Tools of the Trade - Windows
All tools featured in this section are either open source or freeware...
Strange name, awesome music player. How a music player should be - small, modular, customizable and versatile.
Burn Audio CD
FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. Audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality.
Download Codec for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
Monkey's Audio is a fast and easy way to compress digital music making perfect, bit-for-bit copies of your music - exactly the same as the original.
Download Codec: for Windows Only
Ogg Vorbis is a completely open, patent-free, professional audio encoding and streaming technology. For a given file size, OGG sounds better than MP3.
Available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Unix
Directshow Filters for Ogg Vorbis and FLAC
With the Directshow Filters for Ogg Vorbis and FLAC installed, Directshow applications such as Windows Media Player will be able to play Ogg Vorbis, Ogg FLAC and native FLAC.
CDex Audio CD-Ripper
Convert music CDs to MP3s (LAME encoder), FLAC and other music file types. Transcode from one music file type to another.
Note: Needs ASPI Drivers for Win XP.
Download ASPI Driver
EAC (Exact Audio Copy) a very serious tool for extracting digital audio from a CD.
MP3 Direct Cut
Edit MP3 music files (Cut, Copy, Paste Sections of MP3) no re-encoding, so original sound quality is maintained. For Windows or Linux with Wine.
Flash Media Player
dBpowerAmp Music Converter
Swiss Army Knife of audio conversion programs. One of the best commercial products out there particularly the reference version.
DBpoweramp Music Converter 10.0 (Last Freeware Version.)
Download additional codecs from Codec Central at
fre:ac - free audio converter
fre:ac is a free audio converter and CD ripper with support for various popular formats and encoders. Windows, Mac and Linux