August 18th, 2009
There is an endless list of audio formats – MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, WAV, APE and many more; and not all audio players play all the formats. This is a fact that all music lovers know. Music lovers also know how frustrating it can be when they want to download certain audio files, but find that their players do not support the files. So, what does one do in that case? Yes, the audio files need to be converted to a supported format.
Since downloading music has become very common these days, converting audio files has also become common; hence, the appearance of many different audio converters in the market. This has created another problem – choosing the right converter. Which converter should one use? Which one is the best? The answer to this is not easy since they are all good. The best answer here would be – it depends on your needs and requirements.
We have chosen top ten free media converters that we feel to be the best. These are:
|1. Foobar2000 is a freeware audio player but it can also convert audio files with the Converter component installed. The advantage of Foobar2000 is full unicode support. CD ripping functionality is also included. Besides, you can customize the layout to your taste.|
|2. Blaze Media Pro Converter: A powerful converter, it extracts and saves audio files among many other things. It supports and coverts MP3, MP2, OGG, ASF, MPG, AVI, WMA, MOV, QT, WAV, CDA, VOX, PCM, MPC, G.726, G.723, G.721, DAT, ASX, MIDI, AIFF, AU, and SND files. Blaze Media Pro Converter converts video files as well as audio. It runs on Windows 98 SE/2000/ME/XP/Vista.|
|3. Xilisoft Audio Converter: Supports MP3, AAC, AC3, SWN A4, M4A, MP2, OGG, WAV, VMA, and WMV audio formats. Can also convert video formats to audio formats, making it ideal for converting soundtracks or dialogues from movies. Seems that it runs on Windows XP only.|
|4. MEDIA JUKEBOX 12: Fast and easy to use, it also acts as a good audio file organizer. Extensive tagging capabilities along with built-in CD ripper make it a very attractive utility. Audio files it supports – WMA, OGG, APE and FLAC.|
|5. Total Audio Converter: This powerful converter is easy to use. It supports most audio formats – MP3, RA, APL, MPC, MP+, M4A, MP4, TTA, OFR, SPX, WAV, OGG, WMA, FLAC, CDA, ACC, APE, MPP, WV, XM, IT, S3M, MOD, MTM, and UMX. The advantage of it is built-in audio ripper and player. TAC runs on all popular Microsoft platforms including Vista and 7.|
|6. dbPower AMP Music Converter: It can normalize, edit tags, and convert audio all at the same time. It can also rip CDs. Audio files it supports are MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, OGG, AAC, Monkeys Audio, and FLAC. dbPower AMP Music Converter works across many Windows versions, from Windows 98 to Windows Vista.|
|7. Switch Sound File Converter: An easy to use converter, it supports and converts almost any audio file – WAV, MP3, MP2, MPGA, M4A, OGG, AVI, MID, FLAC, AAC, WMA, DCT, AU, AIFF, RAW, MSV, DVF, VOX, CDA, ATRAC, GSM, DSS, SRI, SHN, DSS, MSV, or WMV.|
|8. Free Audio Converter: A small utility to batch convert audio files. Files it supports – WAV, MPG, MP1, MP2, MP3, WMA, ALF2, ADPCM, GSM, G.726, DSP, A-LAW, ACM, U-LAW, Ogg Vorbis, CDA. It can as well edit audio tags and record audio from cassette tapes.|
|9. BonkEnc Audio Converter: An easy to use converter, which is a ripper and a player as well. It is ideal for batch converting. Audio files supported – MP3, AAC, MP4/M4A, FLAC, and OGG. The converter is free but you may make a small donation.|
|10. Free MP3 WMA WAV Converter: A free audio converter to convert MP3, MP2, MP1, MPEG, WAV, OGG, WMA, and VOX. It has a built-in audio player to play the files before the conversion.|
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