Editors' reviewAlthough its interface could use quite a bit of work, this music-organization application earns points for automating certain tasks. Music Catalogue Master's main window provides icons for adding either CDs or vinyl LPs to its database. Since the program fortunately connects directly to the online CDDB, you simply insert a disc into your PC's CD drive, and the app automatically pulls up all pertinent information, including artist, track names and times, and musicians. Adding a vinyl LP to the program works much in the same fashion; you enter artist and title, and the program retrieves other data from the Web. The program will let you add cover art, but you'll have to do so manually. Unfortunately, some of this app's features, such as filtering and sorting tools, are only available from a secondary screen; we really wish you could get to everything from the main interface. Also, you'll have to dig through menus if you want to display a list of all artists and albums in your database. Still, if you're willing to put in the time to learn its quirks, Music Catalogue Master can put your entire collection of tunes at your fingertips.
Music Catalogue Master catalogs CDs, MP3s and vinyl records into a fully searchable database. It automatically enters CDs and records from 4 different internet databases. It automatically downloads and enters all the available CD, vinyl record and track information into its database--including artist name, title, label, release year, cover art--all track titles, artists and track times as well as roles/credits. You can create as many user-defined tracking categories as you want, and attach as many of these as you want to any CD, record or track.
For collectors who wish to track multiple copies of the same recording--there is a whole separate area for information about copies you have, like purchase price and current value. Music Catalogue Master also allows you to track chart information for all CDs, records and tracks. With its powerful filtering capabilities, you can display and print any CDs, records or tracks that you want, based on any criteria that you want--and print a report or export the reports to HTML, PDF, Word, Excel, XML, RTF and MHT documents. It also comes with MP3 Catalogue Master--a utility for tracking and playing your MP3 files. Music Catalogue Master has an intuitive interface and many shortcuts to enable you to quickly enter and format information. It is easy to move around and find the information that you want to display and print. It also comes with complete Help and a downloadable printable manual.
What's new in this version:
Version 5.30 includes access to 4 online databases for automatic entry of CDs and vinyl records, as well as unspecified bug fixes and improvements.