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Master Your Music With These Free Desktop MP3 & Audio Apps

Record, edit, mix, convert, and share MP3s with our free software.

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Whether you're looking to optimize existing music software with plug-ins, simply store and play MP3s, or convert, mix, edit, share, or burn files, certain requirements come into play. Sound quality,more

Whether you're looking to optimize existing music software with plug-ins, simply store and play MP3s, or convert, mix, edit, share, or burn files, certain requirements come into play. Sound quality, file compatibility, editing features, playback controls, and sharing tools are some of the biggest factors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you collaborate in real time?
You may want to start a track on one device and share with a friend for input on another device.
Is the app responsive and intuitive?
The app should be nimble during audio playback, skipping, editing, or conversion from one format to another. Controls should be clearly defined and easy to use.
Can I customize with skins?
Power users love to customize the appearance of their audio players, so the ability to add skins is mandatory.
What are my sharing options?
You want to be able to export or share your musical finds, playlists, or creations over email, messaging apps, social media, between computers and portable devices, or with an optical disc.
Is it compatible with your file?
There are tons of music file formats, such as MP3, WAV, WMA, and you want to make sure that your software can handle all of them.
What are playback controls like?
Whether you're DJing on free, open-source Mixxx or primo Traktor DJ or just listening to tunes on your headphones, you need control over audio and video playback: changing volume, skipping forward and back, adjusting speed, controlling fade-outs and fade-ins, and splitting or joining audio files.
How's the sound quality?
160Kbps (kilobits per second) to 256Kbps is pretty standard sound quality. Premium quality can go from 320Kbps MP3s to "lossless" 1411Kbps compact discs. When listening to Spotify, for example, it's difficult to determine the difference between the standard 160Kbps and the premium 320Kbps. Foobar2000 bypasses Windows' kernel to produce hi-fi sound, without operating system interference.
How does it handle music management?
Your software should be able to store, manage, and search your music library, and scale to handle a large collection smoothly. For all of this, we recommend Apple iTunes.
Is it cross-platform?
It's important to be able to work on your music seamlessly from desktop to mobile.
Which editing features does it offer?
You need to be able to edit, record, mix, tweak, encode, compose, and convert digital audio files with ease. Audacity is a top, easy-to-use, completely free choice to consider.

Desktop MP3 and Audio Essentials

Audacity

Audacity

Audacity is an open-source, cross-platform audio editor and recorder.

Apple iTunes (32-bit)

Apple iTunes (32-bit)

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Apple's iTunes is one of the most popular music-managing programs available for Windows.

Apple iTunes (64-bit)

Apple iTunes (64-bit)

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Apple's iTunes is one of the most popular music-managing programs available for Windows.

Mixxx

Mixxx

Mixxx is designed for DJing for both professional and semi-professional users.

Apple iTunes

Apple iTunes

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Apple's iTunes is one of the most popular music-managing programs available for Mac.

Foobar2000

Foobar2000

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Foobar2000 is an advanced audio player for the Windows platform.

Traktor Pro

Traktor Pro

Traktor Pro is a popular and highly regarded DJ mixing app.

Spotify Music

Spotify Music

Simply download and install, and before you know it, you'll be singing along to the genre, artist, or song of your choice.