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MusicMatch Jukebox

Type of Program: Audio Player/Recorder
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98/NT4
Company Name: MusicMatch
Version: 4.3
Price: $29.95
Installed Size: 6.5MB

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You know the CD Player program that comes with Windows? It's not really that good, is it? You've probably found out that you can edit the play list, so that every time you insert that disc, the details will be displayed. Wouldn't it be nice if you didn't have to type all this in? If you have CDDB enabled CD player, you don't have to. With these programs, all you have to do is load up the disc, whilst connected to the Internet, and all the information is done for you. Cool, huh?

From this introduction, would you be surprised to find out that MusicMatch Jukebox is one such program. No? I didn't think you would be. However, MMJB is more than just a CD player. It will also play and record both of the popular digital formats, MP3 and WMA. If you don't know what these are, I'll tell you. On a CD, data is stored at about 10MB per 1 minute of audio. Both MP3 and WMA are compressed formats, which offer roughly 1MB per minute of CD quality audio. Can you see why they're popular on the Internet?

So, why would you want encode your own MP3 files? Let's say you have a CD writer. You can create a CD, full of MP3 files, which will be roughly 10 hours worth of music.

Each MP3 has a tag, which includes information about artist, title and album, along with things like genre, tempo and mood. One of MMJB's neat features is the AutoDJ. You select the type of music you want, and how long you want to listen to it, and the AutoDJ with pick the tracks for you.

If you're happy with just playback, or recording at near CD quality (96kbps rather than 128kbps), then the program is free. However for CD quality encoding, along with lifetime support and upgrades, you'll have to pay the registration fee. If you're looking for a CD/MP3 player/encoder, you can't do much better than this one.

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Reviewed by Mike Hathaway
Payment Method: Online


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