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Top 10 Free Programs to make the most out of your MP3 Collection

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Ok, you’ve got loads of music on your computer – but is that all cluttered, unorganized, unmanaged and simply not easy to access? May be you need to do something. Literally hundreds of free software let you play, organize, burn and do lots more with your digital MP3 music collection. Have a well tagged, sortable music collection that you can be proud of!

Here comes a carefully chosen list of free programs that might help you squeeze the best out of your MP3 collection.

Part I – Audio Players


The default audio player software on your Windows is probably not enough, when it comes to extensive features and customizability. Here’s a pick of the best media players that can let you sort through and efficiently play most audio formats on your Windows computer:

VLC Player – It’s more light on resources that you would imagine. VLC is a very versatile player – throw any odd format, and it plays them for you instantly (FLV included).

Winamp – Winamp has its own fans, it’s customizable to a large extent and can come as a great saver. If you listen to music every other day, you need to have Winamp installed. A similar player is Jet Audio.

Songbird – A feature rich application that has great looks, go for it if your Windows computer has got some memory to spare, it’s reviewed here. You can customize it by adding extensions (similar to Firefox).

Part II – Organizers/Taggers/Jukeboxes


Jukeboxes are music software that come with amazing capabilities. Go for them if you have huge music collections scattered all around – not just in your computer, but also in audio CDs.

Media Monkey – The best piece of software out there that you’ll love using. Tag editor, format converter, CD recording, iPod support, you name it – it’s got all the tools that squeeze the best from your tracks.

J River Media Jukebox – Very pretty, has good features. And might serve as a good jukebox.

>> I missed out Foobar, thanks for the heads up Ashwin!

MP3 Tagger – The best ID3 tagger out there in the market, that’s free as well.

Magic MP3 Tagger – Update: Oops, sorry guys this is not freeware.

Part III- Rippers, Converters


Audio Grabber – Fantastic audio ripping software, with FreeDB tagging support included. Another similar ripper is FreeRip. Another one a few commenters have mentioned is Exact Audio Copy

Part IV – Audio Editors


Trust me, as far as I know, there’s no free editor as much capable as the professional ones out there. But still if you’d like to do some basic recording and effects, you could try these:

Audacity – Open Source, and is very light weight.

Wavosaur – Comes with no installer, and is a single exe file that does the job. Supports WAV format

Part V – Other – A social networking site for audiophiles out there. Listen, get interesting tracks based on what you’ve played, and add friends! More such music sites here.

Tunatic – A song is playing on your head, but you just can’t get it’s title right? Then download this, install, hum the song through your mic and let Tunatic locate info on the song for you! Quite cool for show off as well 😉

Audio Files GDS Indexer – Google Desktop Plugin – Install this one if you have got Google Desktop installed. Adds a bunch of functionality to the Desktop Spider to make it more friendlier towards Audio files.

That’s it. What else do you know? Share with us in the comments.

Written by Killer Tech Tips

February 18th, 2008 at 5:35 am

Posted in software tools

  • Echo

    What Winamp skin is that? :O I need it!

  • Nirmal

    Nice post, Winamp and VLC player sis my all time fav. Dugg.

  • Andrew

    Cdex! A great ripping program — clean, simple, effective.

    And Exact Audio Copy for ripping scratched and dented disks. It’s not as simple as others, but nothing else can recover music from a damaged disk the way this can.

  • Shankar Ganesh

    @Echo: That’s ‘Bento’, the default skin in the latest Winamp Version.
    @Nirmal: Thank You. VLC is my all time favourite.
    @Andrew: Thanks for the info. I’ll update the post later with those programs. Thanks for sharing.

  • Manoj

    Any media player that actually plays all audio formats, including Real Media files?

  • Shankar Ganesh

    @Manoj: VLC should, incase it doesn’t get the ‘Real Alternative’ Player.

  • Mark

    iTunes doesn’t even rank a mention?

  • Joel

    VLC is great as its not just a media player….Its just more than that….and that too open source…it just rules…But maybe they should work on the interface to kill all the other applications…

  • mike

    i really love Eaxact Audio Copy, definitely should be on the list. good list though, found a few programs that I could use.

  • Shankar Ganesh

    @Mark: Yes, I haven’t included it here because it’s only too slow and takes ages to start up (I’m talking about the Windows version)
    @Joel: Yeah it’s good, but we do have skins to style the interface, isn’t it 😉
    @Mike: Sure, I’ll include it.
    @BullDozer: Thanks for sharing.

  • Ashwin

    Great article. :) Why is there no Part IV?

    By the way, 3 things about VLC:
    1. It’s NOT light on resource (non issue if you have a fast PC).
    2. It CAN’T play Real Media files.
    3. It’s a Video media player basically, but you can play audio as well. Music management is not there.

    Surprised not to see iTunes. How are you going to manage your iPod without iTunes (sure you can but….)? Yeah iTunes in Windows is not the same as iTunes in a Mac (more features, OS X integration and slicker).

    Another surprise is Foobar2000! That was one of the program I missed when I switched from Windows. It plays almost all the audio formats and very light on the resource.

  • Alastair

    You missed out XMPlay as a media player!

    It’s very lightweight, can load WinAMP DSP plugins, supports shoutcast, and has plugins for just about everything under the sun (MP3, FLAC, OGG, dozens of obscure tracker formats, can even play audio formats from game rips like the Sony Playstation, and can load media straight out of many types of archive (ZIP, RAR, CAB, ARJ, LHA, you name it – there’s a plugin).

  • Ian Wood

    WinAMP? That’s from… like… the 1980’s… like.

    Oh and EAC is mandatory and 10x better than any other audio ripper, nuff said.

  • eric

    You do know that iTunes is free right? Seems silly not to put it on your “list”.

  • Shankar Ganesh

    @Alastair: My bad, I’ve never heard of it. Thanks for sharing.
    @Ian: LOL, Winamp is still not that bad, a lot of people use it.
    @Yoshman: I have used it before, but I couldn’t remember from where I got it when I wrote the post. Included. Thank you.
    @Eric: Yep, I know it’s free. But these tools are much more popular than iTunes, and I wanted the list to be minimal. That’s why I didn’t include it.

  • Shankar Ganesh

    @Simon: Personal opinions vary. Thanks for the add on the tagging side.

  • Daryl

    What?? No mention for MusikCube?? That’s outrageous! Have been using MusikCube combined with CDArtDisplay as a replacement for Winamp for Months now and it’s far superior!

    (Although some might say it’s not as ‘pretty’ as others – but then I don’t want to spend a long time looking at it I just want to listen to music!)

  • 4ALL2ALL

    A great article. Thanks for sharing.

  • Neon

    If you use the WinAmp Media Library you can pretty much organise, tag and manage your files inside WinAmp. Plus the newer version has iPod support built in, so you can even tinker with your media player at the same time! :)

  • Bruce

    It’ a wonderful info and I will review what I’ve got. Your review is fair enough. Thanks.

  • Tom

    Where’s iTunes?

  • nicalex

    iTunes sucks ass, it makes good audio files sound bad! And only sounds perceptually better because it’s louder than other players, and we as humans think louder is better. To do this added loudness, it has some form of digital amplification within the last 1/3 or 1/4 of the volume bar, that adds around 10dB of gain when set to maximum.

    To put this in persepective, when you do this in the analogue domain, add 10db or so of gain, it’s fine, as amps (solid state and tube) have this kind of head room for sharp transients and such, and when they do distort it sounds kinda nice, even harmonics, etc… But in the digital domain when you hit 0dBFS (0dB Full Scale), you can’t go any further, and if you try to, you only end up getting the worst kind of distortion in the world, clipping, nasty nasty digital clipping, ugh and thats what all sound engineers try to avoid, and what you should aswell!

    As far as sounding good and features, i’d go with winamp without a shadow of a doubt.

  • Dagonet

    For Tagging I’d recommend Musicbrainz.

  • brandon

    for a lightweight mp3 player i highly recommend Billy

  • RobinC

    Media Monkey is the killer media player for sure, but you forgot MusicBrainz Picard for tagging, thats easily the best on the market, and Songbird (my old favourite) is still VERY beta, i got tired of it crashing 10 times a day.

  • Bruce

    UberView is a very small app for browsing your collection, really simple and useful

  • unruled

    CDex is a great free cd ripper btw. been using it for like, 10 yrs.

  • max – witze blog

    very useful mp3 software-collection!

  • Tomer

    Oh man. You got it totally wrong.
    It’s foobar for playing and managing your library.
    It’s Tag&Rename for (obviously) tagging and renaming your new music before you add it to your library, and it’s MediaCoder for encoding and converting your audio (or video).

  • ReK_

    Just reading the comments and someone mentioned iTunes because you need it for iPods, and implied that it’s hard to manage your iPod otherwise.

    This is a GPL program that runs on Linux, Windows and Mac. The best part is it can sit on your iPod itself (read: no installation, simply plug into ANY comp that has a USB port),

  • Hummer

    I was excited when you told me about Tunatic, but after visiting the site, it specifically states you *cannot* simply hum or sing the song, it has to be the actual recorded music. Doh !

    Great list though.. I’d love to see a similar one for linux software.

  • davidnottingham

    Just wait until Amarok ports to windows. This list will be down from 10 to just 3, Amarok, and the two audio editors.

  • DavidGPreston

    I like Mediamonkey but found it monkeyed up my media settings for recording purposes so had to get rid, vlc is a darling and winamp not bad though a little pokey and not the friendliest on CPU.

    Nice post.

  • Jorge

    Second on the EAC man. EAC is all I use to rip.

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  • Jizzle

    I’ve spent years looking for a good free audio editor, and so far my favorite is magix music maker, the free trial version. Its pretty good, but not as good as if you dish out $70 for sony acid.

  • tom

    Can someone sell mediamonkey and foobar to me? I’ve always found them a bit complex. Itunes is nice and easy and you can get it to play oggs if you tinker with it a little.

    DBPowerAMP has always been a great ripper for me and good for converting files (but slow – does anyone know a quick one).

    For tagging I use TagScanner and it seems to work well. MusicBrainz picard scares the crap outta me as it seems to override your own preferences.

  • fux

    you forgot, a newer music site than that i enjoy better, has a better GUI and usability.

    however i dont think it has quite the same social networking as, but could give a fuck about that. I want to listen to music, not talk about it with strangers.

    SUPER as mentioned before, is the end all for converting any video/audio formats into any other format, and is completely free. Check that out if you deal with weird formats.

    To the faggots BAWWWWWWWing about itunes:
    itunes sucks. its better than windows media player, that’s for sure, but it doesn’t belong on this list. Cry more.

  • anthony

    I’m glad you left iTunes out.

    There are so many nice alternate players coming out. I’m using Winamp 5.5 mostly at present. iTunes is great for those with fairly basic music playing needs and those with iPods.

    If you need more powerful features, especially for keeping large shared libraries and tweaking sound, iTunes just doesn’t cut it. For example, trying to load a 25,000 file library locks up iTunes for a few minutes while it loads (between two Core Duo PCs on a Gigabit network). Ugh.

  • urmom


    i can’t believe you didn’t add media player classic!!!!!!!111!!!!!!11111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@@@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    it is by FAR the best music player on the planet.

  • B

    What about foobar ?!

  • Peter

    Player: Foobar2k (the most customizable player ever made)
    Tagger: Musicbrainz Picard and MP3tag
    quit edits: Audacity
    Ripping and converting: an older copy of DBpowerAMP if you can find it (A copy with LAME for free, not the crap thats out now)

  • Jma

    Good Yaar. I liked it.

  • Syahid A.

    I love MediaMonkey. The way it levels up a song volume deserves some praise.

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  • evillawngnome

    I can’t believe you pick audiograbber over EAC. EAC is the audiophiles choice, and if set up properly, will produce bit for bit copies of the audio data on a CD.

  • lefty.crupps

    Why all these Windows programs? :(

    Top 5:
    Amarok – juk box, ipodder, id3 tagger, integration, more! Best player EVER.
    KAudioCreator – cd ripper
    KID3 – ID3 tagger
    VLC – yeah ok
    Audacity – ok

  • TechPavan

    Hey, I should mention u one important mp3 convertor, dB Power Amp, for a high speed convertion. I don’t know abt newer versions, but I use the version 10… its very gud to convert d dnldd 320kbps into my favorite n handy 96kbps…

    Do u know any music convertor from .ram to .mp3.. plz tel me…better mail me or new post.. u hav not provided option to subscribe for post comments/ replies….

  • Fabien

    My fave tagger is Dr.Tag… it’s latest version is quite old now, but it works very well (and it’s not free)

  • Daniel

    Might want to add CDex to the rippers. Rips into various MP3 formats and supports FLAC. Its open source and has tagging.

  • EAB

    MediaMonkey is good, but if you’re looking to tag songs without any information at all, then Musicbrainz’s Picard Tagger is the only real solution that I’ve found so far. It actually scans the song and compares the results to an online database of songs to find a match.

  • Chris

    “Trust me, as far as I know, there’s no free editor as much capable as the professional ones out there.”
    It may not be the best, but it’s at least better than ProTools.

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  • Brent

    What about doubleTwist?

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  • DavidE

    Media Monkey is very nice, but the organizer aspect needs work. If you have files with long names, it doesn’t do automatic renaming very well. If anyone knows of a better organizer, I’d love to hear about it.

  • Missy

    check out super mp3 recorder, it’s a recorder, editor and player. great for podcasting development, nice to set up automatic recordings of games, npr, et. al.

  • James allen

    OK….I’ll be the black sheep of the family here. I still find Windows Media Player as my go to program. I’ve tried a lot of others and they all seem to be more trouble than they are worth. WMP along with MP3tag works just the way I want it.

  • aworthyeffort

    As free audio editors go, I can’t think of a better program than Reaper. It kicks Audacity’s butt.

  • Dave Nofmeister

    Very cool! I particularly like that Rippers and Converters. This is much better than trial and error on your own!

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  • Dave

    uh..where’s ITunes??

  • Dude

    wtf, foobar2000 can do all those functions, most of them without a plugin. and it’s the best at doing all of them

  • Ben

    You only added foobar to Organizers/Taggers/Jukeboxes. foobar should be #1 on on Part 1 (Audio Players).

  • oscar

    …i love winamp , i used to use foobar, but something in winamp, made me go back to him

  • Apollyon

    Foobar2k is the best quality program for audio by far (winamp does not have a chance). And if we talk about lossless compression FLAC also bests anything else.
    Please correct your list!

  • Adam

    Yea, that new winamp skin is real hot. That’s actually the one I use on my old 2.79 version. It’s really light weight compared to the new versions. I had no idea that its the new default skin for the current version.

  • Parker

    I agree with Apollyon, Foobar2k is the best quality audio program out there. With the ability to play from archived files, FLAC support, and 100% customization, how can the other players compete.

    And as for Ripping CDs and such, what about Exact Audio Copy?

  • Foobar FTW

    iTunes? Are you people kidding me? Why not just add Windows Media Player as well and make the list completely meaningless. This was to be a “carefully chosen” list, not a list of “every subpar audio program everyone already knows about.”

  • Peach1200

    Part III- Rippers, Converters

    …you missed CDex!!

  • Seb

    To everyone bitching about iTunes, the title of the article is “Top 10 Free Programs to make the most out of your MP3 Collection”. This isn’t an audiophiles-only zone. For the average PC or Mac user – and let’s face it, most will have an iPod – iTunes does a great job, it’s quick enough and is incredibly easy to use. And it’s free. Plus I subscribe to numerous podcasts through it which, correct me if I’m wrong, Foobar2K can’t do.

    For ripping tracks I go with EAC and LAME.

  • howie

    this is brilliant, i suppose now im content with myself that i use the bulk of this software!

  • Tristan

    Gonna have to add my vote for CdEX in the Rippers section… four commenters above me have links, or just google it.

  • egg bone

    Anyone know an easy to use, possible free program that can transfer my reel to reel musi to digital theought my pc?

  • Foobar FTW

    @Seb – I understand that iTunes–bloated as it is–is really all the average user needs. That doesn’t make it good. Whether the average user finds it acceptable or not is a pretty low bar for judging software, and I could come up with a litany of complaints for iTunes simply based on regular, average use. The bottom line is that only the most pointless of lists would tell people about software they already know about. If people who love iTunes read this list and complain because they don’t see what they like, I believe they have missed the point: how to do it better if you feel like giving it more than half a second of thought.

  • bambleweeny57

    Someone mentioned this above already but The Godfather is simply astonishing for MP3 tagging/renaming.

    It thoroughly deserves the top spot on the list above,… shame that it got no mention at all!

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  • the truth

    foobar2000 ftw

  • Tom Buckner

    Buzzmachines doesn’t fit in this subject. It’s a kind of software synth for musicians, no use at all for herding your MP3’s about. I tried it. The demo songs sounded as good as Reason, but it was TOOO HARD TO USE! I don’t know how anyone gets a sound out of it. If it had MIDI recording and decent notation, Buzz would rule.

    Ardour, I’ve heard, is great stuff. However, you need Linux or Apple to use it. I don’t have a computer with either of those types of OS. If you were starting from scratch, you could get Ubuntu Studio, a Linux distro bundled with Ardour, Jack, and much besides.

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  • kambikutta

    Does anybody know any mp3 tagging software for linux. I use Amarok as my music player on my Ubuntu machine. Haven’t seen any mp3 tagging plugins on Amarok. Can somebody suggest.

  • DarkWolf

    *clap* I’m elated to see a list like this without iTunes on it. I think the few people that have mentioned iTunes have forgot a few things:

    1. Not everybody with an MP3 Player, or even every music enthusiast, has an iPod or even wants one. I prefer the Creative Zen.

    2. Songbird can manage an iPod just as well as iTunes can.

    3. iTunes takes up more memory than anything should.

  • Alex

    You list a lot of Apps.

    iTunes fits in every single category you list, especially other where you can buy music legally, discover new artists, read reviews, listen to streaming radio stations, sample songs before buying, etc.

    Really you need two or three of anything else mentioned to even cover the features, let alone the ease of use.

  • L K

    Quite simply You are mistaken there is a FREE High Quality Audio Editor aout there its ARDOUR, but it runs on LINUX

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  • axl

    iTunes does alot of the stuff mentioned and is the best music app I ever tested. All other is just nerdstuff.

  • anglictina

    nice set, thankx

  • Seb

    @FoobarFTW – I’m pro iTunes because I acquired my first iPod 2 weeks ago (gift). Until then I was very anti-iPod/iTunes. I’d find lists like this and try everything out, constantly tweaking my setup and never quite happy. I pretty much settled on EAC+LAME, mp3tag, mp3gain and VLC to manage my music but now… F that. I can’t believe how easy iTunes makes everything and compared to separate apps or real bloatware (Songbird), it’s great. It’s an app that does everything well; in that sense it’s the top of its class (WMP, Songbird, etc).

    My point being maybe it should be on a list like this. If it was I might have tried it sooner. :)

  • sam

    Or just use Itunes, its free and it replaces all but and the audio editors. =D

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  • handchop

    Re taggers:Have you looked at Picard, this uses Musicbrainz but is free and much better than Mp3 Tagger. Alternatively Jaikoz ( is very good at fixing your data including album art and gives you more control than Picard. Its not free but they donate some of the money to musicbrainz

  • FrankZA

    I would not use VLC to play music, I quite like it and also KMPlayer – which handles unrivaled number of formats for a free player (check out Wikipedia’s media player comparison) – and GOM Player. All three are awesome.

    Two MP3 apps I cannot live without that have been left out (besides iTunes or Amarok if you’re on linux) are MP3Gain and mp3DirectCut.

    MP3Gain is the best software available that allows you to normalize the volume of your mp3s. It is far better than the built in normalizers that some players (such as iTunes) include. Furthermore, it is easy to use and allows you to change the volume back to the original if you so wish. The volume change does not affect the quality of your mp3 and may in fact enhance it if clipping occurs.

    mp3DirectCut is a fantastic program that allows you to edit an mp3 file without having to uncompress and recompress it. I used it to remove those annoying “chatty” parts of some songs, where someone is talking before/after the song has completed.

    The bonus is, all these programs are free.

    Shankar Ganesh, I seriously suggest you add these to the list.

  • Norumu

    I’d like to give a thumbs up for Winamp. I’ve been using it for years, and it’s never let me down. A particular favorite is the ability to output to an MP3 writer instead of speakers, thus being able to rip any song Winamp can play (CDs, iTunes, iPod, any other DRM sort of thing, other audio files), with necessary input plugins for any odd format out there.
    I saved my sister a trip for a CD she made for our grandfather, but forgot at home, a few states away. I was able to plug in her iPod, and just play the music to the MP3 encoder with Winamp. Got all her files, and burned her CD no problem. 😀

    Winamp is love. Has some sexy skins too.

  • Jeff

    This post needs…
    1. Musicbrainz
    2. G-Force
    3. VolumeLogic plugin (but it’s discountinued =\)
    4. Mention of Amarok as it is hand down the best player out there, but sadly currenly only for Linux

  • Bill Vincent

    Surprised at all the complaining about not seeing iTunes. iTunes is a horrible resource hog, installs hidden apps, and has tons of features most of you will never use, while at the same time, does not have features that you have no idea you’re missing, but should. As is usual from Apple, they’re all about presentation, to hell with function and engineering. But, with people who don’t know any better, that’s what it takes to grab market share. Doesn’t matter if it sucks, if you can convince them it DOESN’T suck….you win. Marketing genius, engineering FAIL. :)

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  • cgpandey

    nice article…….thx 4 guiding us.

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  • Mark S.

    Thanks a lot. I very much appreciate the work.

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  • Sami

    Thanks for the info ! I use wavepad for basic audio editing !

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  • Pipo

    Billy changed my audio experience since Winamp.

    I became so curious of audio output qualities between popular audio players after going around VirtualDJ Pro– VDJ isnt free i know — but it has become a standard for comparing free audio players against out there. —

    I was amazed on how VDJ put out the snare drum — it’s like live! i tried out an audio between it and winamp, but to no avail — i could hardly get the right settings in winamp to offer me the right snare VDJ puts out.

    I found Billy along this forum — And sick man! it’s so far the best snare renderers i’ve encountered (almost 90% of vdj’s). great sound Q at all frequencies. — And it’s not as fancy as winamp — but it’s got all you need for a plain listener. 😉

  • Trilby.

    Seriously, people still use winamp over iTunes? I remember when I fist made the switch from winamp, there are litterally no advantages to using winamp over iTunes, infact, if anyone can think of a single reason to use winamp over iTunes they should let me know by either leaving a comment on the blog on my website, or e-mail me at janitorjo@live. Com
    And no one say “winamp is skinnable n00b” or “less resource-intensive” because who seriouly gives two shits in a feeding troph about making their audio-player look pretty? The fact is that iTunes has a much more mature and efficient feel to it, hell, half of the programs in the above top ten are covered by iTunes anyway.

    — Trilby


  • Ryan

    I just tried the Exact Audio Copy (EAC) V0.99 prebeta 5 for RIPPING my cd’s. I’m running Vista 64-bit with newest everything hardware. I’m kind of shocked it will NOT allow me to RIP in MP3 format. I’ve tried everything to get it to work. It only converts to WAV, even when I click the MP3 button to rip. I’m at a loss to why this is happening. If anyone has info, let me know. The developer is not helpful. Thanks.

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  • wolverine

    Nice list man!! I’m happy to see winamp still rules, I quitted using it but I’m thinking to go back to it…iTunes sucks…is not only slow but it makes a mess with your library and practically does whatever it wants and leaves almost nothing to your free will…and finally, I think that even as a tribute Musicmatch Jukebox should b mentioned…god I miss MMJB, it was the best.

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  • Bosterict

    I just want to LISTEN to music. Not spend hours tweaking it. iTunes: There is no substitute

  • mc

    Really no itunes? Come on. While I agree on most of what you’ve mention, I think itunes should still be in it. Even if it sucks 😀 Anyway thanks for the article, I’ve to try that one MediaMonkey.

    Need converter for your music files?

  • Mrmusicman

    Come on folks, iTunes sucks! I can’t stand it! Please, folks, organize your music the file/folder way and don’t let Apple control your life! Winamp, Aimp2, CDex w/lame for ripping, and Zortam for tagging…and MusicBrainzPicard seems like a good audio listen-to-tagger.

  • Tanayveer007

    XMplay anyone?? o.O

  • WinAmp – RAR/Zip player

    Some of us have got ‘000s of RAR albums – WinAmp has a great PlugIn that means I can play RAR archives directly – without the kerfuffle of having to extract files from the archives 1st. For P2P ‘heads’ it is the nuts.

  • Leiqiong17

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  • Propunker1

    i need to transfer my music from my desktop to my laptop. how do i do it or what program do i need? i downloaded media monkey and tried to transfer that way and i cant figure it out?. could someone guide me maybe in the right direction please.

  • Thebatusi

    My software of choice is Zune for playing my music, photos and videos.  Free!  Limited features, does a great job in keeping files organized, automatically will go out and update tag info (i use MP3Tag to manually do this), but the coolest features are “Smart DJ” and it will show you artist information and album info in a cool full screen presentation during playback. 

    BTW I cant stand I-Tunes…  Zune does not install anything other than the player and doesn’t take over the system.  I-Tunes reminds me of the good ole AOL days.  Where it took over everything AND was impossible to remove.  I have converted a LOT of I-Tune folks to Zune software! 

  • Oleg

    Here is another one free sound editor

  • John

    you.. talk.. shit. apple fan boy. you obviously know shit all

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