Play, organize and rip your audio collection with foobar2000

Play, organize and rip your audio collection with this must have Windows application.

Foobar-2000-iconIf you’re like me, music is a big part of your life. Finding the right tool to play it where you want, when you want without having a bunch of junk installed on your computer is important. This is one of the biggest reasons why I like foobar2000. It’s a music player for Windows, and it supports a portable mode.

Foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats including MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, and AIFF.

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The app is easily customizable with a custom interface. It contains support for advanced music file tagging and supports gapless playback. The app will also rip audio CD’s and convert the files to your format of choice.

foobar2000 is a really nice music player. Its portable, meaning you can specify why it and all of its configuration file go. When installed in this mode, it can be moved to a USB stick and taken and used on another computer. This is especially helpful if you can’t or don’t want to install something on a shared PC.

The app is nice, but it doesn’t sync with any mobile device like an Android phone or Apple iDevice. Without this type of feature, the app is very outmoded and so very, very 1997. While its portable mode is nice, and some of its visualizations are cool, it seems very much a relic of the past. Nearly every PC sold today comes with some kind of music player. Both Windows Media Player and iTunes are free; and while foobar2000 is as well, they also sync’s with portable music players where foobar2000 does not.

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Leawo Tunes Cleaner

Leawo Tunes CleanerOrganize and clean up your iTunes library with this important Windows utility.

Windows or Mac, I love iTunes. I love iTunes mainly because I love my iPhone, but that’s a totally different conversation. What makes it the entire relationship work is iTunes. However, when you’re iTunes library is messed up, life on your iDevice can be difficult. That’s where Leawo Tunes Cleaner comes in handy. It’s an iTunes library utility for Windows.

With Leawo Tunes Cleaner, you can clean and organize your iTunes music library. You can also use it to clean and organize ANY set of music folders, which will improve the efficiency of iTunes (or your other music app of choice). With Leawo Tunes Cleaner, you can locate and download missing album artwork. You can scan for and delete duplicate music files; and you can edit and repair music information with just a few, smart clicks of your mouse.

One of the biggest chores in organizing any music library is editing music tags for all of your songs. Leawo Tunes Cleaner can help you add missing information to your library with as few as a single mouse click.

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Leawo Tunes Cleaner is super easy to use. While it did have problems with my Mac based iTunes Library files, this IS after all, a Windows app. When dealing with simply the songs in question however, the app was stellar. It was able to correctly identify the songs in question, and then see that they were, for example, missing art work. Leawo Tunes Cleaner identified the appropriate artwork and then pulled it down. However, when I tried to apply the changes to the song files, the app refused to do so until I purchased a license. So, you get a trial, but you don’t get to save any of the changes.

 

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Download and listen to your kind of music with SoundFrost

Icon-SoundFrostOver the past 15 or so years, the face of the music industry has dramatically changed. MP3 files, digital music players, peer to peer sharing networks and copyright infringement lawsuits filed by the RIAA were unknown words, items and happenings until the iPod hit the streets and remade the music industry. The same thing is happening today with applications like Pandora, Spotify and the new, iTunes Radio.  However, if indie music is more to your  less than mainstream tastes then you need to take a long hard look at SoundFrost. It’s a music searching and playback tool for Windows.

SoundFrost helps provide users with free access to music. SoundFrost searches, provides for online playback as well as download of music on PC.  The app supports nine different audio formats – MP3, WAV, FLAC, OGG, WMA, AAC, AIFF, AU, and AC3. Support for these many different formats enables you to play SoundFrost discovered music on all types of media devices: pc, laptop, tablet pc, smartphone, mobile phone, as well as your portable media player.

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SoundFrost gives users to over 10 million songs from a number of different genres and styles.  On top of that SoundFrost offers high-speed download of music files with no quality loss. The app gives users the ability to create a playlist, drag and drop songs, provides for random playback, repeat of playlist or songs and provides for a great experience. The app will also convert YouTube videos to 18 different media formats.

SoundFrost tries a great deal to look like iTunes but doesn’t come close to iTunes at all. The app is an OK music search and playback tool, but not great.  The worst part of SoundFrost is its install routine, which wants to install 3-4 different pieces of junk-ware or add-ons that most users won’t want.  You’ll have to pay close attention to what the install routine wants to do in order to insure that none of it gets installed if all you want is SoundFrost and nothing more.

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Apple release iTunes 10.4 For Mac & Windows

Apple has just released iTunes 10.4 for Mac OS X Lion, just after Mac OS X Lion reached the App Store. According to Apple, iTunes 10.4 includes support for Lion’s full-screen mode and several visual enhancements to make the program blend in better with Lion. At the same time, iTunes 10.4 provides a number of important stability and performance improvements.

“iTunes 10.4 is now designed for OS X Lion. You can now use iTunes with OS X Lion’s new Full-Screen App capability, which allows you to use iTunes and other without distractions. Navigate between your full-screen apps with a simple gesture.

iTunes is now a 64-bit Cocoa application on OS X Lion and includes a number of important stability and performance improvements. Some iTunes plug-ins may no longer be compatible with this version of iTunes. Please contact the plug-in developer for an updated plug-in compatible with iTunes 10.4.”

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