MP3 Checker

MP3 Checker


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.7
out of 6 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.0.8
File Size:
537.38KB
Date Added:
August 10, 2011
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Total Downloads:
21,693
Downloads Last Week:
53
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Any kind of data file can be corrupted, but your MP3s are especially vulnerable to damage and corruption since there's a lot of them, they tend to hang around for years, and all kinds of programs handle them. MP3 Checker is a simple, free tool that scans your MP3s for any kind of corruption, as long as it's data corruption; it can't tell good music from bad, only good files from bad. With drag-and-drop and file quarantining, it's fast, easy to use, and safe.

MP3 Checker is a simple tool with an appropriately simple interface: a main window with tabs labeled Bad MP3s and Good MP3s above a folder entry field, and buttons to open the target folder directly, delete all bad MP3s automatically, and set the options. Check boxes let us choose whether to scan only MP3s or data files, too. We browsed to our Music folder and clicked Scan. MP3 Checker quickly sifted our music collection, identifying five bad MP3s out of the lot and displaying the details in a pop-up that also listed the total playing time of our music files and the total amount of data it processed. Under Bad MP3s, it listed each suspicious file by its location and included the reason each was flagged -- typically because of repeated frames. We chose not to delete the bad MP3s until we'd made good files from the sources, but we can see how that might not be desirable (or feasible) in very large collections. MP3 Checker's scan options include telling it not to report minor glitches as bad or update ID3 tags on verified MP3s and to move corrupted MP3s to a quarantine file we could designate for further action. We couldn't access the online Help file, but MP3 Checker proved no challenge to figure out.

Anyone with a substantial digital music collection ought to download and run MP3 Checker -- and you might be surprised at what it finds. We were! But it's easy enough to quarantine or delete bad files before they crash your media player or wreak similar havoc on your tuneage, once MP3 Checker's done the heavy lifting for you.

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  • All Versions:

    2.7

    out of 6 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current Version:

    2.0

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 4 stars

    "No other quick-scanning product available"

    August 25, 2012   |   By vsmith1000

    Version: MP3 Checker 1.0.8

    Pros

    Detects missing MPEG headers
    Detects repeated frames

    Cons

    Not thorough enough for my taste -- would like to see a more sophisticated analysis

    Summary

    Good product that I use to test my files after creating back ups, and occasionally across my collection to catch errors.

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  • 1 stars

    "Didn't work for me"

    August 15, 2012   |   By froggieteacher55

    Version: MP3 Checker 1.0.8

    Pros

    I gave this software one star for being a great idea and working quickly to detect bad MP3 files.

    Cons

    Software crashed multiple times while trying to scan my Music folder. Not sure the results were reliable when I successfully managed to scan random smaller folders within the Music folder.

    Summary

    After having to restore my iPod Classic a few months ago because of some corrupt files which rendered all of my music un-playable, I was excited to find this program. I thought "If I had only had this software BEFORE my iPod crashed, maybe it could have been avoided." Unfortunately, I don't know that it would have made any difference.

    Download and install ran without a hitch. While trying to run the first scan, the program crashed. It crashed again the second time. Not being one to give up easily, I uninstalled, then reinstalled the product. Still crashed. I had been scanning the default C: drive so I decided to narrow the scan to only my Music folder. Still crashed. Hmmm....too many files perhaps? Evidently that was the problem, because after scanning random artist folders within my Music folder, I found that the scan continued without any further crashes. This was progress, but I have a LOT of music, and it would take forever to scan it all this way.

    I decided to scan a few more randomly chosen folders, both downloaded music and that obtained from CD's. I expected some problems with downloads so I was surprised when it only turned up one bad file out of several hundred. I was even more surprised when it found many, many bad files that I had put on my computer directly from CDs that I own.

    Like I said earlier, this is a great idea. It's a real shame it didn't work as stated.

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  • 1 stars

    "A Heedless Software to Miss!"

    August 14, 2012   |   By MeowWws

    Version: MP3 Checker 1.0.8

    Pros

    +Fluster with bunch of professional analysis tool.

    +Ideal to use in an environment where Microsoft windows features are being disabled. For example, would be your workplace.

    Cons

    +By no way the analysis tool to detect and remove is faster than your Mouse "Right Click" plus "Delete" button.

    +Despite their professional analysis, it is by far not a miracle that your personal judgement is far more accurate when judging music quality and files.

    Summary

    The developer that created this is clearly and puny scholar with nothing to better to do. If you are having this symptom, by all means, Download this Great App!

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