Creating and managing music collection is a hobby for music lovers. When it comes to music management, iTunes comes in our mind. We all know that iTunes is not a lightweight application and bit complicated. But iTunes is a feature rich program to organize music library, apart from iTunes picking a best desktop music player cum music management tool is no easy task.
What do you look for a best music management tool? A perfect tool is capable of organizing huge music collection very easily. It allows you to search, organize playlists, edit metadata, Radio support and ultimately sync support to various devices including iOS.
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It is a perfect media player and library management program for Windows. The best part of the program is very light on system resources. Today I was lucky enough to get hands-on Gold Version of MediaMonkey; now I want to share my wonderful experience with thetechhacker readers.
The installation procedure of MediaMonkey is very simple, go to the official site and download the setup file and install.
MediaMonkey User Interface
It is a full-featured iTunes replacement for music management on iOS and Android devices, allowing you to add tracks, organize and manage playlists, delete tracks right from the device without taking them off your iTunes library.
After installation, the program starts with startup wizard. The startup wizard is helpful to scan and adds music files; OS Integration features like Audio CD ripping playback and UPnP/DLNA support. The OS integration option includes file associations, right click menu options, etc. If you are a straight forward user, click on finish close the startup wizard.
The program starts in a layout style, the interface looks clean and feature rich. If you are a minimalist yo feel little-confused use quickly. But if you are looking for a power packed music management tool you need to adopt the user interface.
After starting the program, it instantly scanned my entire library in 2 to 3 min. My hard disk contains more than 5K songs; it is like a pain to find and organize them. Thankfully it provides all the necessary features to edit, add, arrange the songs in a perfect user interface. The company claims that the program can handle more than 100,000 songs.
Left side of user interface carries options like Now Playing, Music, Podcast, Video, Playlists, Media Servers, My Computer, Net Radio and The web. Clicking on each option shows the corresponding result in right side panels. When you click on track, the options panel activates on the top left corner of the program.
You can quickly sort out the way you want to look your library using the Music option, clicking on it opens the various options to sort out the tracks. You can view the tracks based on Location, Artist & Album Artist, Composer, Genre, Year, Publisher, Rating, Classification, Files to Edit, Virtual CD, and Previews.
Right clicking any song allows you to access options such as Play, Add to player, send to, Find more from the same, Get Info/Buy from popular sites such as Amazon, HD Tracks, Google and YouTube, cut, copy, remove, My rating, Auto-Tag from Web, Auto-Tag from Filename, Auto-Organize Files, Analyze volume, Level Track volume and properties.
Most of us download songs from various sources on the web. The result from the downloaded songs misses meta tags, lyrics, and album artwork. The programs built in feature Auto-Tag from the web fetches the metadata of a selected song from the web. This feature simplifies the searching of a particular song in a mobile device or within the program. Not the only file are easy to search library looks immaculate. You can access this feature under the Tools category.
The main advantage of using MediaMonkey is an iTunes alternative. Many of Apple users get confused to operate iTunes if you want to get rid of iTunes to sync your iOS devices best alternatives is Mediamonkey. Simply connect your device and program will automatically detect your device. It supports almost all Android smartphones, tablets, Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod’s. It takes only a few minutes to sync your music library to your iOS device.
MediaMonkey is available in two versions Free and Gold. Fortunately, the free version is not a trial program; it is unlimited. Gold version supports more features like Multiple Media Collections, Bit-perfect rips via the accurate rip database, Auto-Conversion and Leveling, Advanced AutoPlaylists and much more.
- Movie / Music Manager (for Rock, Classical, Audiobooks, Movies, TV, etc.)
- Audio/Video Player & (MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA, FLAC, AVI, MP4, WMV etc.)
- Auto-DJ & secure jukebox mode for parties
- Podcatcher & media downloader
- CD Ripper & Audio/Video Converter: Encode MP3, OGG, FLAC, AVI, etc.
- File Monitor (automatically updates library)
- Auto-Renamer / File Organizer
- Auto Tag Editor with Album Art & Lyrics Lookup Star
- Find Duplicate Tracks and Missing Tags
- Playlist Manager (auto music mixes)
- Sync and backup iPod, iPhone, iPad, Android devices and others Star
- Share media with TVs, DVD Players and other UPnP / dlna Android
- Integrated CD/DVD/BD Burner (Audio & Data)
Mediamonkey is arguably a worthwhile music manager. Some music managers only have some features, after installing you need to struggle with adding plugins and customizing the program. This program comes with all major features built in; it’s a truly worthy music manager, there’s no doubt about that.