Creating and managing a digital-music collection has become as common as checking e-mail or surfing the Web. Ashampoo MP3 AudioCenter is a compelling entry into a crowded field. With its clean, elegant interface and large, brightly colored buttons, the program visually rises above the herd.
It comes stocked with six functions: CD ripping, CD burning, file conversion, normalization, file editing, and file repair. A wizard holds your hand through the process of learning each function. Advanced users can skip the wizard by using Expert mode, but new users will appreciate Normal mode\'s in-depth explanations.
Currently the program supports encoding only to MP3, OGG, FLAC, or WAV. Another shortcoming is its slow operation, which made normalizing a single MP3 take several minutes. Overall, although audio geeks will demand more, Ashampoo MP3 AudioCenter is a wonderful program for new users who want to rip a CD to MP3 format or burn CDs for their car stereos.