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MusicBee—music manager and player

Screenshot of MusicBee music organizer and player - showing a grid of album covers

Screenshot of MusicBee playing Death—Sound of Perseverence (1998).

What do you use to listen to your metal collections? Do let me know in the comments.

Until recently I’ve been using WinAmp to listen to most of the CDs on this project. But WinAmp is currently being redeveloped after a change in owner and certain features have been disabled, like the Gracenote database integration, which looks up the album track details when I rip it to MP3. So I took a week or so to evaluate the competition and I’ve settled on the lesser-known MusicBee.

As the website blurb says:

If you are looking for an application geared toward managing extensive music collections, easy to use and with a comprehensive feature set – MusicBee is that application.

MusicBee makes it easy to organize, find and play music files on your computer, on portable devices and on the web.

I’ve listened to so much music that I’d forgotten about simply because MusicBee makes it much easier to find, and tag. I’m loving it! Having customised the interface just the way I want it, the only thing I need to figure out now is how to rip CDs to MP3 using LAME.

I’ve written a more comprehensive account of my thoughts on my main blog: I’ve found my perfect music player: MusicBee.

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