A large number of wonderful, high-quality free sound programs are available, free for the downloading, from the Web. These programs will do everything from playing your MP3 files, or other sound files, to allowing you to create new sounds of your own. You can also manipulate sound files, organize your collection of sounds and music and much more with these programs.
This is a free music organizer and tag editor program to help you keep your music collection in top shape. NeatMP3 offers an intuitive interface and advanced organizing and editing features. (For Windows and Mac).
This is a useful freeware text-to-speech and text-to-MP3 program. Panopreter Basic reads files in TXT, RTF, DOC, and HMTL formats with natural voices. It also converts text to MP3 and WAV audio files. (For Windows).
The Web's most popular MP3 sound file player, Winamp, is now freeware (previously, it required a registration fee). Winamp is a flexible, high-fidelity sound file player that supports MP3, CD, Audiosoft, MOD, WAV and other formats. There are endless ways to customize this player via skins (which change the appearance of the interface), as well as audio effect plugins of various sorts. (For Windows).
This is a free Windows program for recording, playing, composing and editing MIDI music using and sampled percussion sounds. Anvil features many effects, such as delay, pitch change, volume and filtering. You can also compose rhythm tracks with your own sampled percussion sounds. An essential sound program if you want to work with MIDI sound files. Here's a screen shot. (For Windows).
Here's a handy little freeware sound utility that lets you dynamically adjust your sound volume using keyboard hot keys. Perfect for anyone who is constantly having to open the sound mixer to adjust the volume when listening to sound files recorded at different volume levels. Support to control Winamp's Next, Previous and Pause buttons via a series of hot keys is also included. (For Windows).
If you're downloading sound files off the Web, you're going to need a good sound player utility to hear them. Yamp fits the bill well. This free program from Germany plays virtually every format out there, including WAV files (all formats, also compressed ones), MIDs, RMIs, MODs, S3Ms, XMs, ITs, AVIs, MPAs, MP1s, MP2s and MP3s, MPEG, and AVI. It offers powerful playlists, "Drag and Drop" functionality and more. (For Windows).
This easy-to-use freeware program can convert your Windows Media files to MP3 files. The program contains no spyware/junkware and it supports all Windows Media formats (WMA, WMV and ASF). (For Windows).