If you’re a music enthusiast, I’m pretty sure you use your computer to store, rip and, most of the time, play the tracks you love. In order to do so, just like in the case of any other activity, you need the right set of tools. Fortunately, we’ve got you a list of awesome Windows tools which should easily cover your every need.
Personally, I prefer those apps that perform one single function very well over the ones that claim to do a lot of things, like a Swiss Army Knife, but none well enough. That’s what I had in mind while picking these five apps for you.
Foobar2000 has tons of useful options; it can play any audio format you can think of (and a few more, probably) and anyone can learn how to use it in a matter of minutes. What’s even better is that it can be customized as per your need or preference.
Because of its playlist-like interface, you can easily organize your music collection and find the track you want really fast.
Give it a try! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
If you’re a serious audiophile, you’ve probably reached that stage in your life where you’re trying to archive vinyl records, audio cassettes and other analog formats onto your computer.
Well, that’s just one of the uses you can find for Audacity, probably the best free, open-source audio editor you’ll find out there.
It helps you easily cut your recordings into separate tracks, edit them and, if you’re a musician, you can even use it to record your own tracks (I have some musician friends who absolutely love it). You can then add effects and whatnot.
3. FreeRIP MP3 Converter
We’ve talked about copying music in the analog format, but I’m sure that whenever you want to play an album on your computer, you won’t pop the CD in. Even if you own one, it’s easier to just store the tracks on your computer and play them whenever you please.
In order to do so, you’ll need a piece of software to rip them to MP3 (or any other format you like). FreeRIP MP3 Converter is one of the best pieces of software for that and the free version should be enough for most people.
It can easily rip tracks to a variety of formats and the best part is that it can even provide you with artist and track names from freedb or OpenCD Index (provided they’re included in the databases). It can also convert files between a few audio formats – MP3, Wav, WMA, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC.
If you want the software to be faster, you can buy the Pro version, but I’d say the free version is quite fast.
If you’re in the exact opposite situation from the one discussed above and you only have an album in digital format, but want to burn to a CD (for example, to play in your car), we’ve got you covered here too. ImgBurn is one of the best optical media burning software out there and it’s free, too.
You can download it from here and start burning a CD right away from FLAC files, for example.
5. Format Factory
As I told you, I prefer apps which will do one thing very well. Format Factory, a multimedia converter, is one of those apps and I’m sure audio buffs will enjoy it..
This app can convert between a variety of file formats, including 13 types of audio files. These include MP3, FLAC, AAC and even MMF. It may not be the nicest-looking piece of software, but it has a lot of options, can work with many formats and not too difficult to use.
More than that, it’s free!
These awesome audio tools can be very useful, but if you have some other ones to add to the list, feel free to tell us in the comments section below.