For a number of reasons, this superbasic media player fails to stand up to its numerous competitors. Basically, CDmax just plays your compact discs; unlike other media players it will not work with files such as MP3, WAV, or WMA. The bland interface isn't at all exciting, though you can at least perform standard functions by right-clicking the system-tray icon. Features include only the bare minimum, such as repeat and shuffle modes, an alarm clock, and sleep power off. However, don't expect niceties such as visualizations, an equalizer, or a CD ripper. CDmax can grab track information from the Web, but its performance is disappointing, to say the least. In multiple tests, the program only played music in the left ear, a curious issue that's also pretty much a dealbreaker. We recommend that the vast majority of users stick with one of the many free, feature-rich, and functional media players on the scene.
What's new in version 22.214.171.124
ReleaseNovember 8, 2008
Date AddedJune 7, 2002
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
CDmax, an audio CD player, retrieves artist/title/track/notes information from a database of CD information on the Internet called freedb. Information is stored locally for future reference and retrieval by the player. CDmax also enables you to submit entries to freedb. CDmax can optionally minimize to system tray with easy access to player functions through a right-click pop-up menu. Other features include: built-in volume controls, user configurable track playlist, multiple CD drive support, and a variety of play modes (repeat track, repeat playlist, and shuffle). CDmax also features active systray hints, alarm/sleep/power off, global hot keys, multimedia keyboard support, active Window caption updates, and track preview.