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Freemake Music Box

CNET Editors' review

Like similar tools, Freemake Music Box is supposed to search the Internet for free music, but unlike many of them, it actually works fairly well. It doesn't tell you where the tunes are coming from, though some obviously came from YouTube (skips, scratches, and spinning-record videos are dead giveaways) while others seem to be sourced from Internet radio. It finds plenty of duplicates, but it also found obscure tracks. Some results were mislabeled, though that might not be the program's fault. Tunes often took time to load and play in Freemake Music Box, and rapidly previewing results to find a particular version crashed the program at one point. But it finds and plays all kinds of files, including higher-quality formats like FLAC that sounded quite good through hi-fi headphones.

Freemake Music Box's user interface has touches of Apple's style in its white tones and rounded corners. In truth, we didn't expect it to find much, so we started with a fairly obscure (but hardly unknown) artist as a good test. Freemake didn't disappoint, though. The first song sounded better than expected, too. Encouraged, we tried something harder...or so we thought. Freemake easily found twice as many results. It was a search for some corny old tunes that turned up the YouTube recordings. We never did find a couple of songs, though, despite seemingly good search results. There's no Log or Help file, apparently. On the whole, though, Freemake Music Box did a pretty good job.

We've tried similar tools that couldn't find anything but links to more software, but Freemake Music Box worked better than expected. Granted, the bar is low, and music lovers have many other sources for free tunes, including some "radio" sites with vast libraries and high-quality playback. And we'd like to know a little more about where Freemake Music Box's tunes come from. But it's definitely worth a try if you've struck out with other tools to find a specific song or artist.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best desktop music player companion!!"

    December 2, 2012  |   By raayala5

    Version: Freemake Music Box 0.9.6.1

    Pros

    Hard Drive space saver
    Easy to manage
    Finds all artists I have thought of
    Easy playlist creator,a snap!
    It is absolutely free
    Very addictive

    Cons

    Maybe too much bandwidth use.
    Interface need to add more options, but they are just getting started.
    A little more eye-candy on the interface, not crucial but it would be good.

    Summary

    I have been looking for something like this for a long time. Now I do not have to have the music saved on my hard drive, only save the playlists, to which I can add more and more music as I go, and then play it when I want.
    I would like to have more options available on the player or maybe make the screen a see through or something like that.
    Over all, Five stars, because they don't have more to give. I love to sit at my computer and play music on the Freemake Music Box and forget about worrying about my music. Great idea!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "a really helpful program"

    October 2, 2012  |   By MacStella

    Version: Freemake Music Box 0.9.6.1

    Pros

    free
    good music search
    video watching

    Cons

    didn't find any

    Summary

    the program is really good for all music lovers. easy to use, without registration or ads. you can listen to almost all known music tracks

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