Audials Tunebite 9 Review (Plus Giveaway)
Audials Tunebite 9 is a versatile multimedia application. Tunebite allows you to remove DRM from copy-protected music, films and DVDs. It also allows you to record audio from sites like Grooveshark.com, Last.fm and streaming radio from any website like Spotify. It also lets you download videos playing on any website like YouTube, Vimeo, synchronize media collection with portable devices, play videos and comes with a built-in audio and video converter.
Here, I’ll take the latest version of Audials Tunebite 9 for review. At the end of the article you’ll find information about our exclusive Audials Tunebite 9 giveaway.
Audials Tunebite 9: Installation Process
The installation process is similar to what was seen in my earlier review of Audials Moviebox 9. It seems almost all Audials products follow the same installation routine.
Audials Tunebite 9: User Interface
The user-interface is also same throughout all Audials products. The user interface is divided into three different sections. You can retract sections to save screen space.
As always, the left-most section gives you access to the core functionality of the application:
- Universal Converter
- DVD Ripper
- Save Music
- Save Video
- Media Center
- Movies and entertainment
- All Media files
The middle section changes according to the option chosen from the left section. The right most section displays a media player for playing ripped, downloaded or converted audio/video files, a playlist of recent video files and the option mange your multimedia collection.
Audials Tunebite 9: Functionality
The audio/video converter is same as we’ve seen in Moviebox. It supports file drag and drop so that you can easily import media files for conversion. Obviously, files can also be added using the file browser or using the search function.
Conversion profiles for popular Android, Apple, Windows Phone, Nokia devices, gaming consoles and many other portable media devices are available. You also have the option to create custom conversion profiles.
The converter can automatically tag multimedia files. In our test, the conversion process was fast, but it may take time in your machine depending on the conversion profile selected and the hardware resources available.
The DVD ripper function is alike that of Moviebox. After you insert a movie DVD, it offers conversion options with a range of predefined output format.
Movie DVDs that aren’t copy-protected are directly saved. Copy-protected DVD is first played back so that Tunebite can capture the movie. Unlike other applications that attempts to tamper or break the copy-protection code, this process complies with most local laws. Just make sure your PC have enough hardware power to handle both playing and copying (recording) tasks simultaneously.
The streaming feature lets you capture audio and video streams from the Internet and from various applications. Streaming is divided into two parts: Save Music and Save Video. The Save Video feature is exactly the same as seen in Audials Moviebox 9, so I’ll not write about it here again. Save Music is something new, so I’ll see how it works and performs in my test.
Audio capturing can be performed through three ways: Audio Recording, Sound recording with tagging and Sound recording continuously. The last two options is a good option for capturing streaming audio. When activated, it captures whatever you can hear through the computer speakers. So, if you have kept Skype conversation running and have started capturing you can record your Skype conversation.
The first option “Audio Recording” lets you download Grooveshark music or download Last.fm music or from similar services. When I clicked on the Audio Recording button, Tunebite asked me to install an additional component. The installation of the additional component may need a system restart.
Once installed, it was just a matter of time to click on the button and sit back. Tunebite automatically starts downloading any music file you play in your browser. The audio quality of the captured audio using all the three options were good.
The Media Center component is similar to what was seen earlier in Moviebox with some additional features. Briefly, Media Center helps manage all your media collection. It also helps sync media files across various devices and cloud services.
Audials Tunebite 9 is a versatile solution if you’re looking for a way to easily record and convert music, movies and DVDs. The application is a bit resource intensive, in my test, It was using around 190 MB to 280 MB of RAM. If you’ve read Audials Moviebox 9 review, you must have noticed only a few features are extra in Tunebite 9. So, if you should go for Moviebox or Tunebite largely depends on what functions you are looking for.
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