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MediaMonkey is music management software for people who are serious about music. It is the best MP3 software because it gives you more flexibility than other music management software. Additionally, it can manage more than 100,000 tracks, which is more than many other applications. It also gives you the option to organize your music, videos, podcasts and more in a way that makes sense to you.

MediaMonkey allows you to control the software in party situations, share your files on your DLNA and customize the interface. It's compatible with many formats, including MP3, WMA, M4A and M4P. For these reasons and more, MediaMonkey is our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award winner.

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MediaMonkey keeps the data for your files so you don't lose anything if you transfer the music to another application. Other music management software sometimes changes the file names or deletes the tags of information that come with songs, but MediaMonkey preserves this information. If you have songs that don't have tag information, MediaMonkey can automatically search the web for information such as the artist, album, album art and more.

It's easy to add music to your library. All you have to do is click on Add/Rescan Files to the Library and then select the area in which you want MediaMonkey to search for files. As you add music and delete music from files on devices connected to your network, MediaMonkey automatically updates your files on the application so you don't have to do it.

You can search for specific file types when you add music from your hard drive. This music management software imports information about songs, such as the number of times you've listened to them and the songs' ratings, when you import music from applications such as Windows Media Player, iTunes and Winamp. MediaMonkey also catalogs CDs, even if you don't rip them to your hard drive. You can add tags to a variety of files, including WMA, Ogg Vorbis, APE, WAV, AAC and MP3.

MediaMonkey can identify multiple tracks that are the same, even if the music is different. You have to delete the songs manually though. This is a safety measure to ensure that you don't lose any songs that you mean to keep.

Create playlists from music on other devices that are connected to your local area network. As long as all of the devices are connected to your network, you can listen to them and organize them the way you want. MediaMonkey enables you to sync your files with your smartphone and other devices such as iPods.

MediaMonkey also allows you to filter your music. For instance, it's possible to filter for a certain genre. Once you've run a filter on your music, you can then create a playlist that includes that music. One use for this is making a playlist for your kids that has music appropriate to their ages.

MediaMonkey has a tool that can adjust the track volume. If one track is quiet and another is loud, this music management software brings them both to the same volume level. This is a nice feature because once you adjust the volume, you won't have to worry about it anymore.

This music management software also enables you to normalize your tracks and transfer that information to other devices as well. MediaMonkey has an auto-conversion and MP3-encoding setting. Its encoding settings range from CBR, 96kbps to ABR, 256kbps. This music management software comes with an equalizer. There's also a Visualizer.

The MediaMonkey sleep function allows your computer to go into sleep mode while still playing music. Additionally, it provides you with the tools to create song previews. This is helpful if you want to share a little bit from each song or if you're making a demo CD. MediaMonkey rips music while keeping all the information from the tags. You can also burn your playlists to CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs.

You can download different skins if you want a different look for your MediaMonkey interface. You can also add plug-ins such as the MediaMonkey Codec Pack, which adds support for additional file types. In addition to plug-ins, you can use extensions, which are scripts that enhance MediaMonkey's functionality.

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MediaMonkey keeps the data for your files so you don't lose anything if you transfer the music to another application. Other music management software sometimes changes the file names or deletes the tags of information that come with songs, but MediaMonkey preserves this information. If you have songs that do not contain tag information, MediaMonkey can automatically search the web for information such as the artist, album, album art and more.

It's easy to add music to your library. All you have to do is click on Add/Rescan Files to the Library and then select the area in which you want MediaMonkey to search for files. As you add music and delete music from files on devices connected to your network, MediaMonkey automatically updates your files on the application so you don't have to do it.

You can search for specific file types when you add music from your hard drive. This music management software imports information about songs, such as the number of times you've listened to them and the songs' ratings, when you import music from applications such as Windows Media Player, iTunes and Winamp. MediaMonkey also catalogs CDs, even if you don't rip them to your hard drive. You can add tags to a variety of files, including WMA, Ogg Vorbis, APE, WAV, AAC and MP3.

MediaMonkey can identify multiple tracks that are the same, even if the music is different. You have to delete the songs manually though. This is a safety measure to ensure that you don't lose any songs that you mean to keep.

Create playlists from music on other devices that are connected to your local area network. As long as all of the devices are connected to your network, you can listen to them and organize them the way you want. MediaMonkey enables you to sync your files with your smartphone and other devices such as iPods.

MediaMonkey also allows you to filter your music. For instance, it's possible to filter for a certain genre. Once you've run a filter on your music, you can then create a playlist that includes that music. One use for this is making a playlist for your kids that has music appropriate to their ages.

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MediaMonkey can store audio and video files. This means you can keep track of your music, podcasts, audio books, music videos, movies, TV shows and more. MediaMonkey also connects to two internet radio websites: Shoutcast and Icecast. Shoutcast has its own Mini player, but it still plays through MediaMonkey. The podcast section of MediaMonkey supplies you with many podcast options. If you already have subscriptions through other music management applications, you can import them so you don't have to subscribe again.

You can set MediaMonkey to shuffle your music, have it repeat or stop once it gets to the end of a song. This music management software is set to fade from one song to the next by default. If you don't like this setting, you can easily change it. When this music management software is minimized, you can scroll over the icon to see a preview box that contains music controls. These controls include previous track, play, pause, stop, next track, decrease rating and increase rating. MediaMonkey provides more options than other products we've seen and tested.

Turn on the Auto-DJ to determine how many songs the MP3 software shows in the Now Playing list, or change the setting to Party mode to protect your tracks if multiple people are controlling the musical choices. If you have music you don't want your friends to see, MediaMonkey has an option that allows you to hide tracks.

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For someone who has experience using MP3 software, MediaMonkey is easy to use. However, if you haven't spent much time with this type of application, it may be more difficult to pick up right away. The help wiki has sections about getting started and basic concepts, which are great tools for teaching you how to use the product.

MediaMonkey can perform batch edits to data on track tags. For instance, you can assign an album name to multiple songs from the same album at the same time instead of adding the name to each track. MediaMonkey can also check the case of the letters. This is nice if you've added title information but haven't been consistent with capitalization.

The MediaMonkey interface looks similar to the iTunes interface. They both have alternating blue and white lines on the main panel that contain the track name, artist, ratings and so on. MediaMonkey gives you more tools and options than iTunes and other music management software. You can move the panels around on the interface. For instance, you can put the media tree on the right side of the screen. All you have to do is drag and drop the section.

Additionally, you can customize how each of the columns on the MediaMonkey playlist appear in the same way. Organize by title, artist, album, genre, date, rating, file path, file name, song length, track number, track volume, bit rate, file size, number of times the song has played and the date and time it played last.

On the upper right-hand toolbar is a search field that will track down songs, podcasts and videos. You can also search for music information directly on the internet through MediaMonkey. It has search options for Amazon, CD Universe, Google and Wikipedia.

MediaMonkey Summary:
9.8/10

MediaMonkey can keep track of thousands of songs in an organized fashion. Adding and finding music is a quick process. To customize the interface, all you have to do is drag and drop the components. This music management software keeps your files updated, adding new files and deleting file names that are no longer available. This music management software is flexible and allows you to adjust it in a way that best suits your needs.

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