There are several options available when searching for free transcription software.
By far the most popular is
by NCH Software. Pioneer Transcription Services uses this software and can highly recommend it. Most foot pedals work with it seamlessly. The only file extensions we have not been able to play with Express Scribe is the new DS2 files recorded by Olympus digital recorders, which is a proprietary file type. There is an easy setting for the person using the digital recorder to use that eliminates this problem. The newest version of Express Scribe includes an option to play and transcribe video, which is quite a good enhancment for transcriptionists over previous versions.
For the Record,
also known as FTR, is frequently used to record court proceedings. The Record Player is a free software download which allows you to play audio files created by For the Record. The website also has a free forum section, which is helpful in troubleshooting any issues.
The FTW Transcriber
is from Tyger Valley Systems and plays all files that Windows Media can play. It also plays video files with the visual displayed. It works with both hot keys or a foot pedal and is very similar to Express Scribe. The one caveat is that ads do appear in the interface. For $7.00 you can get a customer version with no ads.
is a foot pedal software that allows you to control other software that runs on your computer. It isn't a transcription software program that plays audio files, but rather works with Express Scribe and other programs. It has nice features such as automatically inserting frequently used texts at the tap of the foot pedal.
Winamp Media Player
is a powerful program with lots of features. Pioneer Transcription Services has not yet utilized this program, so we don't know what all you can do with it. We did a search on their forum and learned that it should work with the V-Pedal foot pedal when you use the RM-X plug-in.