MusicBee

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 59 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.4.5404
  • Total Downloads:
    41,954
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 20, 2015
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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All too often we encounter music players that are either lacking basic features or crammed with features that aren't particularly useful. MusicBee is one of those rare programs that covers all the basics and includes some pretty cool extras. If you're in the market for a new way to manage your music collection, you should take a look at it.

The program's interface is plain and intuitive, with a list of tracks dominating the center of the screen and a list of directories down the left side, just like many other music players. If you have songs with incomplete album information, MusicBee can automatically search for and update that information for you, and it has several other tools to help you organize your music collection. The auto DJ feature is much more than just a song shuffler; with this function of the program you can customize the way that songs are selected, choosing tracks that are similar to the seed song, favoring more highly rated tracks, setting a minimum gap before the same artist is repeated, and much more. MusicBee also provides access to a wide variety of Internet radio stations, as well as local concert listings and upcoming album releases. The program's online Help file is well written and thorough. Overall, we were quite impressed with MusicBee; it was easy to use and brought several really useful features together in a way that we hadn't seen before.

MusicBee comes as a ZIP file but installs and uninstalls without issues.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Excellent! Lightweight and sounds great"

March 27, 2015  |  By anirban.c999

 |  Version: MusicBee 2.4.5404

Pros

- light weight
- modern looking UI, minimalistic
- sounds great, as good as Jet Audio (been a looong time user of Jet Audio, could never quiet get away from it due to sound quality, until now)

Cons

Does not have an inbuilt video player. but that's fine by me, the rest of the stuff is just a sweet spot right now.

Summary

Excellent player, going to stick with this one :)

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5 stars

"arguably best most customizable looking player of 2014"

December 17, 2014  |  By moby2011

 |  Version: MusicBee 2.4.5349

Pros

Podcasts inc apple, and radio inc icecast shoutcast etc fully searchable within player, also able to add own links
Internet artist info, photos and lyrics relating to song playing available within player
Gapless playback
Fade out and shutdown options
Able to create audio and video playlists
and link to easy to use video players such as VLC
Layout is very customizable, also includes a few hidden features
Cinematic modes for playback including xbox-style and screensaver
Skinnable
Getmusicbee is the official page for the player which includes it's own forum, there is lots of fan support and the player is continuously updated

Cons

Apple itunes podcasts don't show in the player until you search for something - although this happens in most third party players not made by apple
You need to download the right codec for both lame MP3 and AAC support (relatively easy to set up, within musicbee you just point to the correct files in their separate installed folders)
The number of settings may seem cumbersome to beginners and take some time to get to used to in order to get the look and settings you want

It's relatively easy to accidentally delete your music permanently from your computer from within the player, so always read what you see on that screen carefully, make sure you backup your music collection, and always select 'library only' whenever you delete anything

Summary

I have switched from winamp and foobar to musicbee due to having pretty much all of the customizable features of those two, far more current support, and also arguably also best looking most professional player. ps I would get the latest version from the official site

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1 stars

"Absolutely Terrible"

September 16, 2014  |  By MetalSuspension

 |  Version: MusicBee 2.4.5349

Pros

Looks nice

Cons

-Moved my entire music library and lost a good chunk (300 files and counting) of my music in the process.

Summary

Never EVER downloading this product again. High don't recommend.

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5 stars

"Best Music App I've ever used"

September 09, 2014  |  By Azzafishy

 |  Version: MusicBee 2.4.5349

Pros

Extremely intuitive interface
Small file
Heaps of features

Cons

I've yet to come across one

Summary

Amazing,I'm just annoyed that I didnt find it sooner!

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5 stars

"Easily The Best Player/Organizer Available"

April 07, 2014  |  By DontWannaKnow

 |  Version: MusicBee 2.1.4924

Pros

This player is very customize-able. It has many layout options and skins. There is almost no limit to how one could set it up. The sound is superb. It has a 15 band equalizer and some DSP stuff built right in. You can also use Winamp plugins to tweak it even more! You can tag and organize music manually or automatically online. It can show album art and lyrics. It is very fast and uses moderate resources. It's totally free of cost and ads.

Cons

Like many good players, MusicBee can take some time to fully learn. It is not as hard as some I've tried however, and the time spent is well worth it!

Summary

Like many other reviewers, I have tried them all. As a rule I Found them all lacking in one respect or another. MusicBee is the exception to the rule. It does everything I could ever want in a player and it looks and sounds good also. I also use the portable version at times and it works and looks identical to the full version. Great combo!!!
Foobar, Itunes, Mediamonkey and WMP users who are looking for something better should give this a try!!! I'm pretty sure if given a chance MusicBee will be the choice for most.

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1 stars

"Junkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk"

March 21, 2014  |  By Tom_Harrison

 |  Version: MusicBee 2.0.4663

Pros

None Noneeeee

Cons

Everything

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5 stars

"Fantastic player is true sucessor to 15 year old Winamp"

October 30, 2013  |  By das9125

 |  Version: MusicBee 2.1.4924

Pros

+ Very customizable interface
+ Very user friendly
+ Great options all around: convert, rip, etc

Cons

- None I can think of

Summary

I have tried every single music player there is to try.
From iTunes to Foobar, to mediamonkey.

Musicbee trumps them all. It is a one-solution to all of the things I want in a music player, extremely flexible, clean interface.

Finally I have found the one player. Only the original WinAmp, 15 years ago, was at this level. Let us hope they keep it that way.

Updated on Oct 30, 2013

Thinking of future versions, perhaps the Auto-Tag and Lyrics searches can be improved a bit. Also, having the Visualizer and EQ as part of the main interface and not as separate windows. Please guys.

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2 stars

"Memory hog"

September 30, 2013  |  By tdaso

 |  Version: MusicBee 2.1.4924

Pros

- very good interface
- good cataloging capabilities

Cons

- memory consumption
- very slow

Summary

i have an extended music library in external USB HDDs and three catalog software: media monkey, j.river & music bee. when i open those three programs i observe the following memory usage:
media monkey - 33,45mb
j. river media center - 100 mb
musicbee - 471 mb

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5 stars

"BEST MUSIC MANAGEMENT/PLAYBACK SOFTWARE"

August 02, 2013  |  By gsmcdonald

 |  Version: MusicBee 2.1.4924

Pros

The sync is one of the best features. I have a basic phone. The music files have to be in a certain directory on my phone. The music files can't be in sub-folders. This software allows me to sync the music files into the correct directory without the sub-folders. I haven't found any other software that can do that. The interface is much smoother compared to CNET's current screenshot. If you right click on the now-playing module over the album art, you can use album art from the internet. This is helpful if you don't have the art. You can also embed the art into the music file.

Cons

I have no complaints.

Summary

This is the best music management software I have found. The sync feature is especially impressive.

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2 stars

"Not what I wanted"

July 11, 2013  |  By rrtopaz

 |  Version: MusicBee 2.1.4924

Pros

none for me...

Cons

wanted to create my music cd database but can't search net for music info unless each disc is inserted; can't just type into search nor does it have an address to search said info w/o disc or music being in pc.

Summary

uninstalled...

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.4.5404
Version 2.4.5404 updates to remove SSL3 protocol for https connections due to the "Poodle" vulnerability. This update is required for last.fm logons to work. Also addresses an issue with locked MTP devices causing MusicBee to run at very high CPU and memory usage.
General
Publisher Steven Mayall
Publisher web site http://getmusicbee.com
Release Date October 18, 2014
Date Added March 20, 2015
Version 2.4.5404
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 14.76MB
File Name MusicBeeSetup_2_4.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 41,954
Downloads Last Week 321
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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