Review : Audials One 4By soumitra, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
If I define computer as a device which is used to help us out performing some computational jobs, many of you will be raising your eyebrows as the usage of computer extends to listening to music, downloading albums, watching movies and many other entertainment purposes too. We know players such as the default Windows Media Player, VLC Player and Real Player and what are their strengths and weaknesses. They are sufficient to fulfill most of our needs but do they provide everything you need? Perhaps you should look at some media players like Audials One to answer this question. Here is the review.
Features At a Glance
- Find, listen to, record, manage web radio, get MP3
- Music Search Engine
- Find, subscribe and download podcasts
- Find, record and convert music videos
- Use the wish list community
- Copy and convert DRM-protected music and audio books
- Record and convert web videos
- Operating system: Windows XP / Vista
- Minimum Processor: 1GHz
- Memory: 512 MB RAM
- Free HDD Space : 300 MB, 1GB recommended
- Software: Windows Mediaplayer 9 or higher / iTunes 6 or higher
- DSL Internet access.
Audials One Features Review
About.com calls the media player as a ‘Digital Swiss Army Knife’ for downloading free and legal media with large set of tools. We were initially concerned about how they can manage such large set of tools, but after installing we found that they were quite intuitively arranged with tabs located at the tops named Radio, Search, Wishlist, Web, Podcasts and Converter. Lets discuss them one after another.
It has a radiotracker that connects to a large number of radio stations with its huge database. You can listen to your favorite radio station based on your favorite requirement such as genre, favorite stations and wish list. I hear you saying what is so big with that, there are many many softwares available for that. Yes, but its specialty is that you can also record the audio output to MP3 format. Coool! isn’t it?
The Search facility gives you access to a meta search engine only for music and videos. Isn’t it exactly what you were wanting? I just searched for Bob Dylan and it gave me results within seconds and there you can see my favorite song “Blowing in the Wind” from esnips - Exactly what I was searching for!
Make your wishlist and it will search for the songs when it is available.
This feature lets you record audio and videos from Websites. Select a particular portion on your browser and it will record the videos that are being played in that portion. I could imagine nothing simpler.
A few days ago, there was two podcasts came at the same time and I had to make my mind that I would load this one first and not that one next. But it seems that now, it is not necessary to make the sacrifice. The podcast in Audial can record multiple audio streams in parallel and making the efficient use of your time and bandwidth. If the URL isn’t already present in the database, you can simply add the URLs to the list by clicking on the button.
The converter is really a bonus for media player but when we used it we did not get the quality that a full fledged converter could deliver. The conversion quality was not satisfying and also it seemed to take too long when converting the files in our Intel Dual Core system with 1GB RAM.
- Impressive UI
- Wide range of tools
- Price seems to be a value for money for this ‘Do it all’ Application
- Video Conversion quality not up to the mark
- Though tools are intuitively organized, it is sometimes difficult to find them
- If you want a single feature of this application, the price may seem expensive.
What we all want is to set music free. Audial exactly hits that target. With its access to over 20K internet stations and international video, music and podcast portals, you get the entry to a free entertainment world you were looking for. You can also convert the media to the format you want removing the annoying DRM copy protection. After using the using the players like Windows Media Player, VLC Player and Real Player
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