JetAudio Basic

JetAudio Basic

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1544 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.0.17
  • Total Downloads:
    24,534,423
  • Date Added:
    May 03, 2012
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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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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5 stars

"fantastic prog, older versions may have been better tho"

May 12, 2012  |  By Steve_Char

 |  Version: JetAudio Basic 8.0.17

Pros

very user friendly user interface

Cons

some features in older versions were better

Summary

still the only prog i use for music or video playback

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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

"Does what it should do"

October 28, 2013  |  By Daphon

 |  Version: JetAudio Basic 8.0.17

Pros

Equalizer
Sound quality output

Cons

Noob unfriendly interface/options
Not the best video player

Summary

The best music player I found so far. Had trouble with the sound output of my laptop, and tried many different options and players, but so far I'd call this piece of software the solution to the problem I've been having. Great sound.

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3 stars

"Nothing Special"

September 02, 2013  |  By cg57

 |  Version: JetAudio Basic 8.0.17

Pros

Can't think of any

Cons

Would hang while trying to do an initial scan of my media library.

Not much good if it doesn't even know what I have to play.

Summary

I downloaded this as a companion to the Android version. That one is great, but the Windows version gave me nothing but trouble. I ended up uninstalling it.

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4 stars

"Not a bad player"

August 10, 2013  |  By kingbed42

 |  Version: JetAudio Basic 8.0.17

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

None that I know of

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5 stars

"Best audio player. Ever!"

July 27, 2013  |  By ayeshrajans

 |  Version: JetAudio Basic 8.0.17

Pros

- Easy to use Playlist
- Auto playlists
- Playlist can be put in the edges of the screen, and can be called back with a mouse over.
- Global shortcuts (works when playing full screen games as well)
- Nice UI.
- Recorder, Ripper, and converter tools (I purchased the premium version)
- Wide range of effects, equalizer presets, and a custom equalizer built in.
- Live file system look for new media

Cons

- It takes some to to manually refresh media information.
- No queuing like the iTunes "Play after this song" feature.
- The playlist doesn't work very well after multiple windows are set to full screen.
- No album-based playback
- Video playback is horrible. But it's JetAUDIO!

Summary

I have been using JetAudio for more than 4 years now, and still, it's my favorite audio player. I also purchased the premium version and I'm sure it's worth it.

If you haven't tried the Media Center, Playlist, and global hotkeys, you haven't used it.

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1 stars

"Could not save a playlist!"

July 17, 2013  |  By dogman573

 |  Version: JetAudio Basic 8.0.17

Pros

Easy download

Cons

Interface is anything but intuitive

Summary

I'm not a newbie to PC software including music managers, but I'm derned if I could see how to save anything. Maybe my brain has been poisoned by WMP, or maybe it's sales pressure to buy PLUS.

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5 stars

"Impressive!"

July 02, 2013  |  By fathinqurr

 |  Version: JetAudio Basic 8.0.17

Pros

-The skins are good, and good looking. you can choose whether it is small or large or huge
-I can control the speed of the audio, the pitch and also the sound effect. nice to have fun with this.
-Playlist: drag the playlist to the edge of the screen, enable the "always on top", and... what? i just like it.

Cons

doesn't work with video subtitles. I don't use this program to play movie with subtitle.

Summary

if you want this just to play musics and have fun with it, try this!

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1 stars

"Useless for converting CDA music files to MP3"

April 22, 2013  |  By Eddie-Von-Tripp

 |  Version: JetAudio Basic 8.0.17

Pros

None that I could see

Cons

Does not work as mentioned - does not even recognize cda files as a valid music file, so it will NOT convert them to mp3.

Summary

Don't bother if you want something to convert from cda to mp3.

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1 stars

"Too limited"

March 31, 2013  |  By coombspd

 |  Version: JetAudio Basic 8.0.17

Pros

Who knows. I dropped it the minute that it restricted me to a 1 minute video conversion.

Cons

What's the point of using something that won't let you do what you want. It's upgrade is a high $29, too.

Summary

If you want to convert video files, look elsewhere.

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1 stars

"won't install"

February 17, 2013  |  By nickrusso

 |  Version: JetAudio Basic 8.0.17

Pros

none I can see

Cons

It won't install!

Summary

gave me an error during install saying it couldn't write to the drive (w/ 600 GB of space).

I was using Revo Uninstaller. Maybe it didn't like that, but I was wary about the problems others have had with uninstalling.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.0.17
  • Removed upsampling in MP3 decoder.
  • Fixed bug in M4A/Speex Reader.
  • Some audio codecs were removed from internal audio decoder. "\Common Files\COWON\JetMPAd.ax".
  • Please use ffdshow or AC3Filter for those audio codecs.
  • Fixed noise when playing mov videos captured from digital camera.
  • Fixed video conversion error.
  • Displays multiple subtitles simultaneously.
  • Fixed seek problem for some M4A/AAC files.
  • Improved sound quality when changing speed.
  • Fixed other minor bugs.
  • General
    Publisher Cowon America
    Publisher web site http://www.cowonamerica.com
    Release Date May 03, 2012
    Date Added May 03, 2012
    Version 8.0.17
    Category
    Category MP3 & Audio Software
    Subcategory Music Management Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 37.12MB
    File Name JAD8103BASIC.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 24,534,423
    Downloads Last Week 14,359
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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