With its stunning design and high accuracy, SongGenie for Mac stands out as one of the better song tagging applications out there. This premium app automatically updates your music files with complete metadata, including artist, genre, album art, and lyrics in no time, so that you don't have to do it manually. iTunes recognizes all the changes, which will be reflected in your music library.
Following a quick installation, SongGenie for Mac presents you with a slick interface visually reminiscent of Time Machine's carousel metaphor. Upon launch, the app will scan your music library and rate each song with up to three guitars depending on how much song data has been fetched from the Web. One guitar stands for metadata, one for cover, and one for lyrics. This convenient labeling system lets you sort your collection easily and track down songs with partial info. The identification process, itself, takes no time; in our tests we were presented with tag suggestions less than five seconds after hitting the "Identify" button. The trial version can detect and suggest tag updates and lyrics, but it will not allow you to apply any changes. In addition, this app comes bundled with CoverScout, a companion app for fetching album cover art, which will help you finally complete your music collection.
If you have a large number of music files and like to keep them organized in a neat music library, SongGenie for Mac can help you, saving you a lot of time otherwise wasted on manual tagging. While the app does come with a price tag, its stunning design and attention to detail make it well worth the purchase.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of SongGenie for Mac 2.2.5.
SongGenie now goes beyond artists and titles. Search and automatically apply lyrics for your songs. Display your favorite songs with lyrics on your iPhone or just about any iPod too. Add tags, genres and more to your music files. SongGenie is an iTunes saver for your Mac. Creating an acoustic fingerprint for all your tracks, SongGenie automatically completes your music collection. You can select any music folders on your hard drive, and even those on external storage. SongGenie's eagle-eye can also detect typos and spelling mistakes.
What's new in this version:
We've fixed a few UI glitches
Restoring the defaults in your search preferences works again
We've improved SongGenie! SongGenie 1.1 now shows for every identified song all available album information. Now you can also apply title information to a bulk selection of songs - completely automatically if you wish. And you can start searching for your missing album art directly with CoverScout. <UL> <LI>NEW SongGenie shows all available albums that contain the track you are searching for</LI> <LI>NEW Identify and apply all track information automatically</LI> <LI>NEW Apply identified track information to multiple songs at once</LI> <LI>NEW Start searching for album covers in CoverScout</LI> <LI>NEW Show music tracks in CoverScout</LI> <LI>NEW Contextmenu available for finding music files in finder, marking and start playing tracks</LI> <LI>NEW Immediately shows changes to a music file made in other applications</LI> <LI>NEW Display cover art downloaded from the iTunes Store</LI> <LI>NEW Recognizes new music folders that have been added by CoverScout</LI> <LI>BOOSTED Better workflow by an improved user interface</LI> <LI>BOOSTED Ignores invisible files and folders</LI> <LI>BOOSTED Improved management of music archives on external hard drives</LI> <LI>BOOSTED Bugfixed jumping textcursor when manually entering song information</LI> <LI>BOOSTED Bugfixed the error that prevented the ability to stream edited MP4 files</LI> <LI>BOOSTED Bugfixed the error causing music tracks in deactivated music folders to be displayed</LI> <LI>BOOSTED Extended App Preferences</LI> </UL>
- Abysmal match rate (43 out of 604 in my test) - For matches, completes only Song, Artist and Album fields. - Company's site states "set the criteria and SongGenie will automatically amend your music based on your preferences." Not true.
Perhaps future versions of this product will provide more complete functionality and better match results. As it stands in version 1.0, it's a terrible waste of money. And the company isn't even honest about what the product can and cannot do on it's own website. Not a good sign.
Updated on Jan 7, 2009
I received a message from the publishers of this product saying that the server used for song matching have been overwhelmed by the volume of requests, and that a low match rate may be a temporary problem caused by lack of bandwidth. (The product was introduced yesterday at the Macworld Conference & Expo.)
It makes sense. If everyone's first step is to scan their entire music library and then match each song to digital signatures on the server, that could be an extraordinary amount of volume.
I will report back and change my rating if the match rate significantly improves.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Like most Equinux products, the interface is artfully produced within the confines of the Apple user-interface guidelines, but functionally it falls flat. In demo mode with a library of around 10,000 tracks, it found about 20 "songs with missing information", but they were very weird finds indeed. It found a single track off an Andrea Parker DJ-Kicks album, with which it 'suggested' that the artist/track title fields should be swapped! Curiously, the other tracks on the same album (rightfully) avoided detection. Then, it found a single M83 track, the title of which is an asterix (*) -- correctly -- but if flagged it as "missing information". Then the $30 nagware kicked in, so I stiffed it. It's an interesting idea, but not $30 interesting.