Jan 9th 2013
Know How... 27
Clean Up Your Music Library
Make your music library super clean. Find out how to add missing album art and all kinds of music data on today's episode!
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TuneUp TuneUp is a pay program, but you can test it out for free on up to 50 songs. The program normally costs around $40 for an annual subscription or about $50 as a one-time purchase. TuneUp works on Windows and OS X. It allows you to tag all of your files in a batch if you'd like. The interface is simple - you drag and drop files to TuneUp from either Windows Media Player or iTunes and TuneUp will find the proper artist, album, and other song data including album art. In our tests, we found TuneUp did a good job finding music data. However, it did use album art from compilation albums with no option to use album art from another album. So, if a song was both on a compilation and the original release, you don't have the option to pick from a list of albums. You can have TuneUp not apply album art and find your own, but that is a bit cumbersome. MediaMonkey MediaMonkey is a free piece of software for Windows only. There is a limited batch tagging feature - it only works on a per album basis (you can tag multiple songs as part of the same album). MediaMonkey also is a media manager/player, so if you wanted to rid yourself of iTunes or Media Player, this is a free option. Compared to TuneUp, MediaMonkey does give you the option to choose which album a song came from. So if you really want to use the album art from the original album and not a "Greatest Hits" collection, you'll have that ability. MusicBrainz Picard This free program is cross-platform and works on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. MusicBrainz Picard does handle batch tagging. Additionally, MusicBrainz Picard has Audio Fingerprinting which allows for very accurate music tagging. That feature is turned off by default. You'll have to go into the Options menu to activate that feature. Wrap-Up There is no one program that can handle tagging all your files perfectly. We found using a combination of MediaMonkey and MusicBrainz Picard could handle a lot of jobs. If you just want to have something automatically do everything for you, TuneUp does a very good job and only the most obsessive music fan may have an issue with album art selection. If you are the obsessive type (like Iyaz), you'll probably review each song to make sure all things are tagged correctly. Don't be intimidated by cleaning up a messy library. Give it a go in batches. Spend about 10-20 minutes each session and over a period of time, you'll have everything all neatened up. Download or subscribe to this show at twit.tv/kh. Contribute to our show! Send us an email at email@example.com or leave us a voicemail at 408-800-KNOW (408-800-5669)/ Thanks to Cachefly for the bandwidth for this show.