Moving forward from the earliest days of Edison cylinders in the late 1880s, there is a long list of consumer audio formats that garnered popular support, while many others disappeared without a trace. The 78 RPM record, 45 single, and LP all enjoyed mass acceptance. Reel-to reel tape never took off, but 4- and 8-track cartridges had a good run, then the cassette hit the big time. A higher-quality analog cassette format, the Elcasette, arrived with much fanfare yet never caught on. Later, the two consumer digital tape formats, DAT and DCC, fizzled. The CD almost killed the LP in … Read more
EZ CD Audio Converter Free provides a number of powerful tools to rip music from CDs, convert files to different formats, update audio metadata, and more. The result is flexible, accessible, and generally fun to use, allowing you to have unfettered control over every track in your collection with the click of a button.
After installation of EZ CD Audio Converter, which only takes a few minutes, you can start using its many conversion tools right away. The software is completely free so none of the powerful resources available in this software are blocked or locked by trial restrictions. That … Read more
IQmango Audio CD Burner provides a number of powerful tools to quickly and easily create CDs and DVDs with your machine's burner. With a clean interface, limited options, and a responsive wizard that helps you get the files to your discs quickly, the app is a useful tool for anyone that needs to create audio CDs, video DVDs, or image files on your machine. While Windows can create data discs with the click of a button, audio and video require third-party software and IQmango gets the job done.
Installation of the software is relatively quick, though you will want … Read more
IQMango CD Ripper allows you to take music from any CD in your collection and convert it to one of many audio formats for playback on your mobile devices. With a clean interface, plenty of tools to customize the files you create after ripping, and a faster ripping process, this is a useful tool for anyone with a large CD collection not yet converted to digital format.
If you have a lot of physical CDs and want to create digital files from them, you need software that will do it quickly and accurately. IQMango CD Ripper provides just such an … Read more
Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, surround-sound music looked like the next big thing, but in the intervening decade and a half, precious little rock, jazz, or world music has been recorded in surround. True, in the early days of SACD and DVD-Audio formats there were hundreds of remixes of older stereo recordings, and some were recycled on Blu-ray, but the number of newly recorded 5.1 titles remains paltry. Looking back, the early 2000s should have been an ideal time to launch surround music; multichannel home theater was peaking, so there was a large number of households … Read more
If you use a smartphone in the car, your CD player probably doesn't get much use anymore. The Satechi CD Slot Mount makes use of that legacy feature to hold your smartphone in an easily accessible and viewable spot.
This Satechi mount consists of a fat plastic base in matte black, a two-inch arm on a vertical hinge, and a smartphone clamp, in glossy black, mounted on a ball joint. Rubber fins, meant to stick into the CD player, extend from the base.
To lock the mount into the CD slot, Satechi includes a lever on the base that … Read more
Pioneer joins the all-too-short list of car audio manufacturers to support media playback and browsing on Android phones with the announcement and launch of its 2014 lineup of CD receivers: the DEH-X6600BS, DEH-X6600BT, DEH-X5600HD, DEH-X4600BT, DEH-X3600S, DEH-X3600UI, DEH-X2600UI, and FH-X500UI.
All eight models in the new 2014 lineup of Pioneer single-DIN DEH receivers (and the double-DIN FX-X500UI) are able to browse media stored on a USB-connected Android phone with the aid of the media transfer protocol (MTP), which has been adopted by the Android operating system as of version 4.0 to handle all file transfers. (Older Androids made use … Read more
Alcohol 120% rips and burns backup copies of your valuable discs and also creates and plays 31 different virtual discs: everything from Audio CDs to DVDs, with blazing access speeds. It records audio and converts data, too. Alcohol 120% is free to try for 15 days, though the trial version is limited to six virtual drives instead of 31, and to burning with only two drives, simultaneously. Alcohol 120% is compatible with Windows XP to 7, with a separate download for Windows 98/Me. You'll need an optical disc drive to use Alcohol 120%, too, though you'll only … Read more
Disketch Disk Label Software lets you import images or your own designs for developing more custom made CD, DVD, and Blu-ray disk labels. Even though it doesn't offer too many options it's easy to use and could help you create disk labels on your own in just a few, easy steps.
During the installation, Disketch Disk Label Software tries to download a bunch of companion apps and toolbars. Skip the toolbars as you certainly don't need these, but perhaps consider downloading companion apps such as PhotoPad Image Editor or Express Burn CD Burner. Once the installation completes, … Read more
Users with a large collection of disc media might want a way to customize labels for easier identification. Despite its dated interface, Disketch CD Label Software for Mac performs well and has a number of features one would expect from similar, more popular programs.
Being a rather light application, at around 634KB Disketch CD Label Software for Mac downloads quickly. After accepting a lengthy user agreement, the app's installation completed without any problems. There were no user instructions or tutorials readily available, but the main menu was intuitive, making this less of an issue. Technical support was also lacking. … Read more