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TuneUp Companion

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TuneUp is an iTunes plug-in for Windows users which helps you analyze, clean up, and correct track tagging SNAFUs in a fraction of the time it would take to do them manually. The interface shows up to the right of your iTunes music library with features for cleaning tags, finding album artwork, getting more artist info, and genre-related recommendations from Amazon. You can also search local concert listings on StubHub for bands in your library.

The Clean tool takes an audio fingerprint of a mislabeled song, matches it against Gracenote's Global Media Database of more than 90 million songs, and returns most likely matches which you can save to your library. It even recognizes songs from the same album so you can get both music and cover art in one pass. In our testing, it worked almost flawlessly as long as we only chose groups of 50 songs at a time, but simply selecting the entire library and trying to clean it all brought the program to a crawl. The Cover Art tool quickly offered covers for every artist it recognized, and the Now Playing section offered up music videos for the artist playing, all accessible with a click of a button.

TuneUp Companion isn't perfect, but it's a good start. As a beta release, there are still bugs to be ironed out, and a Mac client is due soon. The trial version offers 500 "cleans" and 50 cover art "finds"--not nearly enough for most libraries. An unlimited version of TuneUp Companion costs $19.95 for a one-time charge or you can get an annual subscription for $11.95.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.3 stars

    out of 276 votes

    • 5 star: 51
    • 4 star: 37
    • 3 star: 15
    • 2 star: 22
    • 1 star: 151
  • Current version:

    4.1 stars

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great tool for fixing the tags on MP3s"

    November 5, 2008  |  

    Version: TuneUp Companion 1.0.8

    Pros

    Works wonders, truly finds all mp3 information and album cover art via using the Gracenote cddb database

    Cons

    A bit slow, but this is probably as much due to the bad 3rd party software support for iTunes as to anything else

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Brilliant !!"

    November 3, 2008  |   By lesley1942

    Version: TuneUp Companion 1.0.8

    Pros

    I love it because it helps identify unnamed music, singer,title album and gets you the album cover!!

    Cons

    Not always accurate, you have to check!

    Summary

    Getting better all the time, the bugs are being ironed out bit by bit, Don't like having to uninstall and then reinstall to receive updates

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastic even if you don't need your music data clean"

    November 1, 2008  |   By xviers

    Version: TuneUp Companion 1.0.8

    Pros

    Cleans up your music, shows you oodles of info about the band and song you're listening to (including concerts, news, videos, etc.), fixes up all your album art, and it looks great.

    Cons

    It could be a little faster on really HUGE collections.

    Summary

    I love this add-on! Even after you've cleaned up all your music (which it does a fantastic job on), it's still great because as each tune plays, it shows you all the upcoming concerts that band has (if they have some), any current news about the band, the youtube videos of the song you're listening to, etc. etc.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "TuneUp saved my music collection"

    October 22, 2008  |   By paulums

    Version: TuneUp Companion 1.0.8

    Pros

    Intelligent database, easy to use and fantastic communication from the developers. And best of all it is reasonably priced!

    Cons

    Has to keep up with development in iTunes but they are never far behind and we are always well informed.

    Summary

    I'm not the best at labelling my tunes properly, as soon as I saw a review of TuneUp on Geekbrief.TV I knew I just had to have it. Especially if you have an iPhone or iPod touch you really need all the right album art to make the most of it. TuneUp will save your life!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "some suggestions for improvement..."

    October 22, 2008  |   By gympanzi

    Version: TuneUp Companion 1.0.8

    Pros

    great idea - generally good execution

    Cons

    hangs mysteriously at times; would like option to keep it from automatically starting with iTunes - don't always need it coming up; Would also like option to startup minimized...

    Summary

    When it's working - it's great. At times it seems to stall or hang mysteriously. I've listed a few suggestions for options that would improve user experience...

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I think tuneup rocks! Totally glad I bought it!"

    October 21, 2008  |   By christopherrobins

    Version: TuneUp Companion 1.0.8

    Pros

    I like how I can drop loads of my itunes library into it & it automatically scrubs it all uniform & finds thepic associated with it! Good Stuff! And they continually seek to improve the program with free updates!

    Cons

    Not much I don't like about it. Doesn't cost much, so it easily meets my expectations.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fills in the necessary info of tunes"

    October 21, 2008  |   By fwpeteo

    Version: TuneUp Companion 1.0.8

    Pros

    On my itunes, I've "accumulated" a number of tracks that have missing info (i.e., title, album name, album cover, etc.) and TuneUp is just the product to fill the missing gaps of the songs.

    Cons

    Not all songs were found but can't complain really, not at ~ 90% completion rate.

    Summary

    If you've wanted to fill in missing info on your songs, this product is it!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Amazing Application for Every Music Lover"

    October 21, 2008  |   By xNickL

    Version: TuneUp Companion 1.0.8

    Pros

    Does all the dirty work for you-- with my collection of 20,000+ songs i was just not up to the task of sorthing through one by one and fixing every detail.

    This got everything down, with minimal effort on my part. Love it.

    Cons

    Sometimes gets the wrong album cover (especially if you have a downloaded version) but the number of times this happens is minimal, and is almost unheard of for most popular music

    Summary

    amazing stuff. a must have for anyone with an itunes library over a thousand songs.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Good, but don't upgrade Itunes"

    October 21, 2008  |   By lcdangel

    Version: TuneUp Companion 1.0.8

    Pros

    It works good with Itunes 8 as long as you are paying attention to the results

    Cons

    If you update Itunes, the program stops working. The website says yiu have to reinstall both. I paid for this and it didn't make me happy to find out that i couldn't use it.

    Summary

    Overall its a good product, but don't ever update your Itunes program or you will have to reinstall both products.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good idea, but goes too far"

    October 21, 2008  |   By Fikii17

    Version: TuneUp Companion 1.0.8

    Pros

    Does a great job of finding mislabeled songs, as well as inputting info for every song.

    Cons

    If you don't pay close attention to the 'Highly Likely' suggestions, it will completely mess up song titles, and it is really hard to undo.

    Also, the song limit is really frustrating, but not all that surprising for a demo.

    Summary

    Great program so long as you pay attention to everything it does

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