OS: Win 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
Installed Size: 32.8MB
Function: Ripping, Encoding, Decoding, Burning
Music Match Jukebox has long been considered a major player in MP3 software. It's popularity is largely due to good marketing, nice design, and a load of features. In fact, Music Match doesn't want you to use any other software for MP3.
The free Music Match Jukebox version is good, you will get a lot for your money although the slow burn speed may drive you nuts. Upgrading to the full version is the big debate. Music Match Jukebox Plus offers faster ripping and burning as well as CD label making and a bunch of other jazz. The big drawback to the full version is once you buy it, you will still have to pay for future upgrades unless you want to spend an extra right up front. If you are going to upgrade to the full version, I definitely recommend getting the lifetime updates if you are convinced this is the one program you want to use. Other small drawbacks are the installed file size is large and Music Match is annoyingly sluggish when trying to advance the tracks.
All that aside, Music Match is a solid program. The ripper is good and the encoding engine is Fraunhofer's FastEnc. Burning is adequate although average in speed compared to the other programs out there. The equalizer is nice and gives good sound but only available in the full version. Bottom line is that Music Match's features are average or above but not the best that the market has to offer. If you are looking for one piece of software to do it all, this is the best choice I have found. However, if you want excellence in every feature, you will have to sort through other programs.