Don't-Miss Music & audio software Stories
Winamp is no longer supported as of December 20. If you've had eyes for no audio/video player but Winamp, take a look at these six attractive alternatives. Most are free.
Cyberlink's Director Suite 2 remains a powerful set of media editing and production applications that handle video, images, and audio with aplomb. The new features. though welcome, form a relatively mild upgrade.
The finest free multimedia player in the world is now even better, thanks to lots of improvements under the hood.
Ashampoo's MP3 Cover Finder is a tool to provide metadata and visual covers to mp3 files that are missing them or are incorrect. It uses intelligent fingerprint technology and searches the Internet to identify the tracks.
Musique is a functional and easy to use music player that will appeal to both beginner and more advanced users. With its basic features and beautiful interface, it will quickly become your go-to place when you want to relax to some music.
Helium Music Manager looks good, and it offers plenty of useful tools for managing extensive music collections. Unfortunately, though, many of its best features are only in the Premium version.
iPod Copy Master is a $20 application that promises to help you transfer music and playlists from your iOS device to your PC. Unfortunately, it's harder to use than it should be, and its free trial version is too limited to be useful.
If you use Dropbox to store your tunes, DropTunes allows you to play them from the cloud sharing service. It's light on features, but it's more than Dropbox can do on its own.
ITunes Library Toolkit offers a host of features for cleaning up and maintaining your iTunes library. It can add files automatically and delete dead links, but doesn't always offer you perfect control.
ITunes Folder Watch is an inexpensive utility that helps you monitor what does— and doesn't—get added to your iTunes library. It only does one thing, but it does that one thing very well.
Chrome app DriveTunes lets you hear all the music in your Google Drive files.
SynciOS is a free tool for managing your iOS device from your PC. It lets you transfer content to and from your mobile device with ease, though it stumbles a bit as a contact manager.
Sometimes when you rip your CDs, the tags and album art don't come with it, leaving the MP3 file without identifying information. Mp3tag is here to help you add those tags and album art back.
MuLab offers all the audio and MIDI recording features the average musician needs, and few that they don't. Power without stressful visual overload (and they said it couldn't be done).
MediaMonkey is a free media organization and playback application for Windows users. Its interface is a bit heavy on the text, but it offers many handy ways to clean up your digital media collection.