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Top Free Music Software

A guide to the best free software for your digital music collection

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If you’re looking for free software to manipulate and get the best out of your digital music library, then this guide will show you the essential tools you should have in your digital music toolbox. Whether you need to burn your music to CD for safe keeping or need to edit it, then having the right set of software programs installed on your computer will make your life so much easier – and save you a lot of time too. The following list provides a selection of useful tools that can be downloaded for free.

1. Free CD Ripping Software

Standalone CD rippers are useful to use when you’ve got a large collection of CDs that you want to rip. Dedicated audio CD extraction programs also typically have more features than the ones that are built into popular media players such as Windows Media Player, Winamp,etc. Here are a list of free CD rippers that have good features and give excellent results.

2. Free CD Burning Programs

This article covers free alternatives to CD/DVD burning programs such as Nero. Using a dedicated burning program gives you the flexibility to burn music, video, and other types of files to CD, DVD, and even Blu-ray; this can open up a lot more possibilities on the way you use and store your digital media library.

3. Free File Recovery Software

Whether you’ve accidentally deleted music files from your hard drive, iPod, MP3 player, or have had damaging virus/malware infections, you can use file recovery software to get your data back. For music downloads, it can be a lifesaver and save you the pain of having to purchasing the same songs again.

4. Free Audio Editors

If you’ve got a collection of digital audio files (MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, etc.), then there’s a good chance that you’ll want to edit some of them. An audio editor can be used to cut, copy, and paste sections of audio and can also be used to remove unwanted sounds like clicks and pops.

5. Free Audio Format Converters

Sometimes it’s necessary to convert a music file into another audio format for compatibility reasons. WMA for instance is a popular format, but it's not playable on iPods. This short article lists the best free software for converting between audio formats.

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