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.
From Cowon America:
JetAudio plays various music and video files. Features included are: CD Burning, Recording, and File Conversion. You can create Internet Broadcasts with JetCast. JetAudio plays most major file formats and various video or audio tracks. You can even convert audio files to various formats. A special feature is Video conversion which can make video files compatible for your portable devices such as iPOD or PSP. Other features include: sound effects (Wide, Reverb, and X-Bass), multichannel sound output, speed control for audio playback, cross-fading, skin changes, and synchronized lyric display for MIDI.
December 02, 2015
Version: JetAudio Basic 188.8.131.523
None. After loosing my trust by changing my computer set up and loading unwanted software on my system, I got rid of it.
- Loaded unwanted software on my system, even with choosing custom install.
- Turned off my Firewall
- Turned off my security based browser extensions, such as NoScript & Adblock, which had to be reinstalled to restore them.
- Changed my Home page on all browsers.
- Had to use System Restore to make sure I undid all it's changes.
Recommend staying far, far away from this program and it really shouldn't even be aloud on cnet in it's current form. If you do try it, be aware of all the changes, so you can quickly reverse whatever is obvious and re-secure your system. It was very disappointing and a huge waist of time and I can not rate it low enough.
There has to be a better media program for music.
This one is rather complicated to use. Try to listen to saved play lists and it removes you current music.
Impossible to find music you had downloaded to jet audio.
Keep Losing my music on my PC. Lost thousands of songs.
Easy for Microsoft to remove your music, too.
No protected for you music.
Updates removes my music. Look for something else.