Convert across many audio formats and create audio CDs with Pepsky Free Audio Converter

Pepsky Free Audio Converter is a free program that can convert audio files across a wide range of formats, burn audio CDs playable with any CD player, burn audio-file CDs in many formats, and rip CD’s into MP3 or other formats.

What’s notable about this software is (a) the wide range of supported audio file formats that it can read and write (b) the nice collection of functions that it brings together at the same place, and (c) a very nice overall look and feel.

Here are more notes on this program:

  • Supported audio formats: will convert from and to any of the following formats; MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, AIF, VOC, FLAC, M4A, OGG, AU, FLV, and APE.
  • The user experience: is very nice. The interface looks good and the dialogs very intuitive.
  • Conversion Performance: provides excellent conversion speed. This is merely my subjective assessment, but I will note that the program is optimized for dual core (Intel/AMD) processors.
  • Audio CD creation: it can burn any of the above format audio files into a normal music CD that can be played on any CD player. It can also create a “disk image” file in BIN, APE, SVD formats.
  • MP3 CD creation: actually not just MP3s; you can burn audio files of any supported format into CD’s that can be played on some CD players that support these formats.
  • CD Ripping: will rip CD tracks into any of the supported audio file formats; surprisingly, however, it does not pull track data from CDDB or an online database, requiring manual data entry of this information (or a later online lookup using another app).Pepski Converter: converting MP3 ot OGG

Wish list

  • CDDB, Amazon, or other online database lookups for audio track info when ripping CDs. The omission of this is a significant drawback since, at least for myself, it is enough of a reason to never use this program’s CD ripping functionality. (Having said this, it will rip CDs into some unusual formats which other CD ripper may not).

The verdict: this program is a worthwhile download for many reasons. As a converter is it perfect because of it’s good performance and the great range of audio file formats that are supported that you can convert from and to (including ’uncommon’ formats such as FLV, APE, FLAC, etc). The audio CD creation function is also great because many freeware CD burning programs and many Audio players do not have it. The omission of online database lookups when ripping CDs is somewhat strange, though, and if added would make a very good program even better.

Version Tested: 3.5.3.218

Compatibility: Windows NT4/2000/2003/XP and Vista

Go to the program page to download the latest version (approx 10 megs).


 
 
 
Samer Kurdi

Samer Kurdi

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  • http://w4rez.9hz.com NYNE

    samer this is awesome ive been looking for something like this that rips/converts all in one and this thing even burns and it doesnt deserse the samer 5 starts WHOA im gonna try this baby out

  • http://mewithin.wordpress.com/ Hasit

    I have noticed that you have stopped rating the freeware. 4 or 5 stars. Remember?
    Why so?

    And also, ‘Any Audio Converter’ or ‘Pepsky Free Audio Converter’? Which one, do you think, is better?

  • CT

    Cool!

    Ever since AudioGrabber stopped development (and has issues with Multi-Core CPU’s), I’ve been looking for a decent Ripper/Encoder that could handle both MP3’s and FLAC (I’m a purist, but also love my MP3 player for portability) – I do hope they add CDDB (or similar) support for Track ‘Auto-Lookup’ and Tagging – Hopefully they listen to suggestions!

    Thanks! (again)
    “Where does he get those wonderful toys?”
    (quoting ‘The Joker’ from the movie ‘Batman’)

  • Samer

    @ Hasit: I had 4-star, 5-star and “Freewaregenius Pick” ratings. I still give the last one (pick), but decided the difference between 4 and 5 stars was not worth making (one less decision for me to make).
    I think I like this one more than All Audio Converter, simply because of the formats range.

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  • http://maximillianx.blogspot.com/ Rob Dunn

    Nice find, Samer (as usual)!

    I’ll be checking this out. I’ve had a need on occasion to do this, but never had the time to focus on it (rather than my other stuff I find) ;)

    Rob (CFJ)

  • Midas

    Tried it and found it a no go because to the best of my knowledge there’s no way to encode in Variable Bit Rates or Joint Stereo modes; this options are paramount to efficient lossy audio encoding, as they maximize quality for any given bitrate.

    I’ll keep using the unsurmountable Exact Audio Copy (http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/ ), which BTW is free & portable, although rather complex, and so unfit for beginners…

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  • Anna

    I just tried to download this – it had restrictions on all its functions, and encouraged me to get a licence key to use them properly. No longer true freeware?

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  • rq

    This software apparently is a shareware now, regrettably.