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Cowon Media Center – JetAudio
Developer(s)Cowon Systems, Inc.
Initial release1997; 26 years ago (1997)[1]
Stable release (6 August 2020; 3 years ago (2020-08-06))
PlatformMicrosoft Windows, Android, iOS
Available in11 languages
TypeMedia player
Basic: Shareware
Plus VX: Commercial

JetAudio is a shareware media player application for Microsoft Windows and Android released in 1997,[2] that offers playback options for a wide range of multimedia file formats.

JetAudio for Android is available as a free, “Basic” version and a paid “Plus” version, which removed advertising banners and provides more bands and the ability to display unsynchronized lyrics to the music.[3]

JetAudio offers functions such as: music and video playback, metadata editing, CD ripping and burning, data conversion, sound recording and Internet radio broadcasting. It also includes numerous sound effects.

The commercial “Plus VX” version of the application includes unlocked sound enhancement algorithms and a wide range of file format support, as well as the ability to transcode more than 30 seconds of video files.[4]


The Main Window in JetAudio 8.0.17 wearing the “Default Gunmetal Grey” skin.

JetAudio’s user interface is similar to earlier versions of Winamp in that it features separate windows for: playback, playlist and music library. Like Winamp, JetAudio can be minimized to a toolbar ( “Windowshade Mode”) by pressing the “Toolbar Mode ON/OFF” button in the upper right portion of the Main Window.

The interface includes a 10-band spectrum visualization which doubles as an equalizer. Different implementations of this spectrum visualization can be found in the Main Window, the Media Center, the Video Window, the Lyrics Viewer and the External Spectrum Viewer.


The JetAudio interface comprises the following windows:

  • The Main Window
  • The Media Center
  • The Video Window
  • The Lyrics Viewer
  • The External Spectrum Viewer


File format support[edit]

JetAudio supports all major audio and video file formats, including or audio: MP3, AAC, FLAC and Ogg Vorbis, Monkey’s Audio, True Audio, Musepack and WavPack

For video: H.264, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, WMV and Ogg Theora.

Sound effects and enhancements[edit]

JetAudio features a number of built-in sound effects, including:

Music visualization[edit]

Like many other media player applications, JetAudio offers the option of displaying an animated visualization synchronized with the music: MilkDrop, PixelTrip, Space and Synesthesia. Additional visualization plugins can be downloaded from external providers.

Lyric support[edit]

JetAudio has the ability to display both synchronized and unsynchronized lyrics to the music. Lyrics are displayed in the dedicated Lyrics Viewer window, along with the album art of the file and optionally a spectrum visualization.


JetAudio supports most Winamp plug-ins.

Other features[edit]

JetAudio offers: bookmarking the current position in a song, looping a section of a song, a dropdown on-screen display with configurable content and a configurable “sleep timer” for shutting down the computer after a set period of playback.

JetAudio for Android[edit]

The JetAudio for Android icon.

On 24 May 2012 (2012-05-24), “JetAudio for Android,” mobile version was released.[5]

Initially, the app included the same BBE sound effects found in the desktop version of JetAudio, but these were removed in version 1.0.2 on 8 June 2012 (2012-06-08).[6]


JetAudio was first released in July 1997.[7]

JetAudio 4[edit]

JetAudio version 4.81 EX

JetAudio 4’s graphical user interface was designed to look like a high-powered stereo rack and installed with an on-screen equalizer and remote control.

JetAudio 5[edit]

JetAudio 5, released in 2002, saw a major overhaul of the entire user interface and added support for skins.

JetAudio 6[edit]

JetAudio 6 was released in 2004.

JetAudio 7[edit]

JetAudio 7 (now also known as Cowon Media Center) was the first version of JetAudio to include BBE sound enhancement algorithms. The Consumers' Institute of New Zealand evaluated the Basic version and remarked that it “doesn’t have a plug-in for Firefox compatibility”, but judged the range of video and audio file formats supported as “good”.

JetAudio 8[edit]

JetAudio 8 is the first version of JetAudio to be fully compatible with Windows 7. Some of the new features in JetAudio 8 are:

  • Conversion support for FLV and MKV files
  • Enhanced skins
  • DXVA subtitle support
  • New file association method for Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • PAL/NTSC option for video conversion

JetAudio 8.1 Preview[edit]

The JetAudio 8.1 Preview was released for download on the JetAudio Forums on 16 November 2011 (2011-11-16). New features introduced in the Preview include:[8]

  • Menus of MC/Playlist were changed
  • Playcount column added in MC
  • Convert Path : change path of files in media library/playlist (useful when move files to different drive/computer)
  • Convert ID3 tag : change ID3 tag charset to unicode
  • Modify file path when export to PLS/M3U
  • List with Thumbnail mode for MC/Playlist
  • Pause while converting audio

JetAudio for Android[edit]

The Android version of JetAudio was released on 24 May 2012 (2012-05-24).[9]


On 2 May 2011 (2011-05-02), Cowon announced the release of JetVideo,[10] a media player program with features which partially overlap with those of JetAudio. Like JetAudio, it relies on external codecs (such as those included in the K-Lite Codec Pack) for some of its data decoding.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "COWON SYSTEMS, Inc".
  2. ^ "COWON SYSTEMS, Inc".
  3. ^ JetAudio for Android on Google Play
  4. ^ Comparison chart between JetAudio Basic and JetAudio Plus VX features
  5. ^ JetAudio news story
  6. ^ Anything But iPod news story Archived 2012-06-15 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "COWON SYSTEMS, Inc".
  8. ^ "JetAudio / JetVideo 8.1 Preview - JetAudio Forums - Tracker". Archived from the original on 2011-12-14. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  9. ^ JetAudio for Android on Google Play
  10. ^ "AutoCapsule".

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