"An automatic MP3 renamer and tagger."
AudioGrail (formerly known as K-MP3) is a fully-featured audio manager that will make your life easier when it comes to organizing and tagging your audio files. It has all sorts of cool functions; it can rename and tag your files automatically, find duplicate ones that eat up disk space, create playlists, analyze audio quality and give you full power over your music collection. It is also available in more than 30 languages.
If you follow the instructions step-by-step, you will have no problem throughout the whole installation process, although it is quite long and painful. At any rate, you must know that the full setup build of AudioGrail is bundled with a sponsored software called “Relevant Knowledge”, which basically monitors all your internet activity and sends information anonymously over the internet for market research purposes. If you don’t want to install this software you can grab the Lite version of AudioGrail which doesn’t include Relevant Knowledge. It is also quite possible that your antivirus might go off if you decide to install RK.
In one of the steps, you will be asked to choose installation type. You can perform a Quick Installation, which keeps all default settings, plus installs DealBuildlog Toolbar, sets it as the default search and homepage, enables tab search and fixes “Page Not Found” errors, or you can do a Custom Installation and exclude any of the above features. A few steps afterwards you will be prompted to install Babylon Toolbar, as well as make Babylon search your default homepage and search engine. Unfortunately this isn’t the last step, as in the next one you will be asked if you want to install Complitly Addon for quicker search and set searchcompletion.com as the default homepage and search.
All versions of Windows support AudioGrail.
The program’s interface is pretty much outdated, but is very elegant and not confusing at all. The main window is split into two boxes, the Selection box and the Tools box. In the first one you can perform a folder scan for audio files or add individual files to the list yourself. In the Selection box you can also view statistics about your audio files. The second box is where all the tools are located. Simply double click on one, and the appropriate window will open.
It is so simple that anyone can use it, regardless of experience. Just the files you want to manage to the file list, and then select the tool you want to use. There are different kinds of tools, including a tag editor that can automatically tag files, a jukebox, a quality analyzer, a playlist maker, a USB to PC tool for transferring files from USB storage devices to your computer, a duplicate file finder, a CD burner, a cleaner, an organizer and others.
In addition, it is highly configurable and translated into many languages: Albanian, Arabic (Tunisian and Jordan), Belarusian, Bulgarian, Chinese (Taiwan region), Czech, Danish, Dutch (Netherlands), English (United States), Finish, French, German, Hebrew, Magyar, Italian, Korean, Malay (Malaysian), Norwegian (Bokmal), Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Standard), Romanian, Russian, Srpski (Latin), Slovenian, Spanish (Modern Sort), Spanish (Argentina), Swedish, Turkish and Ukranian.
It could use some improvement in the area of graphics and the whole interface in general, in order to become more modern. Currently it has the old classics Windows style, which is pretty much ancient now.
Furthermore, it comes bundled with too many software throughout the installation process.
Many alternatives are available in the internet, waiting for you to check them out. The ones that stand out are Helium Music Manager (paid), iTunes (free), MediaMonkey (paid) and Media Jukebox (free). Although Helium Music Manager and MediaMonkey are not free, they are probably the best two music managers at the moment.
With advanced features that could be helpful even to professionals, AudioGrail has more than what meets the eye. Hopefully, future version will include less third-party software. Give it a shot and see if it meets your needs but don't forget to check on the alternatives as well.
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