Don't-Miss Audio Stories

Review: MuseScore is powerful and free musical notation software

This free cross-platform notation editor has a surprising amount of power and great looking notation. It's not as slick as some of the paid competition, but it will surpass the needs of most users.

Review: MobileGo for iOS goes where iTunes won't

Wondershare's MobileGo for iOS is a full-featured media management tool for your iOS device. It offers a host of useful features, including a robust contact manager, but it's pricey, at $40.

Review: AlbumPlayer really lets the music play

AlbumPlayer is a digital jukebox with a slick design and some cool features for music playback. Unfortunately, though, this software is expensive.

Review: Songbird Desktop is much more than just a media player

Songbird Desktop is a free tool for managing your music collection, but also includes features for streaming content around the house and letting you connect with friends and artists.

Review: MP3 Rocket makes YouTube videos into MP3s

MP3 Rocket is a free application that converts videos into MP3s. It's easy to use, free, and offers a slick way to convert videos for later listening.

Review: Elpis lets you jam to Pandora with zero fuss and maximum fun

Elpis plugs into the Pandora API and makes it possible to enjoy the service with no ads and no interruptions, but with all of your stations and music preferences.

Review: CopyTrans TuneSwift automates iTunes chores

CopyTrans TuneSwift offers an easy (if time-consuming) way)to back up, transfer, or restore your iTunes library. At $15, though, this program isn't exactly cheap.

Review: iCloner offers reliable, but pricey, iPod backups

iCloner offers a neat and easy way to backup your iPod and restores its contents when necessary. But this application is pricey, and its restorations are all or nothing. So is your chance to get it; it'll be gone soon.

Review: SuperSync merges iTunes libraries and more

SuperSync will sync all the iTunes libraries from your various devices and PCs as well as perform maintenance tricks like delete duplicates.

Review: TuneUp cleans up your misnamed music files with a few clicks

If you are in the habit of ripping CDs, you know how frustrating it is when the ripped CD doesn't provide track names, and you have to manually type them by hand. TuneUp is an add-on for iTunes and Windows Media Player that renames your files for you and adds album art.

Review: Wavosaur is tiny and free, but it's still a full-featured audio editor

Wavosaur is an impressive programming feat with full support for VSTfx and ASIO. This free, full-featured audio editing (sans FX) packs a lot of power into a tiny, ultra-efficient package.

Review: iTunes 11 adds cool features, but can be jarring to longtime users

iTunes 11 brings cool new features such as Up Next, a refreshed interface, and an improved MiniPlayer. But longtime users may find the changes (and some omissions) a bit disconcerting.

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Review: Sony's Sound Forge Audio Station 10 is powerful and versatile

An old-school interface belies this program's power and versatility. It's limited to stereo, though; no 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound.