Whether you're a music producer or a music fan, these audio players and audio editors will let you make and enjoy music on desktop and mobile. Record, edit, mix, convert, share, and stream MP3s and other audio files.

VLC Media Player (64-bit)

VLC is a free and open-source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols. Features include simple, fast, and powerful media player, plays everything: Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices and Streams, and plays most codecs with no codec packs needed: MPEG-2, DivX, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, and MP3.

VLC Media Player (64-bit) is a favorite of many video watchers thanks to abundant format support, style, and customization options. There aren't many videos this app can't play and play amazingly well. It's more than enough to be the only video player you'll ever need on your computer.

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In addition to being a universal media player, this app is open-source, which means you can find people who create new add-ons and builds for it, as well as create your own version. The basic version of the program is anything but, featuring playlist and streaming support in addition to the ability to play just about any video on your PC. It gives you plenty of screen real estate by placing all of the buttons on its menu at the bottom and making them small enough to be ignored. VLC Media Player (64-bit) lets you add audio and video effects as you're watching a video for extra fun -- and supports more playlist formats for easy, hands-free viewing. It even lets you create playlists on the fly and edit them from inside the app. The app supports extensions and add-ons from all over the Web if you can find them.

The standard version of the program covers most of the bases you need, though. VLC Media Player (64-bit) has consistently been one of the most popular video players for years, and that isn't changing anytime soon. It gives users more flexibility and format support than most other players and stays on the cutting edge in terms of features.

Spotify

Spotify is a new way to enjoy music. Simply download and install, before you know it you'll be singing along to the genre, artist, or song of your choice. With Spotify, you are never far away from the song you want.

There are no restrictions in terms of what you can listen to or when. Forget about the hassle of waiting for files to download and fill up your hard drive before you get round to organizing them. Spotify is instant, fun and simple.

Spotify is currently the biggest music streaming service in the world, with 70 million paying subscribers as of February 2018, and between 150M and 200M total users. While the iTunes Music Store popularized paying for individual tracks and albums, a low monthly flat rate has proven more fashionable (and it has certain user experience advantages, which we'll get into). Let's see if Spotify still has what it takes to keep rivals like Apple Music, Google Play Music, and Amazon Music Unlimited at bay.

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Pros:

An enormous library that can follow you just about anywhere: Spotify is on our computers, on our phones and tablets, in our cars via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, in smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo, and on most TVs that have built-in streaming apps. And you can leave one of these devices and pick up where you left on another.

Our PCs and mobile devices can also download tracks for offline listening -- in a variety of quality levels to accommodate limited storage space or limited download speeds -- so you don't necessarily even need an Internet connection to enjoy it. Overall, you can probably get Spotify in more ways than with any other streaming service, which partly explains why it has so many subscribers.

High-quality discovery tools: Spotify definitely puts work into leveraging its all-you-can-eat approach, beyond just providing a lot of content and making it available on a wide variety of devices. It has a cornucopia of dynamic playlists that change on a weekly or even daily basis, and most of them are based on recommendations that are tailored to your listening habits. It will even recommend playlists based on the playlists that you have manually created. There are so many opportunities to explore new music that you could easily run out of time to listen to your usual set of favorite tunes. And podcasts. Did we mention they have podcasts, too?

Last but certainly not least, you can pick any track in the library and tell Spotify to create a playlist based on it, and it even evolves further as you vote tracks up and down. It's not the only music streaming service that does this, but the feature is reliably enjoyable, effective at digging up things you probably wouldn't have tried otherwise, and it's not really possible with services where you have to buy your tracks and albums individually.

A good balance of sharing and privacy: Since Spotify has a free version supported by ads, you can text a song or album link to anyone you know (or post it on social media), and they can listen without having to sign up for a subscription. You can also publish your playlists within Spotify and share them with other users that you have added to your friends list. If it becomes popular, Spotify may feature it on the artist's page.

At the same time, if you just want to sit down and listen to some tunes, you can easily filter out the desktop app's social functions. Within its settings (click on the downward-facing arrow next to your account name in the upper right and select Settings) let you hide the social sidebar and let you switch to a "private session" mode where your top artists and streaming activities aren't broadcast to other Spotify users. When you go private, your account name in the upper right will get a padlock to help you remember what mode you're in.

The company's privacy policy is also quite detailed, yet it's also written in plain English and easy to navigate.

Cons:

You can't upload music into their cloud: Google extends their cloud storage services to their respective music streaming services, allowing you to upload a certain number of your own tracks to a personal cloud, where they are integrated into the music service pretty much seamlessly. Apple can also link your iCloud storage to Apple Music.

Spotify can see tracks that are stored locally on your PC, but without cloud integration of those tracks, you can't stream to them to another device. Given that Apple Music is projected to have more subscribers than Apple Music by the summer of this year, and Apple Music comes effectively pre-installed on the millions of iPhones and iPads that Apple sells every year, it's that much more important for Spotify to achieve feature parity. The latter's lack of personal cloud storage support may become a problem.

Autoplay could use some more settings: With Autoplay, Spotify will keep dynamically adding tracks to your queue after you've come to the end of it, selecting them based on your listening history. It basically grafts the recommendation algorithm directly onto your listening experience, which is mostly very handy.

However, Autoplay doesn't distinguish between tracks that are already downloaded and tracks that are still in their cloud, nor does it check for Wi-Fi versus LTE. So if your Internet connection has a moderate data cap or is unreliable, Autoplay has to be disabled completely to avoid overages and interrupted streams.

Apple iTunes

iTunes is a free application for Mac and PC. It plays all your digital music and video. It syncs content to your iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV. And it's an entertainment superstore that stays open 24/7.

iTunes isn't the only way to manage audio media on your various Apple devices, but it is the official Apple software. And iTunes it isn't just about providing access to the media you happen to already have -- CDs you have bought in physical form and ripped, for example. It's also about media you don't already have -- music, podcasts, films, TV, even audiobooks. All of these are available through iTunes, and once you have them, you can stream them across your full range of devices -- laptops, phones and tablets -- regardless of whether they run iOS or Android.

iTunes provides access to 50 million tunes and more than 100,000 movies and TV shows. There's a serious selection of media available in 4K for those who use Apple TV 4K. And the ability to download what you've bought so it can be watched direct from anywhere means there's no need to be in Wi-Fi range. The sheer number is irrelevant, though, if it is difficult to find what you are looking for and hard to browse all that content. iTunes makes both tasks simple.

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Pros:

Streamlined interface: iTunes hasn't always been the easiest of apps to get along with, but the current interface is clean and sharp. It manages the feat of putting what you need at your fingertips and offering lots of options and choices, without making the screen dense and confusing. Ultimately it is the media that takes center stage here.

Easy to browse: Obviously enough, it doesn't matter how many movies, songs or TV shows you can access if it's difficult to find what you want. iTunes has lots of ways into its content. You can search for something specific, but often we want to browse. For movies you can browse "New and Noteworthy," 4K movies, selections for kids, bundles and movie series, and even see the most popular pre-orders. There's a chart so you can see what's popular at the moment, and you can browse by price, genre and cinema rating. TV shows has a similar structure. The Music, podcasts and audiobooks sections are slightly differently organized but based around the same principles. The Podcasts section includes an easily accessible list of featured providers.

Easy to get to your stuff: Just hit the Library button when looking at any of the different media sections in the app (music, films, TV programs, podcasts and audiobooks), and you'll go straight to everything you've already purchased.

Easy synchronizing: Once you've created a music playlist you can easily listen to it from any device -- so that classic chill-out selection can be made the most of while you are relaxing at home or travelling on a crowded train -- or anywhere else!

Try songs before you buy: It's sometimes difficult to know if you will like a song -- especially if it is by an artist you are new to. So there are 90 second previews available to help you work out whether a tune really appeals or not. If you want to try a couple of tracks from an album before committing, that's easily doable, and if you buy the full album the cost of those tracks is knocked off the album price.

Free trial of Apple Music: You start with a three month free trial of Apple Music, which includes ad-free listening, streaming to all your devices and the ability to follow friends and share playlists with them.

Family sharing: Up to six people in your family can share iTunes purchases, and all the sharers can download purchases. Any user under the age of 13 can be set up with "Ask To Buy" -- so that their purchases have to be approved by an adult.

Cons:

Too much choice: OK, maybe this isn't really a con -- but with so much choice of music, films, TV programs, podcasts and audiobooks you are going to need to set some boundaries. After all, you do need to work on the other parts of your life too, right?

iTunes has so much media across so many different formats that it's difficult to see how an appetite could ever be sated by using it. You don't have to restrict use to iOS devices either -- it will stream to Android and to Windows as well. The family sharing catering for a generous six users is a real plus point too.

Winamp

Winamp is a free multimedia player made by Nullsoft. It supports numerous audio and video formats. It also plays streamed video and audio content, both live and recorded, authored worldwide. It has an extremely customizable media library and allows you to rip and burn your favorite music CDs. Winamp has thousands of skins and plug-ins that allow you to change the look and feel of the player, as well as add new features. The player also has access to thousands of free songs, videos, and online radio stations from SHOUTcast Radio and AOL Radio with XM.

VirtualDJ 2020

VirtualDJ is a software used by DJs to replace their turntables and CD players, and use digital music instead of vinyl and CDs.

It lets you "mix" your songs, by playing two or more tracks at the same time, adjust their relative speed so that their tempo will match, apply effects like loops etc, and crossfade from one side to the other. It also lets you scratch your songs, set and recall cues, and all the other regular features DJs expect to find to be able to mix.

It will let you organize your collection of tracks and group them easily in a DJ-friendly way, using filter to find the hot songs, or find compatible bpm or key, access your previous playlists. And if you're missing a track, VirtualDJ will automatically find it on the Internet and stream it directly (*requires an additional subscription). And, using the millions of automatic reports we get every day from other VirtualDJ users around the world, it will give you meaningful advices on which songs other DJs consider to go well after what you just played.

VirtualDJ can play not only audio tracks, but also video or karaoke, if you connect your computer to a projector or the club's screens.

It comes with a plethora of effects, ranging from traditional flanger, echo, etc, to more modern "beat-aware" effects like beatgrid, slicer, loop-roll. And if you mix videos, you'll also find a lot of video effects and transitions to play with. Its built-in sampler will let you spice up your mixes with a broad range of drops and loops, or you can go creative and merge live performance and production by creating remixes on-the-fly by using the sampler like a sequencer.

VirtualDJ is plug-and-play compatible with most of the DJ controllers that exist on the market. And if you want to change any of the default behavior, VirtualDJ has a powerful "VDJScript" language that will let you easily tweak any functions exactly to your liking. Same for the interface. If you want to change it, our website hosts hundreds of user-made interfaces to replace the default one, or you could easily create your own.

VirtualDJ is used by tens of millions of people every day, ranging from bedroom DJs to international superstars. It is used to play live in clubs and big stadiums, at weddings, private parties, or just to train at home. And in addition to being used live, VirtualDJ can also be used to record mixtapes, podcast, or to broadcast to Internet radios.

 

Pandora

Pandora will change the way you discover and listen to music.

Powered by the Music Genome Project, the most comprehensive music analysis ever undertaken, Pandora gives you personalized radio that plays what you love and continually evolves with your tastes.

Pandora is a music discovery and recommendation service that creates custom stations based on artists or individual songs. The service is powered by the Music Genome Project, a taxonomy of musical information by a team of musicians an audio analysts who have gone through a massive database of songs and categorized them based on more than 400 characteristics (among them harmony, instrumentation, and rhythm). Once you input a song, Pandora spits back a continuously-running playlist of music with similar characteristics.

Pandora is an extremely simple and easy-to-use site that requires very little information from you to sign up. The service consists of a centrally located jukebox that contains a list of previously-created stations on the left-hand side for easy access. Or you can click the Create a New Station button on the top to input a new song or artist. During playback, you have a variety of options. You can pause playback and skip tracks, as well as click thumbs up or thumbs down for the songs you do or don't like, respectively. There's also a menu button for each track that lets you move it to another station, find out why it was selected, bookmark it, or buy it from iTunes or Amazon MP3. With enough use, it can effectively introduce you to all sorts of new music, and users can really tailor radio stations based on personal tastes.

The service makes its money from advertisements that are inserted every few songs, similar to terrestrial radio stations. As with all free Internet radio services, you are subjected to skip limits during playback. However, there's a subscription option that removes the skip limits and ads, and lets users relisten to songs from the playlists. In addition the Web, Pandora is available on a variety of mobile devices, such as the iPhone, as well as home network music players, such as the Sonos. All in all, Pandora is great way to discover new tunes or just pass the time with some background music, whether you stick to the Web version, take it on the go on your phone, or pump it out to some speakers.

TIDAL

With our library of over 60 million tracks and 250,000 videos, you'll get the ultimate music experience.

Create a playlist or try one of ours, hand-curated by music editors and even the artists themselves.

No compromises. Just pure sound. With our lossless audio experience and high-fidelity sound quality, stream your music like you've never heard before.

Download your favorites with our offline feature. The songs you love are always available - even without WiFi or LTE.

From concert livestreams to exclusive events, TIDAL X makes sure you get access to tickets, meet-and-greets, and behind-the-scenes content.

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FL Studio

FL Studio is a music production system. All you need in one package to compose, arrange, record, edit, mix, and master professional quality music. Features includes audio editing and manipulation, interface and plug-in parameters automation, use in other DAWs, live performance, mix and remix audio, multi-track recording, record and play MIDI input, sequencing and arranging, synth and effect plug-in hosting. Other features include multi-touch support, play-list, linking includes MIDI input port, play-list and piano roll, right click data entry, plug-in picker, mixer, and play truncated notes in clips restores notes overlapping slice points in pattern clips.

With a new name and a new interface, FL Studio is reestablishing its place as a full-featured and affordable audio-production program. Competition in the world of all-in-one music-creation suites has grown considerably since Fruity Loops first started breaking beats.

The photo-realistic mixing-board interface, littered with small, unlabeled icons and burdened with a confusing file browser, makes the learning curve steeper than it should be. Once you clear that hurdle, though, this enjoyable product will have you making music in no time. The Fruityslicer makes short work of chopping up breaks, and the simple step-based drum machine lets you create your own. You can bind FL Studio to other programs via VSTi and DXi plug-ins. A full selection of software instruments is included so you can start playing immediately. All the usual suspects are there, from vintage, buzzy, analog imitators to wacky sound effects and generic voice samples.

FL Studio offers a tremendous value for what you get. Comparable products cost nearly twice as much. FL Studio's quirky sound generators and interoperability make it a great addition to any studio. Be warned, though: several versions of FL Studio are available, so more features are included as the price goes up.

PowerISO (64-bit)

PowerISO is a powerful CD/ DVD / BD image file processing tool, which allows you to open, extract, burn, create, edit, compress, encrypt, split and convert ISO files, and mount ISO files with internal virtual drive. It can process almost all CD / DVD / BD image files including ISO and BIN files.
PowerISO provides an all-in-one solution. You can do every thing with your ISO files and disc image files.

 

PowerISO

PowerISO is a powerful CD / DVD / BD image file processing tool, which allows you to open, extract, burn, create, edit, compress, encrypt, split and convert ISO files, and mount ISO files with internal virtual drive. It can process almost all CD / DVD / BD image files including ISO and BIN files. PowerISO provides an all-in-one solution. You can do every thing with your ISO files and disc image files.