Ashampoo Music Studio 2018 – Free Full Version!


Ashampoo Music Studio 2018

Ashampoo has released their free version of Music Studio and we’d like to tell you a little bit about it.

Ashampoo Music Studio 2018 is a tried and versatile application to edit and burn audio files. Audio disc ripping happens quickly and missing track information is filled in automatically based on an extensive online database. Files can be burned or converted into different audio formats. The integrated audio editor enables users to modify or remove individual passages and allows them to split up tracks into individual parts. Organizing music collections is another strength of the program. Metadata can be modified, volumes altered and files renamed based on customizable naming schemes. Songs can be easily mixed with fading and audio tracks extracted from existing videos, e.g. to create ring tones. The built-in cover editor makes it easy to design covers and inlays using multiple integrated templates from simple designs to mosaic layouts. The main menu and program structure have been completely redesigned for quicker results. Individual segments can now be repositioned via dragging in the editor and will snap in place for easy rearrangement. Support for APE has also been added.

System Requirements

Windows 10
Windows 8.1
Windows 8
Windows 7

Feature Highlights

  • Burn audio CDs
  • Rip audio CDs
  • Convert audio files into various formats
  • Edit and auto-complete metadata
  • Edit and normalize sound files
  • Mix tracks with fading
  • Extract audio from videos

Main Menu


As you can see in the above image Music Studio 2018 has an intuitive interface which is easy to use. It has been my experience with Ashampoo products that not only are their programs superb, but they spend time on the menu systems as well. They are well thought out.

Update 9/26

Some of you have been curious about the differences between version 2018 and version 7. Here is a comparison chart for you:

  Music Studio 2018 Music Studio 7

Record what you hear NO NEW
New and optimized CD selection page NO NEW
Full StereoMix support NO NEW
Fast CD ripping with Quick Rip NO NEW
Use disc ripping with playlist auto-creation NO YES
Create compatible playlists YES YES
Play/overlay multiple music files NO YES
Equalizer-based sound optimization NO YES
Audio disc ripping, individual format selection, extract anywhere YES YES
Extract audio tracks from videos YES YES
Create custom recordings YES YES

Output presets for Apple devices NO NEW
Output presets for Android devices NO NEW
Snap to position when tracks are moved NO NEW
Output presets for Windows devices NO NEW
Reposition cut marks through mouse or arrow keys NO NEW
Grab and drag tracks to reorder them NO NEW
Cool shuffle feature for audio CDs and Mix Tape NO NEW
Support for APE (Monkey’s Audio) NO NEW
Modify track speeds based on tempo and pitch or apply time stretch effects NO NEW
Enhanced normalization support for new formats including M4A NO NEW
Brand new editor NO YES
Work intuitively with three separate tracks NO YES
Move tracks with drag and drop NO YES
Play and edit audio selections NO YES
Edit AAC/m4a files NO YES
Edit m4a song metadata NO YES
Auto-split audio files with smart splitting NO YES
Normalize AAC/m4a files NO YES
Find and download covers NO YES
Convert audio files into Opus NO YES
Retrieve missing track information through online database YES YES
Edit metadata YES YES
Normalize and adjust volumes between multiple tracks YES YES
Convert audio files into different formats YES YES
Convert audio files into Flac NO YES
Convert audio files into Ogg YES YES
Convert audio files into WAV YES YES
Organize titles and add additional info YES YES
Split and mix music YES YES

DJ Mix Tape with tempo analysis and smart harmonization NO NEW
Fresh design for faster menu access NO NEW
Cover editor with new user interface NO NEW
BPM (beats per minute) detection for audio tracks NO NEW
Create CUE-based playlists NO NEW
Fascinating covers with image mosaics NO NEW
Burn and convert AAC/m4a files NO YES
Burn audio discs YES YES
Burn MP3 discs NO YES
Create custom slim-case covers YES YES
Create new tracks with Title Mixer YES YES
Burn WMA discs YES YES
Burned mixed-mode discs YES YES
Create custom jewel-case covers YES YES
Create custom CD labels YES YES
Cover Studio with new and modern templates YES YES

How To Get Your Free Copy

Update 9/26

Here are the steps to get your free copy:

  1. Install the software
  2. During installation, you will be directed to a product registration page and prompted to supply your email address to obtain a valid license key
  3. Simply fill in the required information. You will then receive a confirmation mail including your license key
  4. Once received, simply enter your key and proceed with the installation

Click here to see all the products Ashampoo has to offer.

Click here to read the Music Studio 2018 product information. The download link is also on this page.

Enjoy your new software and let us know how you like it!

About the Author

Richard Pedersen

Richard received his first computer, a C-64, in 1982 as a gift and began dabbling in BASIC. He was hooked! His love for computing has led him from the old “XT” boxes to the more modern fare and from clunky 10MB hard drives to smooth and fast modern day SSD drives. He has run BBS services, Fido mail, and even operated his own computer repair business.


  1. Last time I tried this s/ware two weeks ago on clicking the desktop icon a window opened then quickly faded and disappeared completely and repeatedly. There was no other way to open the program.
    Let’s hope that it works this time.

  2. I must be doing something wrong then, because I’ve tried installing more than once and each time I’m taken to a page to enter a valid license. Tried “Get Activation Key” also but nothing happens.

    • Hi Frank,

      OK, I’ll get hold of Ashampoo and ask them what to do.
      It is the weekend, so please be patient.
      When I find out, you’ll find out,

  3. Hi Richard. Appreciate your presence here and good suggestions, etc.
    I’m wondering if you know what the difference(s) are between Music Studio 2018 and Music Studio 7 (I just bought MS7 last week at a very good price – felt a little support was in order since I’ve been using giveaways since version 3). I got curious about what the difference might be so I installed MS2018 as well. The “About” tab in MS2018 shows in brackets ( (1330)), so it looks like it is version 7 in some form. The purchased version is (1230). Features seem to be the same, but often the giveaway version has some disabled, but I’m not finding any. Don’t make it a project : ), just if you know.

  4. Hi Arby,

    Sadly, Ashampoo doesn’t offer a page with version comparisons for its products.

    The only way I know is to look at each product’s feature list and compare them yourself. The free version should be missing something or it wouldn’t make sense for them to charge for a license.

    Thanks for the kind words and your comments,

    • Thanks Richard for taking time to reply. Pretty generous of them either way. Perhaps it is full but won’t get updated with changes. Hard to figure what they could limit on it. Have a good day, I’m off to bed! (Canada west coast).

  5. Richard. I’ve not tried out your recent link for the free 2018 version, but I did need to register in order to get the key. Registration took some time, was frustrating at times, having to go backwards after registering an account, receiving the key and entering to allow the program to complete.

    Time to remind everyone, there is often nothing for free. Your time, often costs you more than purchasing the product. Companies that offer freebies often want you to become customers.

    This practice is used all over, from grocery stores (something like a free coupon offered by a vendor) as an example. I have not used this software yet, but intend on taking it for a spin soon, Mindblower!

      • It’s been a slow process, but I’ve found the time to use more of the features and am very impressed. This program is a gem and for the price (free at the time), does what many other programs I’ve tried out in the past fail to include. Like with most utility programs, take the time to learn and understand. You might be pleasantly surprised with the outcome, Mindblower!

  6. Hello All,

    This post has been updated as of 9/26/2017.

    Included now is a comparison chart for Music Studio 2018 and 7.
    I also included step-by-step instructions to get your free copy of version 2018.

    A big thank you to Ashampoo for their timely response to my inquiries,

  7. I have this and got it with a bundle from Ashampoo, i burn’t a cd from files but it did not burn all the music information. All the files had the info including the tag (MP3Tag) how can i burn all the information that is listed and not just have Track 1, Track 2, Track 3 etc etc.

    • Hi Dean,

      I posted this article over a year ago. You will have to contact Ashampoo for questions about this software.
      Thank you,

    • Dean, Dean, Dean. How did you burn the files? Did you select the Rip & Burn, then Create mixed format disc to burn your files, Mindblower!

  8. I am having the same problem i have installed ashampoo Music studio 2 times and still no activation key i emailed support 3 times
    i cant get them to send the activation key to my email

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