Switch
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Converts a variety of audio formats.   Shareware ($29.99)
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Switch File Format Converter is a sound file converter for Mac. It can convert audio files from many sources into mp3 or wav format. Switch Converter is very easy to use. Just add the files you want to convert to the list, select the format you want to use, and then click the convert button.

Features:
  • Simple and intuitive interface.
  • Converts a variety of different audio file formats (including WMA, MOV, AIFF formats) into MP3 or WAV format.
  • MPEG Layer-3 encoding done using the LAME codec, providing complete control over mode and
What's New
Version 4.57: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.5 or later





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BigJohnson reviewed on 31 Mar 2014
Support is appalling!

Took more than a year to get an appropriate answer to my support request. I had run into some FLAC files that Switch could not convert.

The first reply (2-6-13) said "Could you please install the necessary codecs please go to this link download: http://www.perian.org/"

As if I'm supposed to rely on another developer's software to make Switch do its job!

Throughout the next year there were MANY emails sent to Nch.

On 1-22-14 I got this incorrect reply from them:
"WMA codification is proprietary of Microsoft Windows and Switch is not able to convert this type of files, even after installing the respective codecs to have he system be able to reproduce the files Switch wont be able to work with WMA files."

Really? The website says it DOES convert wma!

I emaild replied back for veification and received this answer:
"Yes, WMV and WMA are video and audio (respectively) that are proprietary of Microsoft Windows. Any other unprotected sound format is supported by Switch."

I sent them an angry email, and received this response:
"I apologize, I think my fellow agent might have made an assumption here that isn't true. Switch Mac does indeed support .WMA files as long as they are not copy protected. I've tested this with a number of files from the internet and it worked fine.

As for your file, it does not appear to be copy protected either, so it's not that. It looks like just a bug in the application, there must be some setting or encoding unique to that set of .wma files that is breaking us right now, and I apologize for that. I have opened a bug using your sample file, and if you'd like, I can add you to a watch-list so you can be emailed when a build fixing this is released. At that time if you return to this support ticket and ask for Rob, I'd be happy to give you a free upgrade to that newest version."

Stupid support staff doesn't even know which file types their apps support! This issue wasted a lot of my time, and caused a lot of aggravation.

And to date, they STILL haven't released a bug-fix!
Obviously they aren't too concerned about their software's failings.

FWIW, XLD was also unable to convert those same files. I was able to successfully convert them using iSonics, but it doesn't offer a compression setting, so I don't know which FLAC level it used.
[Version 4.57]

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BigJohnson replied on 04 Apr 2014
I received a reply today from Sonjoy, NCH Customer Service Team.

It says
"This is a known bug at this stage and you are on our watch list so you would be kept informed when we have a fix. Unfortunately there is no ETA on the release with this fix as yet but you would find an email on the release date."

No need to hurry Sonjoy, it's only been about FIFTEEN MONTHS since I first made Nch aware of the issue - who could possibly be expected to fix anything in such a brief period? Obviously not the software wizards in your company.

I am well aware that Nch considers this issue insignificant, my time unimportant and that my continued support is unwanted.

Rest assured I'll never again purchase any Nch crap!
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Bowlerboy_jmb reviewed on 01 Feb 2014
As a demo, Switch provides the same full functionality as the "plus"version which you must pay for, else Switch gets turned off, i.e., its demo period expires.

The good thing about Switch is that it does a good job of converting a wide variety of formats. Among other things, I got it years ago to convert a propriety format that Olympus uses in their digital voice recorders to mp3 files. It also has a very nice batch feature which lets you convert a whole shebang of files in one shot.

The bad thing about Switch is the rather dodgy updating feature and pricing scheme. NCH makes no bones about wanting to grab your money any way they can. They don't wait until a full version number is released on a product for which very little development is done between minor. If my memory serves me correctly, if you happen to download the next incremental update, which can occur in about three-month intervals, you have wiped out the correlation between your original serial number and the .point upgrade version, and the minor tweak will cost you.

Word to the wise, if you get this software: never lose the original download and its serial number, just in case you fall victim to this unfriendly updating scheme. NCH tells you upfront—as if it's a disclaimer—that if you happen to lose your serial number, it's all your fault, and they will not bother to send you your original serial number, or they can't for one absurd reason or another, due to some alleged inability to keep track of their customer's records.

In short, then: good software, but lousy, sub-standard tech support and licensing scheme.
[Version 4.57]


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Pe1brj reviewed on 23 Jan 2013
Hello All,
Please be careful, switch is no longer for free and is misleading everyone .
So MacUpdate must set it as shareware or MSH must stop this misleading.
[Version 4.30]


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bbw7 commented on 20 Mar 2012
NCH's website has a link for a "free" version of Switch for non-commercial use; however, it is just the same trial/demo version that stops working after a while.

I installed this "free" version at one time and then later tried to use it to no avail, getting a message that the demo trial time was up. That alone was reason enough to send the app and all its little rat pellets sprinkled about my system to dev/null's-ville.
[Version 4.26]

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Perhellstrom replied on 12 Oct 2012
I say the same.
Remove "Free" from this page and replace it with "Shareware"at least.
Besides that, Switch has worked really well on previous versions where there was a real free version
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Marba replied on 03 Dec 2012
I agree! This is definitely not "FREE".

Moreover, when I just cannot QUIT once installed. I cannot Force Quit it, When I restart the system, it reappeared again. I am still trying out various means to remove this sticky BUG.

I exhort MacUpdate should review this software's claims.
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Chas_m commented on 27 Feb 2012
With the advent of MediaHuman Audio Converter, I can't see any reason for this software as it offers nothing over its competitors, some of which are free.
[Version 4.26]

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Aargl replied on 27 Feb 2012
The joy of spending 30 bucks, maybe? ;-D
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Echorob replied on 27 Feb 2012
MediaHuman Audio Converter is terrible. Stick with the free XLD for all your audio needs.
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Dom21 reviewed on 17 Feb 2009
Tried converting a small .wma to mp3:
"Unable to encode files in the selected format"
.mov to mp3?
"Unable to encode files in the selected format"
.aiff to .mp3?
"Unable to encode files in the selected format"
What a piece of crap!!
[Version 1.40]

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Dom21 commented on 08 Apr 2009
Replying to my own comment... every time I press "Convert" Little Snitch alerts that Switch is trying to connect my computer to a website!

So is that why Switch doesn't do the simplest tasks, because Little Snitch disallows the connection?? Into the trash it went.
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RavenNevermore replied on 01 Jun 2011
Switch downloads needed codecs, which is why LittleSnitch is alerting you. If you block that connection it can't convert the files, and you get that error.

I tried this and when it's allowed to connect it works perfectly, and is pretty quick too. I've been using this to convert .wma files. No issues at all.
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Dom21 replied on 01 Jun 2011
From the website: "The free version...includes most common audio file formats."

No mention that the app has to call out from your computer to work. Any modern developer should be aware of Little Snitch. Why doesn't dev mention the app is calling out every time you use it...?
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RavenNevermore replied on 01 Jun 2011
I agree with you. I know this is what it does because I was also using Little Snitch and also had the failures converting files. When I saw the dialog that it was downloading codecs I unblocked it and it worked.
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atticus reviewed on 28 Dec 2008
I received an album of files in ogg format. First time I encountered this file type. Switch converted to mp3 quick and easy. Added to iTunes library with no problem. The user interface is easy to understand - I especially liked the feature that allows you to select the bitrate for encoding.
[Version 1.40]


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aeroppon commented on 09 Dec 2008
Pretty easy to use. Convert wav to mp3 with no problem.
[Version 1.40]


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Tice commented on 21 Nov 2008
What is that Internet connection the app tries to make? What's downloading? Couldn't find any documentation about it, but LittleSnitch told me about it!
[Version 1.40]

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Rodrigo Girão commented on 20 Dec 2008
I think it is just downloading the codecs needed to read and convert the files.
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RavenNevermore replied on 01 Jun 2011
Yep, it downloads codecs.
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Roro01 reviewed on 20 Nov 2008
A new version - 1.40 - is available at the developer site. Great application! Many thanks.
[Version 1.13]


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Cerebrl had trouble on 23 Oct 2009
This app has worked like a gem for a while, but now it crashes every single time I try to convert a wma to anything else. I have the latest flip4mac, latest switch and the latest OS. It will convert other formats, just not wma. The only error on console is "exited abnormally: bus error". Anyone else having problems?
[Version 1.52]


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Holypoly had trouble on 05 Feb 2006
I ran into the same issue with .aac/m4a conversion.

This is what their customer support dpt. told me:

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there has been some errors made with our installation of the aac encoder.
for the moment might I suggest you use the quicktime format mov.
If you look at the settings there should be the option for mpeg4
within mpeg4 you can choose aac encoding

end quote

Hope this helps
[Version 1.05]


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fakentrash had trouble on 19 Jan 2006
I try it with my G 2x2 Gz and 3.5 GB Ram.
Want to convert a mp3 ( 2.2 MB ) to a m4a. app Crashed without any message !
[Version 1.0]



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mimby rated on 30 Jan 2013

[Version 4.30]



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LandiTrance rated on 02 Nov 2012

[Version 4.30]



Gigadiva rated on 21 Sep 2012

[Version 4.30]



debrap44 rated on 14 May 2011

[Version 1.12]



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Jamsoft rated on 12 Jan 2011

[Version 1.52]


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Type:Multimedia Design : Audio
License:Shareware
Date:30 Dec 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $29.99
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Switch File Format Converter is a sound file converter for Mac. It can convert audio files from many sources into mp3 or wav format. Switch Converter is very easy to use. Just add the files you want to convert to the list, select the format you want to use, and then click the convert button.

Features:
  • Simple and intuitive interface.
  • Converts a variety of different audio file formats (including WMA, MOV, AIFF formats) into MP3 or WAV format.
  • MPEG Layer-3 encoding done using the LAME codec, providing complete control over mode and bitrate selection.
  • Wave encoding allows configuration of encoding technique, bit rate, sampling rate and number of channels.
  • Ability to play tracks prior to conversion.


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