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MediaMonkey Standard

CNET Editors' review

Despite a glut of free player/encoders, it's tough to find one that meets our expectations. Formerly known as Sound DB, MediaMonkey has excellent library-management tools that keep the largest digital music collections well organized. Stir that up with integrated CD and DVD burning, a stellar interface, a full-featured encoder, and the ability to sync with portable audio devices such as the iPod, and you have a pretty compelling product.

Upon first launch, the program scans your drive for supported digital media files to add to the library. Files are sorted based on their ID3 tags, and the helpful Auto-Rename and Auto-Tag From Filename features keep untagged tracks from falling through the cracks. Party mode locks down your library while still allowing people to request songs. Auto DJ plays selections from your library even when there are no requests in the queue, and the all-important iPod and portable device synchronization works well. Third-party plug-ins are available from the site if you want to tinker with the playback and encoding engine or add additional sound-processing effects. The interface is well designed, with clean, colorful icons throughout.

Considering the overall polish of this application, you'll be hard-pressed to find anything you don't like. Although it's definitely geared toward managing extensive collections, just about anyone will appreciate the comprehensive feature set. For $20, MediaMonkey Gold adds advanced features such as sleep, scripting, previewing, and on-the-fly file conversion when syncing with a portable device.

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    • 3 star: 93
    • 2 star: 52
    • 1 star: 156
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Nags you to upgrade constantly."

    April 18, 2012  |   By Hjsybwygsbdgf

    Version: MediaMonkey Standard 3.0.3.1183

    Pros

    Seems to be a clean interface.

    Cons

    To do most anything that iTunes does, you have to upgrade to "gold", I think it is 25 bucks. I'm sure it is swell when you buy the full version, although that only gave free upgrades for version 4.X. Once version 5 is released, you'll be SOL again.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Preferred Audio Player/Organizer for me"

    September 2, 2008  |   By Steve The Wire Puller

    Version: MediaMonkey Standard 3.0.3.1183

    Pros

    Creates database of your music files. Doesn't copy song into it's own area, fairly transparent where your music is. Rips and burns. ID3v2 tags. MP3, OGG and a few other formats.

    Cons

    Playlist management could be better. You might spend a lot of time playing your music -- not really a con.

    Summary

    I've used it for years. I've used Musicmatch, Winamp and iTunes, but perfer MM. It organizes in a explorer like tree by artist, album and genre. Worth the upgrade from the free version to get something decent.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best Music Library and player"

    August 20, 2008  |   By ashok87

    Version: MediaMonkey Standard 3.0.3.1183

    Pros

    I've tried a lot of free ones winamp, wmp, music match and many more... But none of the programs can even stand before the library of MM... Its the best both in terms of quality as well as features...

    Cons

    Visualizations are not much...

    Summary

    Just get it...

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  • 2.0 stars

    "I can't figure out how to use it"

    August 14, 2008  |   By joelrubin

    Version: MediaMonkey Standard 3.0.3.1183

    Pros

    n/a

    Cons

    n/a

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Once you learn it, it's fantastic!"

    August 14, 2008  |   By pooky4

    Version: MediaMonkey Standard 3.0.3.1183

    Pros

    I like the customization features, including the ability to parts around in the interface. I also love the tagging feature, which is the main reason I tried this software. Seems to be a good replacement for the standard iTunes and Win. Media Pleyer.

    Cons

    Couldn't give it 5 stars for two reasons:
    1. While powerful, it's a busy interface, and it has a bit of a learning curve.
    2. I don't feel like it queries enough databases, because too often, none of the results I would get would be correct.

    Summary

    Good alternative if you want to get away from the same ol' thing, and you have a few minutes to learn your way around.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Overrated and a little dangerous"

    August 14, 2008  |   By imagine002

    Version: MediaMonkey Standard 3.0.3.1183

    Pros

    It's a good player and has options to help fill those gaps in your info, but be willing to put in about 20 hours if you actually expect to fill in them all

    Cons

    The info change isn't nearly as automated as it could be, and dangerous if you don't know what you're doing, as controls aren't very intuitive. I accidentally changed 5GB of music to say the artist was Bill Cosby in my first 90 seconds using the program.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A good player."

    August 11, 2008  |   By adonallme

    Version: MediaMonkey Standard 3.0.3.1183

    Pros

    Everything

    Cons

    Lack of auto-tag databases.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great for music lovers!"

    August 11, 2008  |   By techtwin22

    Version: MediaMonkey Standard 3.0.3.1183

    Pros

    If you want to have a media player that you can listen to all kinds of media formats, MediaMonkey is a great alternative to iTunes, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, and other media players.

    Cons

    Only good if you can bear to part with your other media players :)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simply the Best!"

    August 9, 2008  |   By UssjTrunks

    Version: MediaMonkey Standard 3.0.3.1183

    Pros

    Organizes music better (much better) than all the leading competition; iTunes, WMP, and WinAmp.

    Supports all file types.

    No restrictions like iTunes.

    Syncs with most MP3 players (including the latest iPods).

    Very fast program.

    Can be customized to look like WMP and iTunes (and more original designs).

    Very easy to use, don't be turned off by all the features, I found it easier to get into than iTunes.

    Cons

    None.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I've found nothing better."

    August 5, 2008  |   By NoDeity

    Version: MediaMonkey Standard 3.0.3.1183

    Pros

    Quickly and accurately organizes music, provides an easy interface for editing the information by which the songs are organized.

    Cons

    Advanced features are disabled in the free version but it's still highly usable.

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