The trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind.
Thomas Paine
A tyrant is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.

Tools of the Trade - Windows

All tools featured in this section are either open source or freeware...

Audio Players

FooBar 2000

Strange name, awesome music player. How a music player should be - small, modular, customizable and versatile.

Burn Audio CD


Burrn is a great tool for creating audio CDs from the many audio file formats found on the Internet.



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

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

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.

Disc Rippers

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.
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A full featured Audio Editor

Song Tagging


A user-friendly and versatile tool for re-tagging music files of all main types.
Version for Windows XP and up.

Streaming Audio

Flash Media Player

Great for delivering audio (and video) streams from your web site. FLASH required.
Download Flash Media Player

Format Conversion

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