MusicBee

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 55 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.1.4924
File Size:
28.08MB
Date Added:
June 28, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
33,466
Downloads Last Week:
239
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.5

    out of 55 votes

    • 5 star: 45
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 2
  • Current Version:

    3.6

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 1
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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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  • 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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  • 5 stars

    "Great upgrade to an already Great player!"

    July 04, 2013   |   By Smeaga31

    Version: MusicBee 2.1.4924

    Pros

    Please note this review is about my experiences as a person who already used MusicBee and simply upgraded to this version.

    Very fast simple download. No spyware, adware, toolbars, etc. No need to opt out of anything during install.

    I didn't have to change my settings back to how they were after upgrade. Everything was just as before.

    There was no need to uninstall older version first. This just replaces what you have with the newer version.

    Never had a better upgrade experience really.

    Cons

    A newcomer to MusicBee may find it a little intimidating at first.
    As I stated in a previous review of MusicBee It takes some time to learn it well, but well worth it to learn!

    Summary

    This version is a little quicker and sounds just a hair better than before. They have added radio stations and some visual goodies. By and large it is just good old MusicBee. Still My Favorite and Keeps getting better!!!!!

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  • 1 stars

    "Too many other programs added to my computer."

    June 30, 2013   |   By lot812

    Version: MusicBee 2.1.4924

    Pros

    Nice software but hard to use.

    Cons

    Poor layout for me to use.
    Worst it that I got additional malware programs with it, like toolbars, etc. that did not want. I did not see a place where you had a choice not to add them.
    SHAME ON CNET FOR ADDING THIS JUNK WITHOUT ANY OPTIONS OF REFUSAL.

    Summary

    Stay away from it unless you want junk... Gotta be a better program out there.

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