Over the past
year, the audio format known as MP3 has become all the rage. This
format lets users download songs and play them with high-quality
sound, and because it's so easily distributed on the Internet, it's
threatening to make dinosaurs of traditional record labels. The
programs in this list are the most popular MP3 utilities on
FileWorld. They'll let you play MP3 files, create your own from audio
CDs, and search for clips on the Web.
Supercharge your audio activities with a player that easily handles
MP3, MP2, CD, MOD, WAV, and other formats. WinAmp supports playlists,
and it provides taskbar scrolling, an HTML playlist generator, a
spectrum analyzer, a CD audio decoder, an MPEG decoder, and a digital
equalizer. Version 2.10 fixes a number of bugs and adds several enhancements.
This utility uses space-saving MP3 and WAV formats to make collecting
and managing private music archives fast and simple. AudioCD MP3
studio allows you to extract tracks from audio CDs and encode them as
MP3 or WAV files, then store them on your hard drive. Create your own
audio CDs with tracks from your personal library or MP3 files
downloaded from the Internet.
Move tracks from an audio CD to your hard disk, and save them as WAV,
RAW, or MPEG files. This version provides support for MP3 encoding
Extract data from an audio CD and store it as a WAV or MP3 sound file.
Yet another CD audio digitizer. You can edit and save track names,
change output levels, and more. CD-DA Extractor supports DVDs as well
as standard ATAPI, SCSI-2, and SCSI-3 drives.
Searches MP3 servers for specific artist or song files faster than
you can say audiophile. The Explorerlike interface gives you activity
information about FTP sites before initiating a connection so that
you can steer clear of dead-end servers.
Match Juke Box:
This all-in-one MP3 software program combines CD "ripping"
and encoding for easy, one-step recording from your CD-ROM drive to
your hard drive. It also allows you to convert MP3 files into WAV
files and vice versa. The Jukebox feature lets you organize an MP3
database and create programmable playlists.
Just when you have your heart set on the MP3 player, those hep cats
out in cyberaudio land come up with something cooler. Sonique offers
all you've come to love in an MP3 player, including a customizable
playlist and endless track options, plus tempo, equalizer, and
balance controls. These controls are accessed through an ultrahip
control panel that will knock your virtual socks off.
Quickly search the Internet for MP3 files by simply typing in an
artist name or a song title. Abe's MP3 Finder maintains an updated
database of MP3 sites to help you avoid broken and defunct links. It
comes equipped with an FTP client and supports HTTP, SMB, and FTP protocols.
Plays all kinds of audio files one by one or links them together to
play in a stream. It will also play audio CDs. Play back single
tracks or an entire folder of audio files, and create playlists with