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dBpowerAMP Music Converter (dMC), is one of those must have utilities, indispensable for converting audio files from one format to another. Convert audio files with elegant simplicity. mp3, mp4, m4a (iTunes / iPod), Windows Media Audio (WMA), Ogg Vorbis, AAC, Monkeys Audio, FLAC, Apple Lossless (ALAC) to name a few! Multi CPU Encoding Support, Rip digitally record audio CDs (with CD Ripper), Batch Convert large numbers of files with 1 click, Windows Integration popup info tips, audio properties, columns, edit ID-Tags, DSP Effects such as Volume Normalize, or Graphic EQ [Power Pack Option]

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Download the old FREE dBPowerAMP version 10 here

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Version history/Release notes:
Release 15

64 bit version
Has new configuration option to set location of temporary files (used for non-live DSP effects), new -tmpfolder="" option for CoreConverter.exe
m4a album art reader able to read incorrectly written art (from MAX)
m4a new FDK decoder is used
Batch Converter no longer checks drives for content on load.
new flac 1.3.0
flac has rating tagging option of 0-5 0-10 and 0-100 ranges
flac able to detect corrupted files without md5
new Wavpack 4.70.0
Monkeys Audio updated to 4.12
mp3 decoder is able to read through stream errors
mp3 id3 able to read and write TIPL (Involved People) and TMCL (Musician Credits)
mp3 id3 tagger writes COMMENT ITUNNORM for ITUNNORM
mp3 id3 fixed mapping of release time to release date
mp3 tagger will auto upgrade id3v1 tag to id3v2 if storing album art
Album Art (internet search) is able to search more art
Added a new [origdrive] naming variable, can be used instead of 'To Folder' in Music Converter
New Naming items [FRONTFOLDER] and [BACKFOLDER]
New Naming option: [IF]tag,condition,match,stringmatch,stringnomatch[]
Music Converter is more memory efficient with large number of tracks
Music Converter dmc - if converting 3 files and have 16 cores, only shows 3 conversion lines
Compatible with CUE Image Codec / DSP
Multi-Encoder will enable multi-core encoding in CD Ripper

Popup info tip is limited to 34 lines to stop the deletion dialog for Windows being off screen (top and bottom)
transform codecs (mp3, etc) do not show sample depth

Batch converter: only hides when Music Converter is ready to take over (previously with 100K tracks nothing would show whilst loading the tracks to music converter)
batch converter: Refresh detects deleted folders

All programs which write tags, now retries for longer

CD Ripper

musicbrainz album art supported
musicbrainz multiple artist names supported
new option 'ANSI (ISO-8859) Characters Only in Filename' on 'Filename Restricted Characters Page'
allow review metadata page even if did not get from internet
sort tags are now tied to a unsort tag (in that if perfectmeta chooses an element from amg, the corresponding sort tag would be used)
on metadata review page new captialize button (just first char) next to smart cap
new option to process fingerprints for accuraterip

Bug Fixes

m4a possible decoding deadlock / crash
m4a able to read 24 bit ALAC files where the file is incorrectly indicated as both 16 bit and 24 bit
m4a able to tag files with multiple trak chunks
aiff tagger - was possible to write a blank tag to the file which had the incorrect size
aiff tagger - writes unicode tags
wave ID3 tagger would not read tags which were indicated of a less size
was possible for encoding to lockup at 99% encoding (especially if using [multi-encoder])
cd eject code would not function correctly on some systems, taking 16 seconds to complete
core converter - a DSP effect removed the conversion will no longer silently fail
CD Ripper would truncate the album tag if contained '; '
CD Ripper if using File Name Restricted Characters to remove . from filename, the . for extension is no longer removed
CD Ripper custom tags would replace saved edited custom tag from dbcache
CD Ripper changing encoder or profile on 2nd CD ripper would effect first CD ripper

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Guides and How to's:
How to convert MKV to DivX / Demultiplex MKV to video and audio files - Read
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Acronyms / Also Known As:
dMC, dBpowerAMP Music Converter

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Although R15 is 64bits native, the codecs are not (all of them) working for both 32/64bits. From all the supplementary codecs (that are not included in the installation pack) I'm most impressed by the mp3 Helix codec (about 4x faster than Lame), and unfortunately this one is not supported by x64 systems... Maybe Spoon (Da Man) will work around this issue; till than I suggest you stick to R14.4.

Posted February 24, 2014 by . Tool version R15 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10

I purchased this several months ago and am very happy with it. Some of tools like the converter or cd burner can be found elsewhere but where this really shines is the CD ripper. There is nothing as secure other than Exact Audio Copy and still this is much faster. If you have a modern dvd/cd drive like most people the tool might not seem to be as useful. I can rip most CDs with freac or foobar2000 just fine but I find this is faster and I just feel better knowing that it's an exact copy even if I'm getting exact copies with other tools. For me there are no problems with the audio no matter what I encode it in unless there is a problem with the disc itself. The cd data lookup is also better than any program out there.

One thing I noticed is on their website they act like they are a small company with several people. I think this is pretty common way of trying to sell your product online. I don't have any proof really other than a hunch but I suspect it's probably a one man operation. That's fine it's a great product and I certainly got and getting my moneys worth with it.

Posted December 29, 2011 by . Tool version 14.2 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Commercial crap - who cares anyway? There are tons of good and FREE converters which do the same job. Don't bother paying money for this one!

Posted December 29, 2011 by . Tool version 14.2 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 4 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 3 of 10

No longer has "Winall" support (moving towards Win7/8/x only).

Spoon (author) is apparently now in lockstep with the
Gate$ brigade, for no good reason!

Posted December 29, 2011 by . Tool version 14.2 using OS Other
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 6 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10

Used Cdex before, but wanted to convert to WMA. Started with dBpowerAMP v10, the free version still available at . Paid the $14 for v11 and have not been disappointed. WMA 2-pass VBR @192 is the most accurate sub-256 format (have not tried OGG, but it is supported). dBpowerAMP is now my preferred music player as it uses 1/3 CPU resources as Windows Media Player - ideal for my laptop!

Posted September 26, 2005 by . Tool version 11 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

At first it all works just fine...
The bad news come when you HAVE to pay and register or it just won't encode MP3 files using LAME codec (wich is free!!)...
I used it for years and now I'm looking for a new encoder...

Posted September 25, 2005 by . Tool version 11 using OS Win2K
Ease of use 4 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 6 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10

I have been using dBpowerAMP for a couple of years and this is the best and easiest audio format conversion tool in my opinion.

Too bad that it is advertised as Trialware $20 because you don't have to pay for the additional features if all you need is an audio format converter (WAV MP3, MP3 OGG, and many many more formats supported with the use of free codecs). Their audio player is also free but I prefer Winamp.
Maybe more people would try it if it was advertised as Free, which it is unless you want to buy extra features to speed up some format conversions and other stuff.

It has worked perfectly for me and I cannot recommend it enough.

Posted December 10, 2004 by . Tool version 11 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

I have always loved & used this tool for converting between formats.
The new version finally uses MAD for decoding, which is great. But
now having to play to use the (opensource) LAME mp3 encoder is a step in the wrong direction. LAME is now complied completely from scratch, so it uses no licensed code, as far as I have read about it. Fortunately ,most people use LAME with ripping apps, anyways.

Posted December 10, 2004 by . Tool version v11 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 6 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

Latest version 11 now has licensed MP3 conversion.
Still possible to get V10 which is unlimited.

Posted December 10, 2004 by . Tool version 10.1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

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