PROS / JetAudio has recording features in addition to media player functionality. It is compatible with 57 file formats and has an equalizer. This software has many strong features.
CONS / The interface isn't fully intuitive. There's a hidden menu near the top of the screen. The buttons aren't clearly identifiable, and we couldn't find a help section within the software.
VERDICT / The high number of features makes this MP3 software valuable, even if the interface is a little hard to work with initially. It also has nearly 200 language options.
JetAudio is music collection software that provides recording capabilities. Additionally, this MP3 software is compatible with 57 file formats, which is one reason that this is one of the best music manager applications. JetAudio comes with editing tools, burning integration, an internet database for auto-tagging, lyric display for MP3s and MIDI, skin options and more. For these reasons, jetAudio is our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award winner.
The left pane of jetAudio has an organizational tree that keeps track of your media files. When you initially scan your computer for media files, jetAudio automatically puts music files in one area and video files in another. This music library software has links to music resources online such as YouTube, last.fm, Amazon, Leo's Lyric Database and eMusic. The organizational tree has an automated feature called Browse that allows you to filter your files by album, artist, genre and more. You can also see the playlists you've created in this pane.
The recording feature in jetAudio works well. You can run the audio trimmer or audio mixing recorder. It has an encoder and timer as well. It has an equalizer, silence detector, volume control, and high- and low-pass filters. However, the equalizer and silence detector are part of a Recording Extension pack you have to purchase as an add-on. You can also purchase the Special Sound Effect pack if you want.
The filters work well. The Tempo, Category and Situation filters are convenient features that other MP3 software overlooks. This media manager software also has a timer and alarm, which come in handy if you want to take a nap while listening to music or watching a video. JetAudio offers three skins; however, you can download more online.
With jetAudio, you can add reverb, cross-fade tunes and adjust the playback speed. This MP3 software offers BBE ViVa Effect to help you create a wide sound with your music. You can rip and burn with jetAudio. It's not slow at performing these tasks, but other applications burn and rip faster. However, most users won't notice the negligible difference between jetAudio's ripping/burning speeds compared to other applications within the MP3 software market.
Regarding playlists, the application offers a long list of management options. You can manually create a playlist, or you can listen to the auto playlists, such as Music Collection – '80s Music. We didn't see this convenient feature on other applications.
This MP3 software doesn't offer as many visualizer options as some of the applications we tested. If you use the Windows Media Player visualizer, you'll probably recognize the patterns, transitions and progressions. You can download visualizers online if you want additional choices.
This music management software looks similar to iTunes. JetAudio has alternating white and gray rows in the pane that displays the music. iTunes uses light blue instead of gray. The rest of the layout is different though.
Help & Support
JetAudio's website provides an assortment of support options that include live chat, email, FAQs and a forum that discusses troubleshooting, suggestions, site feedback and more. We couldn't find a help menu in the application, which is frustrating. JetAudio comes with nearly 200 language choices. The Internet Radio has stations in Chinese, Russian and Dutch, but most of the content is in English.
Ease of Use
The interface appears straightforward, but it's not as simple as it seems. In the upper section, there's a set of four buttons on either side of an equalizer. The buttons' designs aren't intuitive. In order to learn their purpose, you have to hover your mouse over the buttons. Additionally, we discovered a hidden menu when you right-click near the top of the window. This menu contains the main features. We thought it is curious that the menu isn't marked. To add to that, the buttons on the top right corner of the page are unclear. Normally, there are three buttons: Minimize, Restore Down and Close. In jetAudio's case, there are two close buttons. One is to close jetAudio and the other is to exit.
On the left is a pane consisting of folders that expand in a branching tree structure. The layout is extremely similar to other music management software, so navigation will be intuitive to anyone who's used any of those applications. It's convenient to have the lyrics in a pane on the media player.
JetAudio provides a media player, file compatiblity for nearly 60 formats, recording features and more. The interface isn't as clear as we expected because the buttons aren't clearly marked and at least one menu is hidden near the top of the screen. Still, this MP3 software has features that aren't common, which are great additions, such as the automated playlist and recording tools.