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What are the alternatives to I-tunes as a music organizer?

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What are the alternatives to I-tunes as a music organizer?

chimbo77
I have never been keen on i-tunes as a music organize, but have been unable to find alternatives to it? Does anyone know of any alternatives and what are their advantages and disadvantages as compared to i-tunes?
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    Slayer_

    Maybe I am old fashioned, but I use folders to store my music and sort it by artist...

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    jimw

    I am in the process of transferring all my CDs (600) and LPs (300) to my computer and I am using I-tunes, simply so that I can use an I-Pod Classic (160 GB) as a backup. I use playlists as an index, collecting classical material by composer, pop material by performer and compilations. As there are a lot of playlists, I prefix all of the names with a Z, followed by C for classical, P for pop and M for compilations (i.e. mix) so that they are sorted to the end of the list. Preference playlists do not have the Z so they are at the top of the list and easy to find.
    There is a risk here in that I-tunes upgrades can sometimes archive your entire collection automatically. Finding and matching the right files can be very difficult and I really resent having to re-enter a lot of stuff. Fortunately, I have found a really good bit of software called PodToPC, which will restore your list from the i-pod.
    I hope this is helpful.

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    completeitpro

    I've been using Winamp for years. It lets you search and I find it has better organisation and playback functionality than iTunes.

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    TheArtOfChill

    Media Monkey is an absolute must. Allows you to add other people's music library, consolidate them into one library, copy and paste tunes to different areas of your computer by using a Windows Explorer view. You can rename tunes, add artwork, then simply copy and paste them straight into the "Automatically Add to iTunes" folder.

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    oldbaritone

    getsongbird.com

    Free. Many plug-ins, even one for your iPod! It will "peacefully coexist" with iTunes too.

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    jfrankl1

    Media Monkey is the fav, and both are free.

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    dl_wraith

    Sony did a great music library/player for use with its miniDisc and earlier HDD media players. It was called SonicStage.

    hahahahahahah! No. Really, it was awful. I'm just pulling your leg. I was so glad when Sony saw the light and stopped 'doing an Apple' by tying their players to their own media manager.

    I stopped by to say, what's wrong with Windows media Player? Sure, it doesn't have the power of Winamp, or the sharing capabilities of MediaMonkey but similarly it isn't as annoying as iTunes and has all the basic functionality you need to start (ripping, burning, organising, playback, visualisations, playlists, compatibility with most media players).

    Or am I joking again? Who knows? :)

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    cezygrizzly

    You could take a look at NeatMP3. It seems like a solid music organizer. It did the job well for me.

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    If the OP hasn't gotten their music organized after a year and a half, then it would be a safe bet to say they weren't going to...leave the zombies alone.
    Wizard57M
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    Slayer_

    Maybe I am old fashioned, but I use folders to store my music and sort it by artist...

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    jimw

    I am in the process of transferring all my CDs (600) and LPs (300) to my computer and I am using I-tunes, simply so that I can use an I-Pod Classic (160 GB) as a backup. I use playlists as an index, collecting classical material by composer, pop material by performer and compilations. As there are a lot of playlists, I prefix all of the names with a Z, followed by C for classical, P for pop and M for compilations (i.e. mix) so that they are sorted to the end of the list. Preference playlists do not have the Z so they are at the top of the list and easy to find.
    There is a risk here in that I-tunes upgrades can sometimes archive your entire collection automatically. Finding and matching the right files can be very difficult and I really resent having to re-enter a lot of stuff. Fortunately, I have found a really good bit of software called PodToPC, which will restore your list from the i-pod.
    I hope this is helpful.

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    completeitpro

    I've been using Winamp for years. It lets you search and I find it has better organisation and playback functionality than iTunes.

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    TheArtOfChill

    Media Monkey is an absolute must. Allows you to add other people's music library, consolidate them into one library, copy and paste tunes to different areas of your computer by using a Windows Explorer view. You can rename tunes, add artwork, then simply copy and paste them straight into the "Automatically Add to iTunes" folder.

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    oldbaritone

    getsongbird.com

    Free. Many plug-ins, even one for your iPod! It will "peacefully coexist" with iTunes too.

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    jfrankl1

    Media Monkey is the fav, and both are free.

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    dl_wraith

    Sony did a great music library/player for use with its miniDisc and earlier HDD media players. It was called SonicStage.

    hahahahahahah! No. Really, it was awful. I'm just pulling your leg. I was so glad when Sony saw the light and stopped 'doing an Apple' by tying their players to their own media manager.

    I stopped by to say, what's wrong with Windows media Player? Sure, it doesn't have the power of Winamp, or the sharing capabilities of MediaMonkey but similarly it isn't as annoying as iTunes and has all the basic functionality you need to start (ripping, burning, organising, playback, visualisations, playlists, compatibility with most media players).

    Or am I joking again? Who knows? :)

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    cezygrizzly

    You could take a look at NeatMP3. It seems like a solid music organizer. It did the job well for me.

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    If the OP hasn't gotten their music organized after a year and a half, then it would be a safe bet to say they weren't going to...leave the zombies alone.
    Wizard57M
    TR Moderator