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TuneUp

CNET Editors' review

TuneUp scans your music library in seconds, but its free version is limited and doesn't seem fully operational. If you don't want to put in the work, yourself, to get all of your track information, then it's probably worth the fee, if the program actually worked. There are some pesky browser toolbars and add-ons hiding in the installation, as well. That's pretty annoying for a program that asks you to pay for it.

This program scans your music library and then fills in the gaps of information in your files. It's supposed to cross-reference track information with its large server of files to fill in the artist, album, genre, and other information your file might not already have. The program scanned 2,000 tracks in about six minutes for us, which is a decent speed by most standards. After scanning, TuneUp grades your library by listing how many files require no work and how many need to be updated. It also lets you drop files you want to update by using its Drag n' Drop tab. However, the drag and drop feature didn't work for us. We managed to drag one of our files in and the program started analyzing it, but it failed to display anything useful. It only displayed the info. about how to drag and drop files. In addition, the trial version of the program limits you to fixing 50 files before asking you to pay up; for us this also didn't work, as we couldn't really fix anything. Even if you don't pay, the program still hounds you to register every time you open it.

TuneUp could save you plenty of time fixing the metadata of all of your downloaded tracks, but it doesn't seem to let you do much without subscribing. So we can't really recommend this program, as its trial version only identifies files that need fixing, and nothing else. This looks like a problem developers should really address in this version.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of TuneUp 3.0.5.3.

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All User Reviews

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  • 4.0 stars

    "UPDATE 3/15/14: TuneUp is now working with v2.4.8.5!"

    March 15, 2014  |   By CoolDerrick

    Version: TuneUp 3.0.5.3

    Pros

    The software corrects song info, files them in the proper album and pulls the album art as well. The program is working at a good pace while straightening out my library. I have a Win7 Pro x64 system on a an Asus Z68V Pro Mobo with a Core i7-2600K with 16GB RAM; my boot drive is a SATA3 500GB SSD and my data drive is a 2TB HDD, which is where my music is located. I have >10K songs in my library.

    Cons

    After uninstalling v3.x and reverting back to v2.48.5. I haven't seen any cons yet.

    Summary

    Te folks at TuneUp Media are back in business! The remaining people formed a company and bought the holdings of the original outfit. Anyway, they've also re-released v2.4.8.5 which was a much better and functional version than v3.x. I've already downloaded, installed and used it. It works like a charm! I registered the software using my original key as well. No problems here! I gave them 4 out of 5 stars for resuming operations and for reverting back to a version that worked well. This saved me from having to spend for other software to deal with my library. YAAAY!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Beware, do not buy this software."

    February 23, 2014  |   By dpriest47

    Version: TuneUp 3.0.5.3

    Pros

    Not many, does work but very slow.

    Cons

    The software download is full of malware. The worst being Fox TV which is very difficult if not impossible to remove. An absolute disgrace for software that you purchase. Even the new 2014 version is slow. Its advertised as have lyrics but it doesn't. All emails are just ignored.

    Summary

    Do not purchase, it's a bad buy, look for an alternative

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  • 1.0 stars

    "OUT OF BUSINESS!"

    February 7, 2014  |   By JohnCB1

    Version: TuneUp 3.0.5.3

    Pros

    Version 3 totally ruined the program -

    And I guess I am not the only one that thought so. From their website

    "As of yesterday, January 31st, 2014, TuneUp Media officially ceased operations as a company. The service will continue to operate for a very short but indeterminate period of time, and after that period, the software will no longer operate. We encourage all users to fix as many tracks as they can and get as much use from the software as possible during this brief period. "

    Cons

    To many to list

    Summary

    It is a shame. It was great software till it tried to be more than what people wanted.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I want Tune-Up to realize their mistake!!"

    February 6, 2014  |   By Danny_404

    Version: TuneUp 3.0.5.3

    Pros

    The first version was everything I wanted it to be, with individual choices of songs with cover size choice as well as the 4 seperate categories to choose from

    Cons

    The new update with Automagic has run this program into the ground. Not only does it take 20 minutes to "sync" with my library. I haven't been able to Drag and Drop with the ease of the previous version. The company thought Automagic would bring ease to the user interface. It takes less time for me to get EACH PIECE OF INFO FROM THE CORNERS OF THE INTERNET than the time is takes Automagic to s@+! job it so claims to do. I hope they realize the huge mistake they made and I hope to see the next update revert the old style. Until then, I leave an extremely unsattisfied customer and it is clear...that I am not the only one

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  • 1.0 stars

    "First versions were great. Now it is useless"

    February 5, 2014  |   By crinop

    Version: TuneUp 3.0.5.3

    Pros

    There are none. It does nothing it says it does. Every upgrade has gotten worse. It is now easier to just use Shazam on my phone and type the tags myself.

    Cons

    The program takes 10 minutes to load every time you want to tag a song. It does not handle a song catalog of over 50 songs. When it does find a song to fix, it is often wrong. The "settings" functions to not work. Just bad.

    Summary

    Save your money. This used to be a decent application. It is now junk and the company does not respond to support.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

    January 28, 2014  |   By Bbabbaloo

    Version: TuneUp 3.0.5.3

    Pros

    Previous version was good. Now, it tends to aggregate many songs into one album. For example, Grammy Nominees. I want a separate album for Taylor Swift, one for Bruno Mars etc. Even if I put the songs in individually, they still get grouped as Grammy nominees. What a huge disappointment.

    Cons

    Everything. It sucks. Oh well, it served me well for several years so I guess I got my money's worth. Have to find a new equivalent.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This stuff is crap!!!"

    January 21, 2014  |   By bobmanna

    Version: TuneUp 3.0.5.3

    Pros

    If it did what it advertised it would be good

    Cons

    In the month or so that I've had it, it still hasn't completed sorting out my collection. It sits there saying it's fixing my albums for days. When I restart it just does the same thing.

    Waste of money

    Summary

    Don't buy it it's crap. Their technical support is non existent.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Tuneup is a true scam."

    January 14, 2014  |   By thomasdickert

    Version: TuneUp 3.0.5.3

    Pros

    Have not seen one.

    Cons

    they dont respond to emails. The tool doesnt fix duplicates. It takes forever for the tool to act like it is repairing your music but after 5 straight days running to clean up it only makes my library worse. If you purchase this jus remeber that ou were warned by a true review. If you find a positive review it must be from their own website opimization team.

    Summary

    Go donate your money elsewhere

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Horrible! I classify this software as SCAM"

    January 12, 2014  |   By Lostan

    Version: TuneUp 3.0.5.3

    Pros

    - The interface looks nice.

    Cons

    - Crashes all the time, limited to 10000 tracks, but it crashes even with 70 tracks. I spent $50 and lots of my precious time trying to find a way to work. It's a waste of time and money.

    - HORRIBLE customer service, they not even answer you.

    Summary

    TuneUp is a waste of money... do your homework, many-many people experiencing errors with it. I wish I had researched more before.

    I'm taking the time to post this because TuneUp never worked and the customer service never answered me.

    - Error 1: TuneUp can't cope even with 70 tracks.
    - Extremely slooowww .... sometimes you let the software running for 3 days and see only little progress ...

    I am not advocating for any other iTunes clean-up tool... I haven't tried another yet. I'm running an I7 with 8 Gb RAM memory!

    If you get it - best of luck.
    Leo

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Should have read the user reviews"

    January 12, 2014  |   By ranmaru2103

    Version: TuneUp 3.0.5.3

    Pros

    Future updates might worth trying

    Cons

    Very slow and extremely suspicious

    Summary

    I stupidly bought the software and tried hard to get anything out of it. Tried it on two different computers, with Win7 on one and XP on the other, and here is my experience:

    1. At the installation you already need to be careful or TuneUp Media installs a Real player and Fox TV for you. Something I find very unacceptable for paid software.
    2. At every startup the software needs to sync your library to the internet, which takes, depending on your library about one to five minutes.
    3. After pressing 'Automagic' You get a list of planned changes, where you can go through and choose which you will apply and which you want to ignore. Here I miss an option to use a different search method or an offer of a few different albums for failures.
    4. And then comes the very suspicious thing: for writing the found information into the mp3 tags it takes about 10 minutes per song! In that time it could be completely up- and downloaded again from the internet. What is going on there? I hope it's a bug and not uploading the whole content of my hard drive.

    Conclusion: Be careful! Maybe it will be useful with a major update, but certainly don't waste money on it now.

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