Developer: Open Source
Installed Size: depends on frontend
MPEG Audio Decoder (MAD) is developed mostly by Robert Leslie but is also a part of the Open Source community of developers. The decoder yields 24-bit files and based on the decoding tests of David Robinson, produces higher quality files than 16-bit programs. Doesn't seem like a big deal at first, but for a free program, it gets more than the job done.
The program is distributed on site merely as source code and unless you are a programmer, most don't have the resources to compile it. The program can be downloaded with the frontend MADPlay (shown left). Additional features include the ability to batch decode MP3 files.
Get MPEG Audio Decoder with MADPlay