I’ve been using dBpowerAMP Music Converter or, as it is often called, “dMC” for a long time now. From the dBpowerAMP website, they say that it is “often called a Swiss army knife of audio.” They could not have been more right about that!
When I found this audio converter, I was just looking for a tool to convert my WAV files to MP3 and vice versa. I discovered that it did a lot more than that. Below, I’ve outlined the best of their many features.
Rip Audio CDs
Most CD Ripping applications will only save the audio as Wave or MP3. But, there are some people who would rather put it in a different format like Monkey’s Audio, which, by the way, has lossless quality. Fortunately, dMC comes with an audio CD Ripper that will automatically convert to any desired format.
Windows Explorer Integration
Another nifty feature is the option to integrate this program into the Windows Explorer interface. This means that when you right-click any of the supported dMC formats, the menu will include an option to convert.
Additionally, dMC integrates into the properties dialog box of audio files. It allows you to view all of the ID tags of any audio file. If you buy the power pack, you can even edit them from there too!
“Gasp! There’s something bad about dBPowerAmp Music Converter!?” you say? Unfortunately, yes. This just happened recently. Because of the royalties MP3 codec patent holders are charging to companies that use their format, MP3 encoding is limited. While decoding (converting) from MP3 format is free, encoding is not. There is a 30 day trial license for the built-in encode MP3 encoder. Though, there are some legal workarounds. Just go to the Codec Central page and download the mp3 Blade encoder. I would recommend the other two mp3 Fraunhofer IIS Mp3Enc and mp3 Lame but they are just too difficult to deal with.
Comment on your suggestions or experiences with dMC.