Switch Audio File Converter Plus

Switch Audio File Converter Plus

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 496 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.60
File Size:
640.06KB
Date Added:
July 01, 2014
Price:
Free to try (14-day trial); $34.99 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
2,860,579
Downloads Last Week:
1,759
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

We see a lot of audio converters, and there's really only so much that they can do to differentiate themselves from one another; we rarely see any that are particularly impressive. Switch Sound File Converter didn't do anything that blew us away in terms of design or features, yet this lightweight, uncluttered program won us over with its simplicity and ease of use.

The program's interface is quite basic and intuitive, with its features organized with well-labeled graphical buttons. Using the program couldn't be easier; users simply select the files they want to convert, choose the output format and destination folder, optionally adjust the encoder options, and Switch does the rest. Although the program only supports MP3 and WAV input formats, users can convert files to 21 different file types. The program has a few nice extras, including the ability to access the freeDB Internet Database for track listing information and the option to run Switch in the background if other programs are being used. Most impressively, users can configure the program to be accessible via right-clicking; up to three right-click options can be set, and then users need only right-click on an audio file within Explorer to select the desired output format and start the conversion. The program comes with an HTML Help file that is well-written and thorough. Overall, we found Switch to be extremely simple, suitable for even file conversion novices, but customizable enough to suit more advanced users.

Switch Sound File Converter is free. The program installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program to all users.

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  • All Versions:

    3.8

    out of 496 votes

    • 5 star: 241
    • 4 star: 114
    • 3 star: 41
    • 2 star: 25
    • 1 star: 75
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  • 5 stars

    "All I've needed, quick and reliable for years"

    January 28, 2014   |   By chobesoy

    Version: Switch Audio File Converter Plus 4.52

    Pros

    I purchased Switch a years ago and have really appreciated that I didn't need to purchase upgrades. It's worked great and is all I've needed, I've never had any problems. Granted I have simple conversions and they usually have the same specs, so I don't even think about it anymore - just drag, click to convert and there they are where they should be, in the right format, in a few seconds. This has kept me sane.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, this software outlived my computer and I did need to upgrade that! My question, is I know you can only purchase this for one computer at a time, but is it transferable since I'm the same user? I still have my email with my registration code and I don't think I bought a site license (I'm not sure but since it's not mentioned in my confirmation email and I only had one computer at that time I'm assuming not). I don't want my registration to be blocked if I paste in my old number onto the new system (warning prompt in registration box)

    Summary

    I realize consumers would have to be on honor code if it's a purchase per user, but if it must be purchased with each download onto a computer, then I will need to purchase this again as I've used this for a long time and it's never failed me. Thanks!

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  • 2 stars

    "OK but what a rip off"

    January 16, 2014   |   By IAC-Bob

    Version: Switch Audio File Converter Plus 4.52

    Pros

    Software does what it says on the tin, just about

    Cons

    Once you have had it for a couple of months you have to pay again for an upgrade.

    Summary

    There are other products as good that don't try to strip your wallet every few months

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  • 5 stars

    "Outstanding!"

    November 18, 2013   |   By stayunfazed

    Version: Switch Audio File Converter Plus 4.47

    Pros

    Big ass mass conversion of files

    Cons

    **** you cons

    Summary

    converts files and **** uber fast, super easy and super free

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  • 1 stars

    "A consistent the hell-with-the-customer policy."

    October 12, 2013   |   By Arash

    Version: Switch Audio File Converter Plus 4.47

    Pros

    You program works till you need to upgrade (please don't) or you need support.

    Cons

    You must BUY again for whatever reason you need help. The paid registered applications need to be purchased AGAINafter two months of purchase. It does not matter you paid for it before. You have to buy again. You didn't save your download? tough luck. Pay again, reinstall.

    Summary

    It's like buying a Rolex off a peddler down a busy alley at midnight. The support is THAT reliable.

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  • 2 stars

    "Mixed rsults"

    September 14, 2013   |   By SatoAh

    Version: Switch Audio File Converter Plus 4.47

    Pros

    Very quick batch conversion from WAV to FLAC, and the resulting files seemed high quality. Also quick batch conversion to mp3.

    Cons

    Could not identify 3gp audio files that were recorded on a voice recorder (Victor Reader Stream). Claimed that the files contained "no audio."

    Weird licensing policies - see other review

    Summary

    Purchased a previous version to convert to FLAC and that work OK. Purchased current version (Sept 2013) to convert about a hundred 3gp files which the specs claim to recognize, and it doesn't recognize them. I really should have tried the current trial version before buying it again.

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  • 1 stars

    "Misleading"

    August 15, 2013   |   By Dan3260

    Version: Switch Audio File Converter Plus 4.47

    Pros

    The program does convert file formats, quickly and efficiently. Can convert to most audio and video file formats.

    Cons

    The free version only converts five files. This is very misleading ( same as lying).

    Summary

    Explanation says that the program is free, which it is,( well the download is anyway) but they don't tell you all the restrictions. This is the same as lying and I will not purchase a product from any company that misleads it's potential clientele just to get them to try a product in hopes they will purchase it.

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  • 3 stars

    "Problems with time"

    June 03, 2013   |   By mose0109

    Version: Switch Audio File Converter Plus 4.47

    Pros

    It does its conversions in high quality and quickly.

    Cons

    it clipped off 20 seconds in all of my conversions

    Summary

    Its an okay program because it seems like I'm the only one with the problem. other than that one issue it is great! :)

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  • 4 stars

    "Great Freebie Program!"

    April 17, 2013   |   By kushbon

    Version: Switch Sound File Converter Plus 4.35

    Pros

    * Easy to D/L and set up
    * Ability to save in same file or select your own location
    * Fast conversions to MP3 from flac files or cd roms

    Cons

    * Limited extension types on free version
    * Sometimes you have to do one file at a time, particularly after you have been using the program for a bit.

    Summary

    I have not used the extra components offered with this program, but have been very happy with the speed of the Switch Audio converter. It's easy to use and one I recommend to friends who just want to put their music CDs on their computer, but are not "technically inclined". My only complaint is that sometimes you can load 6 or more files at once for converting, but other times, it will only convert one at a time. Not sure why, and since it works quickly and is free, it's still well worth using.

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  • 5 stars

    "Quick install, sounds perfect!"

    April 05, 2013   |   By elisejk

    Version: Switch Sound File Converter Plus 4.35

    Pros

    I have a .wav file of a family member who told us some family history and I wanted to preserve it for others. I tried 2 other free products and the sound of the new mp3 file was distorted on both. Sound was crackly and the bass sound was way over the top. This product was extremely fast and no distortion from the .wav and the mp3 converted file. Yea!

    Cons

    I have zero cons to list for this.

    Summary

    I would highly recommend this software.

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  • 2 stars

    "not very good"

    March 01, 2013   |   By mr_goldirocks

    Version: Switch Sound File Converter Plus 4.35

    Pros

    it barely does the job

    Cons

    it doesn't keep the order of the album that you are converting

    Summary

    I'm looking elsewhere before I buy

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