Audials One 2018 Review
Our new Audials One 2018 Review. You can install Audials One 2018 on your USB flash drive, and carry it with you. That’s right, the installer works as a portable version too. Do note that the installer allows you to choose whether to install the LAME encoder, which the program uses for converting audio tracks into the popular MP3 format.
Audials One 2018 has a lot of changes, including an all new design. The interface follows the Windows 10 Fluent design standard, which makes it look similar to a native Windows application.
That being said, there aren’t too many changes which might confuse previous version users. So, the sidebar, the toolbar, the playback screen and homescreen are still there. Let’s walk you through the GUI. You can choose a different color and font style to customize the interface too, but we think the default dark theme is brilliant. The sidebar has 4 categories, each of which has its own set of shortcuts. The Music and More tab can be used to access the Radio, Music Search, Music Wishes, Podcasts and Music Television.
The Radio is exactly what it sounds like, pun intended. This is of course, an online radio tool using which you can listen to radio stations from all over the world. There are over 50,000 radio stations which you can choose from, and you can choose any of these to listen to. Every radio station in Audials One 2018 has a label which has the station’s name and Country flag displayed for easy recognition. You can also see the quality of the stream in terms of the bitrate i.e. 128 kbps, 192 kbps, and so on. That’s not all, you can see which song is being played on a station with a glance, because the track name is shown in the tab. You will also see an album art of the playing track (if the station supports the feature).
There are multiple ways to find a station you want to listen to. You can either pick a music genre from the sidebar (pop, classical, rock hip hop, etc), each of which has several sub-genres. Click the Countries tab to see the list of stations based on the geo-location. This is extremely useful, especially if you want to listen to music or stations from a specific Country, and a much faster way to find regional stations than the genre tab.
The toolbar on the top of the interface of Audials One 2018, allows you to switch to the homescreen, previous screen, and the search bar can be used for entering the station name. The pin allows you to stick a category to the homescreen of the program. You can star a radio station, to add it to the favorites tab for quick access. The three dot menu houses the “Manage Station” option, which lets you filter the list of radio stations, including filters for only displaying stations which provide complete songs, and even select the encoding format (MP3, WMA, AAC) and the bit rate, etc). You can also open a station’s website, share a station via social networks, ban a station from the view.
Select a radio station by clicking on it, and you will see some details on the right panel, which includes the station name, current playing track, album art etc. This is also where the playback controls are which include, play, pause, previous/next track, repeat, shuffle, volume bar, and the equalizer options. There is a Karaoke option in the music panel, which can be used to get the lyrics of the current song, which you can use to sing along. You can also right-click on a station in the list view, to access the context menu. This menu allows you to favorite/ban the station, listen to/show the station, record, share, etc.
The Show station view changes the primary view with even more information about the station including the website, the names and portraits of artists which the station frequently plays, the playlist, shows and podcasts which are hosted by the station. The news tab displays news about artists and any news related to the station. You can also discover similar radio stations to the one selected from the Show station screen.
Audials One 2018 has a built-in recorder, which you can use to capture the radio feed and save it in several formats. You can mass record stations at the same time too. The Job setting allows you to set up a schedule, and the program will automatically record the radio playback at the time and date which you select. This is extremely useful, because you don’t have to manually start the recording process, or even have to remember that a specific show that you wanted to record is about to start. The program does it for you.
You can save the tracks which you record or download using Audials One on your computer’s hard drive, a USB storage device, or on a network drive, or even to a cloud storage service such as Box, Dropbox, Google Play, OneDrive, MagentaCloud, Strato HDrive, etc, directly from the program’s interface.
Audials One 2018 allows you to configure the format in which the recorded media will be saved as. You can retain the original media format used by the radio station, for quickly recording the content. The built-in convert option in the application allows you to choose the format which the recorder should save the tracks in, but it will take a bit of extra time for the conversion process. Do remember that you can convert the recorded media at a later time using the converter. So, you could record the content now, and then convert it whenever you want to.
You can select any of the following audio formats: FLAC, AAC, AIFF, AU, CAF, M4A, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA and WMA Pro, to save the recordings in to. These are the built-in profiles, but you can create your custom profiles too. The program allows you to choose the bit-rate quality of the audio, so you can decide if you want a good one or the best or lower quality ones.
Audials One 2018 can be used to search for music and download them, using the Music Search option. You can use the manual search option to specify the name of the song you want, or use the top songs or top artists option to discover the currently trending hits.
Audials One has a tiled (portraits) interface called Music Zoom, which it uses in an interesting way. The tiles representing artists differ in size, as in their zoom levels. The more popular an artist is, the more zoomed in their picture will be, and vice versa. If you don’t like this, you can switch to the regular view, and use the program too. There is literally no difference between the different view modes. When you wishlist songs, albums and artists, Audials One lists them in the Music Wishes tab, and records them from music websites and radio stations. This is an excellent way to build your media library with very little effort.
Online radio stations aren’t all about music, you can use Audials One to listen to podcasts about various topics including comedy, music, art, games, sports, etc. Yes, you can record the podcasts too. The Music Television option in Audials One 2018 is similar to the Radio, except that it is capable of playing and recording videos from online music stations.
The Streaming category in the programs is a life saver, for those who prefer to listen to their music offline. You can use it to record the audio from any source including third party media players on your computer and streaming services like Spotify, Amazon, etc. The Save Video option works in the same way, and you can either paste a video URL, or select a streaming service like Hulu, and record it. You can use Audials One 2018 to record live stream content too.
The Universal Converter in Audials One 2018 can be used to convert audio and video into several formats. We have already mentioned the audio formats, and these are the supported video formats: 3GP, 3G2, AVI. FLV, MKV, MOV, MPEG4 and WMV. Simply select a preset and let the program do the rest, although you can manually select that video resolution if you want to.
The video recording function can be used to record your desktop too, so you can create a video of your programs, or games very easily. You can use the built-in browser to add the files for conversion, or you could keep the program’s window open, and drag the content to the GUI to convert the media. The Copy DVD option is used to copy the contents of a DVD and save them to your computer as a media file. The Media Center in Audials One 2018 is like a multimedia player. You can use it to play your music and videos. The program also has an option to create and manage playlists.
Online radio stations, music video stations, music search, music discovery, audio and video converter, screen recorder, multimedia player in one program. What more could one want? Audials One 2018 has won us over just like it always does.