on 22 October 2008, reviewed by: djb
I love JetAudio. I was a faithful Winamp fan. I used Izotope Ozone to make the sound in Winamp try and stand out a little bit more. I loved it, I'll admit. When I saw this on the site and read a couple of the reviews, I did get curious, so I installed it and much to my surprise, the sound was amazing. I was so impressed, I uninstalled Winamp and got this. If I have problems, I'll go back to Winamp, but for right now, jetAudio is the new king of media on my PC. Long live great sounding music!!! Thanks.
on 05 May 2007, reviewed by: Nash
I have been using JetAudio since 2003 and I have to say I love it!
this media player handles the same filetypes as Windows Media Player, plus a few extras. Like WMP, it doesn't have a lot of in-built codecs, so if you want to play stuff like DivX, QuickTime or Real then you will need a codec pack like CCCP or K-Lite. That said, if you have QuickTime/iTunes and RealPlayer installed on your computer, then JetAudio can use their codecs to play their files for you, which is handy.
All this doesn't really make JetAudio much more than a WMP clone, but you'd be wrong. JetAudio is also capable of converting both audio and video files into different formats. It was primarily designed for the Cowon mp3 players but you can easily adjust it to convert files for your iPod, PSP or whatever else you like. I don\'t really use this feature much, except to trim the odd mp3 for use as a ringtone. Other programs convert videos much better (Like Super)
The real beauty of this player is under the hood. When you enter the Preferences section you are presented with a host of nice little options that make this player really special. You can customise it to not show up on the taskbar, saving screen space. You can configure hotkeys to make files pause, skip or do whatever from your keyboard and give the mouse something to do, like to make the scrollwheel handle volume etc. Its all up to you. Configure it well and this media player will feel so natural that other players will just feel awkward and have you asking why they don't allow users to do the same to them.
Video output is good. The quality is as good as WMP or as good as the codec you're using really. However, the sound quality is really nice. Its clear and crisp, plus it can be customised also with equalisers and speaker setups that you normally only see on the DVD media players like PowerDVD. Be warned though, this is not for the bass lovers. WMP still handles bass heavy music with its SRS WOW feature. But personally, I like to be able to hear every instrument and lyric in my music so, JetAudio's sound works great for me.
The interface is also a case of preference. JetAudio is skinnable and there are three main types... Standard, Minimalised and Toolbar. they are all pretty easy to use and display what is nessesary... like an mp3 player, really. I prefer this over most media players because it saves space and loads up quickly. Plus if you have your hotkeys etc set up, then you can keep it hidden and view just the video screen or baloon tips to show you what song you are listening to. This makes JetAudio that little bit more 'natural'.
So far, I have mostly talked about JetAudio's good points. But every rose has thorns (well.. real ones anyway).
Back in the early 2000s, there was a big dispute over which was the best media player between JetAudio and Winamp. Eventually Winamp won out because it was more skinnable, was infinitely customisable via the plugins and had more of a community feel to it. Not much has changed since. JetAudio has a very limited number of skins available (about 50 or so, last time I checked the Cowon website) and they don't really change much besides the colours and the odd little addition here and there. The designs are nowhere near as creative as Winamp or even WMP.
As I mentioned earlier, the video quality is not perfect, and this truly shows when you try to play a DVD and compare with actual DVD playing programs. the difference is definitely visible.
JetAudio's reliance on external codecs is also a major weakness, depending on the codecs you install. Installing too many codecs can and in most cases WILL make your PC that little bit more unstable, so always stick to the minimalistic ones, such as CCCP. only install K-Lite if you really HAVE to.
The Media Library on JetAudio also leaves much to be desired. I have never used JetAudio for organising my music or video collection because, to be honest, it $uck$. iTunes and WMP handle libraries a million times better. JetAudio is only good for playing files, not organising them, which is a shame.
Having said all of that, would I recommend JetAudio? Well yes and no. Yes if you want a customisable media player and don't like switching between programs to play different files. No if you hate tinkering and just want a media player that just works and doesn't need codecs. VLC and GOM do that job better.
All in all, JetAudio is a solid general purpose media player which if you give a little time will really grow on you and work naturally as if it isn't there.
jetAudio 6.2.4 Basic
on 18 December 2005, reviewed by: Sven Westphal
Jetaudio is realy the best Player at this time with a lot of more functions as you can see here. only the bad support of cowon for Users and developers is an critical point. But you get help for usig and skinning on an german Jetaudioforum ( www.media-play .de )There you can get new skins too. The Board is most germanspoken, but an english spoken Homepage is in building process. I hope, i can help many users with that comment...