We always like to start our software reviews with a brief description of what a given program is or does, but in the case of Ejukebox, we're not entirely sure. It's true that it's a media player, and that it seems to integrate the user's music library with music videos from YouTube. But the program's design is so confusing that it's hard to really get a coherent idea of what's going on.
Ejukebox's interface has a certain sleekness to it, leading the user to think at first glance that it may be well made. But the program quickly yields a confusing assortment of buttons and sliders, and navigation is anything but intuitive. The first time we ran the program it asked us if we wanted to scan our computer for audio files; we agreed, but it took us a while to figure out what became of them after that. As far as we can tell, the program then creates a playlist that contains your songs as well as YouTube videos? We think? There's a menu that lists musical artists alphabetically, although we have no idea where these musicians came from; they weren't in our library. Users can click on each musician to view YouTube videos, and can also do a search for musical acts that aren't listed. Aggravating the program's confusing design was the fact that it has no Help file; there's a link to an online forum, but no actual instructions. Overall, we found Ejukebox way too confusing to be of much use.
Ejukebox has a 15-day trial period. The program installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We do not recommend this program.
From Audiosoft Network:
EJukebox allows you to custom interface and database for your music, video and movie collection. Automatically downloads album cover art. Lists and plays related YouTube videos. Optionally access your database remotely over Wireless, LAN, PC, Tablet, or Phone. Optionally display video on a 2nd monitor, HDMI, HDTV or TV. Automatically imports tags from your hard drive's audio and video files. Optionally synchronize audio playback with Winamp. Use your Mouse, Touchscreen, Keyboard, Windows Media Remote Controller. Customize everything with tons of options and editable skins. Keep the music going with smart AutoPlay modes. Schedule AutoPlay selection changes by time and days of the week. Use the Built-in Web Browser to surf the web without popups. Lock the interface full screen for parties with Kiosk Mode.
What's new in this version:
Version 5.75 fixes download MP4 and quick time playback method.
Honestly, the developers are asking a premium for this application but it's a fairly clunky app. I mean, the settings windows don't even look 'standard'..it's a strange custom menu system that I haven't seen on other applications. The manual is buried away at the forums and people seem thanksful for it, even though it looks fairly odd too... I installed this on win7 and it didn't even install an 'uninstall' in the start menu, or even show up in my add/remove programs (programs and settings). Finally tracked the uninstall down in the root of the install directory after my system was continuously hanging after putting it in 'memory mode'. I love the idea of this, but I'm not sure it's deserving of any more praise than it got in this review...
If you import a large music collection and give it a few days then the interface really shines. Large album collections are what EJukebox is designed for. HD Youtube with the pre-buffer for the next video is nice...but is just an added feature.
RE: Editor If you need a manual to figure out the advanced features there is one available for download at audiosoft.net/forum Also to get rid of the extra artists just change the select box at the top of the artist list to ALL instead of ALL +Demo.
The EJukebox interface combines the audio visual power of Windows Media Player, Direct Show, Winamp, Shoutcast Internet Radio, HD Youtube videos and Internet Explorer for Pop-up free browsing
What does EJukebox do? EJukebox allows you to playback all popular audio and video file formats. EJukebox imports all your music and video files into a fast searchable database with highly customizable interface. EJukebox automatically creates a full list of all your artists and albums and automatically downloads album cover art. Search Artist, Album, Song Title, Genre, Year, Youtube or Google.
With EJukebox you can easily import your CD collection with the built-in CD to Mp3. Tag editor allows your to edit tags for all popular audio formats. EJukebox can be configured to play songs randomly from your collection when the playlist is empty based on criteria you set. The EJukebox 2Web feature allows you to turn your computer into a web server to search, queue and control playback of your collection from any web browser. EJukebox employs an open file interface skinning system. This allows you to create your own skin or modify an existing skin without needing to restart. EJukebox's Kiosk mode lets you lock the interface fullscreen and set restrictions for public use.
In Ejukebox everything is hot-clickable. Click the Artists and Albums to list their songs in track order. Click Song titles to add the item to the playlist. Click the song play icons or youtube thumbnails to play now. Drag Artist, Song, or Album to playlist to add in track order. Drag around items in the playlist. Right click items for more options and related web info.
This software has it all - an interface for parties, a cover art auto download thingy, a CD ripper that actually gets the MP3 tags right, a front-end to Winamp so you can use Milkdrop - the best visualisation ever, a thingy so that your IPAQ can drive it and show album covers - hey I've run out of space in this review...
Sometimes, if you post something on the forum - it may take a few hours before you get a response.
My entire CD collection makes up about 18,000 songs so I needed a program that can easily handle large collections, but also be user-friendly. I've been using eJukebox for several years now, and after a couple of years, bought a second copy for a jukebox machine I built.
In the past, I've tried out other applications similar to eJukebox. I have tested easily over 50 jukebox apps and have never found anything to replace it.
I have no complaints, but if I did, I would just post them to the forum and they would be handled quickly. Support is A+++