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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

winamp

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

mmpanel

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

grab

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

audacity

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

Last.fm – 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

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  • Mark S.

    Thanks a lot. I very much appreciate the work.

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  • http://www.lostintechnology.com Kyle Judkins

    For Other, you should check out http://www.pandora.com.

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  • http://samicuts.wordpress.com Sami

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

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  • http://www.sheepfriends.com/?page=billy 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. ;)

  • http://Www.trilby.weebly.com 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

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  • 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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    ahh I just love WINAMP dont really use it anymore but i once did lol and still brings up memories… I might download it again :-)

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    I REALLY DO LOVE THE MEDIA MONKEY IT DOES EVERYTHING THANKS

  • 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 :D Anyway thanks for the article, I’ve to try that one MediaMonkey.

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  • 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.

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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 http://www.wave-editor.com

  • John

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

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