

    I kept looking for various skins that I could tolerate but they were all flawed or amateur looking in some way. The best one was the mac skin and instead of appearing how it did in this preview picture, it ended up having ugly black fields every other field in the play list. A huge eyesore. I looked at a big list of skins by the way.

    One thing that really really annoyed me was that it kept trying to scan ALL my files even though I kept telling it not to do that, it was a huge resource hog when it tried to.

    I also read from one review that it does not convert audio files to mp3s, if that is true, why not? I suppose the company wants everyone to move to mp3 pro, maybe they want some fame for starting some mp3 pro movement?

    Conclusion:

    It's not as good as winamp that's for sure as far as available skins, GOOD looking skins, simplicity, and ease of use.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great free software"

    March 14, 2007  |   By Barnstow

    Version: JetAudio Basic 6.2.8

    Pros

    This player looks great and beats Winamp in many categories, hands down. There are some questions about some format support but they're minor in comparison to the vast integration that this software provides.

    Cons

    You can only convert 30 seconds of video, so I hope you keep things short.

    WHERE'S THE HELP DOCUMENTS?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "user friendly, intuitive, copes with all the files I throw at it"

    March 14, 2007  |   By alanfreshwater

    Version: JetAudio Basic 6.2.8

    Pros

    give it a media file and Jet Audio plays it. I like the simple way it manages albums and playlists

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Nice Interface"

    March 7, 2007  |   By lyssa~.

    Version: JetAudio Basic 6.2.8

    Pros

    Beautiful skin, easy to use as a media player. Very nice playlist options. Updates to current Microsoft codecs without forcing XP or Microsoft-sanctioned downloads on a user. (Makes it nice for Mac & Linux users.)

    A great 'no brainer' program.

    Cons

    Free version does not convert .wma's (Windows Media Audio) to .mp3's as the description states. Will convert to .rm (Real Media), .wma's, other Microsoft compatible formats and mpeg-layer3's (video)...

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  • 4.0 stars

    "This is possibly the best in regard to the AUDIO EFFECTS"

    March 3, 2007  |   By MNBSwamy

    Version: JetAudio Basic 6.2.8

    Pros

    I HAVE ONLY POSITIVE THINGS TO MENTION ABOUT THE SOFTWARE.NO PROBLEM WHATSOEVER EXPERIENCED IN PAST 6 YEARS OF USAGE.

    I MUST THANK JET AUDIO FOR THE SERVICES.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "cnet's editor's pick with 5 stars - dead on !"

    March 2, 2007  |   By hmazuji

    Version: JetAudio Basic 6.2.8

    Pros

    this player rules. period. end of discussion. jet audio is the finishing touch to my amd 4400+ dual-core, soundblaster audigy, boston acoustics 4.1 system. it rocks ! i've downloaded jet audio many times for different pc's and different installations. it's always been absolutely fabulous.

    Cons

    no help files or index for help, so i had to figure out where the repeat mode option was. it's on the player, not in the menu options. things like that detract from the 5 star rating to give it 5 stars still. that's how awesome this player is.

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