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Best music playing software for LARGE mp3 collections.

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November 15, 2009 1:19:25 PM

Its time to find new software again. My wife and I have a VERY large music collection. (100GB+) We used to use Realjukebox, which stopped working well about 80GBs ago. After that we found Media Monkey which worked great. But we are finding that its dropping songs from its memory so the search doesn't really work anymore. For those of you who have large mp3 collections, what program similar to MM would you use? If none exist, what program would use you no matter what?
November 15, 2009 7:57:37 PM

I use foobar, IMO is really good.
November 15, 2009 10:26:24 PM

Thanks, that one came up in her search. If anyone knows any other database type apps for playing mp3s please chime in.
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November 15, 2009 10:35:30 PM

Winamp is also the most used, but i don't like too much.
November 16, 2009 4:03:18 AM

Not a fan of Wamp. Its been a few versions since I've used it however. From what I remember, the ability to search isn't anywhere near good enough. I didn't say it in the first post but included in the second is that it needs to be a database type program like MM/realjukebox. It MUST have the ability to search easily from any field. It would be nice if it had an easy way to make playlists as we use that feature as well. Foobar looks interesting, but we are open to other ideas as well.
November 16, 2009 8:09:25 AM

Give a shot to iTunes. As alternative I will agree to saint19 - foobar is pretty good!
November 16, 2009 10:12:16 PM

Looks like foobar might be the next to try. Sorry, I don't run "I"anything on this computer.

Seeing as the suggestions are light, is there any place we can go to compare different players? Typing in "mp3 players" provides a few to many results.
November 18, 2009 1:52:59 PM

what program would use you no matter what?

You can snoop around here, I'm presently using OtsAV DJ Pro, but its actually DJ software and I also use it personally all the time keeping my database straight, there is a free version but its seriously limited.

Obviously the Pro version is not free software and probably more than you're looking for, it will also convert your MP3s to the OTs format for more enhanced playback or play them back unconverted as MP3s.

If you do decide to have them converted they can be converted back to MP3, but so far I've had no reason to do that, the OTs format conversion basically optimizes each MP3 and makes for a more even playback experience.

As a DJ you need that so you don't have to constantly juggle volume for different recording levels of MP3s however as I already said you do not have to convert your MP3s anyway.

Its also video playback.

Anyhow its probaby more than you're looking for anyway, but worth every penny to me.

Check it out.

Also the beatmix technology is really cool for non-stop playback, each song merges to the next for a really cool experience.
November 18, 2009 2:46:38 PM

I use winamp, for playing songs, and Everything for searching.
It will find a song as soon as you stop typing the name, or sometimes before.

Just give it a try, it's really small, and it will find any type of files, not just mp3.
November 18, 2009 2:55:03 PM

My wife uses Winamp, she had to go to that when MMJB got Yahoo'd, however I asked her if she'd recommend it to others and she said no, I don't really know her reasons why she is disappointed with it, I haven't really used it myself.

My music database is much larger than hers, she is basically a newer country music fan, and I have to cover the whole spectrum of music.

November 18, 2009 2:58:50 PM

winamp has a really cool lyrics plugin, as soon as I start playing a song, the lyrics are displayed (When the name is correct, and you're connected to the internet).
Plus it has a ton of skins and an equalizer.

Did she say why she wouldn't recommend it?

I also used to love MMJB before yahoo.
November 18, 2009 3:10:27 PM

She says it not as user friendly as MMJB was, but she had years to learn MMJB and as you well know it takes time to familiarize yourself with new software, when I installed it for her my first impressions of it were really good.

I liked the interface and everything I had discovered in my short use of it, I also liked the fact Milkdrop was incorporated into it, I think once she gets more familiar with it she'll like it.
November 18, 2009 3:14:32 PM

Tell her to look for the lyrics plugin, it's really good, and even more if you like to sing and you don't know the lyrics exactly.
November 18, 2009 3:21:04 PM

I passed that info on to her Thanks.
November 18, 2009 3:40:33 PM

To the OP, have you tried songbird?
I used it once and it has a long list of addons, which makes it very customizable.
November 18, 2009 10:56:53 PM

The problem with plugins is they can make the program as a whole get a bit unstable. When dealing with 100GB+, this is not a good thing. My problem with MM is that it updates the database EVERY time you load it now. Worse, not everything seems to get included. When searching for a song, it might not come up. If however you use the browse feature, you can find it still sitting on the drive. This is not a drive or computer issue, it happens on both mine and my wifes machine.

From what I've seen of Winamp, it won't do what we want. (easily) We like the database type programs that allow us to search by not only song title, but artist, album, year, etc. Wamp won't do this, not even with the lyrics plug in. DJ software is probably a bit much. I assume the pro version costs major $$$? I can take a look at songbird, I hadn't heard of it until now.
February 17, 2010 7:42:59 AM

what about jetaudio media center..
February 17, 2010 8:40:09 AM

manojgj said:
what about jetaudio media center..

Never heard of that one what do you like about it?

What does it cost?

My wife cannot seem to master WinAmp? IDKW She's a great multitask-er but for years was loving MMJB and WinAmp just doesn't seem to be what she is after?

Got a link?
February 17, 2010 7:52:02 PM

i suggest you reread the first post. Been using Media Monkey, but it imports songs EVERY time it loads. It also can't find songs that I know I have in there. I agree with Ryan, details please on Jet. I've got so few possibilities that I guess I could hunt it down. Why its great would be nice however.

Foobar still seems like the best one suggested so far. I still haven't got around to trying it yet. I'm not sure if it will be better then MM or not. Seems similar enough.
February 17, 2010 7:53:19 PM

only if you let it the first time!i load mine manually!
February 17, 2010 9:32:02 PM

February 18, 2010 12:54:47 AM

I vote for Winamp :) 
February 24, 2010 11:23:46 PM

I'm sure there are plenty of others in this boat. I've got to get around to trying Foobar to see how it is. It seems to be the best one suggested so far.

Its been suggested many times, has Winamp finally come up in the world? What does the latest version look like? I've said it before, from when I used it I know it won't do what I want. If I hear things have changed that I can consider that as well.
April 7, 2010 11:36:35 PM

So I finally got around to trying foobar. While there is much to like (I love the CLEAN interface) it has some deal breaking problems. The biggest of which is I'm unable to rate songs, and I can't sync something with my mp3 player. Looks like a good player, but if I cant' easily rate songs or send them to my player, its not going to work.

Heading back to MM now. Any other options? I'll go back over this list and see what else was mentioned.
April 8, 2010 4:04:27 AM

^With that requirements I think that the best option will be iTunes.
April 8, 2010 5:11:25 AM

Yuck. I hope there are other options. Hoping to try Songbird and/or Jet audio over my next weekend. Shame about Foobar as it had potential.
April 8, 2010 7:14:02 AM

I'm getting tired of that suggestion to. Does winamp do what I want? Last I tried (version 4?) it didn't.
September 19, 2012 9:31:00 AM

I use MAGIX MP3 Deluxe. The cool thing about this software, especially with large music collections, is that that it has functions that organise your music based on features within the music and display the results graphically. This can be great for making playlists and making connections between different genres, the only software I know that does this. It has lots of other great tools the help ID, listen to internet radio, etc. Highly recommended.
September 19, 2012 2:26:34 PM

Interesting looking program but I'm not sure I want to buy it for 60pounds. Yes there is a free trial but if I like it...

So since I've made this post I've moved onto win7. Still using Media Monkey as well. I might try a new version of it as the problem continues. And I know I reimported all the songs as I had to when I loaded win7. I tried Foobar, didn't like it for reasons I don't remember. Maybe I will try winamp as I have nothing to lose.
September 19, 2012 9:22:11 PM

Please don't answer to old threads.