"The music manager for serious collectors"
MediaMonkey is a music manager that is an ideal tool for those passionate about music. If you are serious music collector or iPod user, MediaMonkey offers multiple features that help you catalogue your entire music collection. Many audio formats are supported. Let’s take a closer look at MediaMonkey in this quick article and find out if this music manager has what it takes to be the best in its niche.
The installation of MediaMonkey is a breeze and certainly is speedy. It is a lightweight music manager with an installation kit that is around 7 Mb in size. It doesn’t come with other programs bundled and you can run MediaMonkey on the following versions of the Windows operating system: XP, Vista x32 and x64, Win7 x32 and x64.
The interface of a music manager is very important because after all, this tool helps you manage your music collection, isn’t it? Well, MediaMonkey has one of the most pleasant interfaces for a music manager that you will ever encounter. It is basically very clean and intuitive. The sleek grey color of the interface looks very inviting as well. Playlists are easily managed as well as podcast subscriptions. The main panel gives you access to all the tracks and albums that you own. These can be classified by all sorts of criteria as artist, track name and release date. What is important is that the interface provides you access to lots of functions and it doesn’t feel cluttered and messy.
The main goal of MediaMonkey is music management, isn’t it? Well, lots of features are present here that will convince any music collector out there to catalogue their music with this tool. Auto-Rename and Auto-Tag are two functions of MediaMonkey that will easily catch your attention the first time you launch the player and scan the hard drive for music. Folders that you frequently update are handled very well by the File Monitor feature. It tracks any changes in the music libraries. Any attributes that you wish can be changed once your files are in the library and you can edit as many as you wish at the same time. Alongside MP3, the AAC, WMA, Ogg, Vorbis, APE and WAV formats are supported. Another feature worth mentioning is ‘Preview’. Using it, small samples of songs can be created to share easily. Tracks, playlists, and podcasts can be synced to portable audio devices. These include the iPhone, iPod, iPad, MP3 Phones and many other devices.
MediaMonkey has a pretty nasty habit of crashing and freezing sometimes, particularly during Net Radio streaming. Let’s hope future versions can fix this annoying bug.
Alternatives to MediaMonkey include foobar2000, iTunes, Songbird and many more. The main advantage of MediaMonkey is the fact that it is a tool that looks great, has great functionality and is freeware! Some alternatives might not be so thorough in its total package presentation and that’s where MediaMonkey rises above them.
The outstanding features of MediaMonkey say it all. You get complete control over sound quality, great music management, comprehensive file converting and a great looking interface. If you don’t mind the occasional crashing and freezing, then it is a software product that you shouldn’t miss!
Requirements: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
What's new in this version: V4.1.17 is a minor update with 10 fixes and improvements to music syncing, tagging and more, though some of the changes are quite significant.
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