Music database and player

Play, organize, and edit your tunes with this versatile free music database.

We can tell that the developers who came up with Soundbase are more into coding and music than PR since they call their freeware "a single executable that runs from any location" instead of a powerful, versatile, and highly flexible music database, player, and tag editor that can store, sort, edit, and play more than 100,000 songs, search for album art, and even play Web radio. It was created as an alternative to the large commercial MP3 players and organizers. It's based on Microsoft's DirectShow architecture and supports most popular formats, including MP3, OGG, APE, and FLAC.

Soundbase opened with a brief but useful startup guide that described how to create a new database and add songs to it. The default interface uses a plain white background with crisply delineated functional areas and controls, including an extensive line of icons for quickly toggling between virtually every possible layout. However, much about this program can be customized. We clicked the Settings icon, opening a compact but jam-packed properties dialog offering no fewer than 11 tabs in a side panel; everything from Look & Feel to Plugins. We could change the program's color and skins; configure how it opens, behaves, and interacts; organize Templates; manage Album art, and much more. Soundbase can add songs individually or in bunches, and it searches for song data online by default, unless you tell it not to in the settings. We quickly added and organized our music library. We were surprised that Soundbast could find data and even album art for obscure tunes converted from vinyl simply based on the song and album data we'd entered in the files' properties. A bottom panel displayed tabs for Webradio, Playlist, and History as well as TAG, ART, FILE, and EXT Info for the selected song.

Soundbase proved easy to use, though it offers considerable help, too, including tips and tutorials. We like the way it quickly switches between views and simplifies editing song data. Of course, it doesn't do as many things automatically as some big names, but we don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. In fact, its many options and settings set Soundbase apart from the crowd.

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