TuneUp

Editors' Rating:
2.5
Average
Average User Rating:
2.4
out of 284 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.4.8.5
File Size:
34.05MB
Date Added:
November 21, 2013
Price:
Free to try (50 song clean-ups, 25 album cover saves & 25 duplicate removals); $24.98 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements:
iTunes 10.7+ with Quicktime installed OR Windows Media Player (WMP) 11+

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 Versions:

    2.4

    out of 284 votes

    • 5 star: 54
    • 4 star: 39
    • 3 star: 15
    • 2 star: 23
    • 1 star: 153
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    3.4

    out of 8 votes

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  • 0 stars

    "Complete Crap, I honestly tried it."

    August 03, 2014   |   By Keezie88

    Version: TuneUp 2.4.8.5

    Pros

    None. I demoed my music library with a copy with already known songs and albums with removed information.

    Cons

    The program did not find ANY of the correct information on 33 test tracks. I removed the information manually on each track just to see if this program was only adware, which it is. I would never waste any money on it, I'd suggest you do the same. The program was unable to find any correct information really on any of the 33 songs.

    It listed Lorde's single Team from the album Team as "NOW 50: That's What I Call Music".. Do you really want that crap in your library?

    Summary

    This program is honestly complete crap for the price they're charging. I wouldn't pay a dollar for it or take it even if they offered it for free. Malwarebytes blocks the PUP.Optional.OpenCandy from the program from installing if you download it from here, cnet.

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  • 1 stars

    "My itunes library looks exactly the same...."

    May 28, 2014   |   By raymond-de-luna

    Version: TuneUp 2.4.8.5

    Pros

    i really can't think of any pros... sorry

    Cons

    the cons are endless... i just wanted my library fixed and now i'm 40 $ short

    Summary



    Updated on May 28, 2014

    they want you to buy your music back after you spend the 40$ just for the program... Everybody at my job almost downloaded this but i stopped them. im a hero... junk!!!!

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  • 1 stars

    "Mangled my library"

    May 21, 2014   |   By mpias

    Version: TuneUp 2.4.8.5

    Pros

    Enthusiastic and imaginative.

    Cons

    Guesses too often and is wrong more often than not.

    Summary

    I got this piece of junk a few months ago as part of a package and I'm sorry I ever ran it. If it can't find a match it will guess, very often choosing completely unrelated names and artwork.

    It took a while to realize what a mess TuneUp had made of my library so restoring from a backup was out of the question. Now I spend large chunks of free time changing mountains of fictitious metadata.

    It's like having a spelling checker that will replace normally spelled words with typos.

    i'll stick with MPFreaker. If it can't find the information at least it leaves it blank. It doesn't make things up just to fill empty space.

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  • 5 stars

    "Your iTunes Mechanic"

    May 11, 2014   |   By trashami

    Version: TuneUp 2.4.8.5

    Pros

    iTunes Library can be cluttered and incomplete with lots of untitled, unknown, track1, duplicate tracks, and missing cover arts. Sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you know for sure you imported the songs and you just can't find them because it does not have a label or picture or enough info, or you have playlists with missing tracks information... Luckily there's an excellent tool for the job called TuneUp. TuneUp is a great add-on for iTunes.

    Cons

    Tuneup will launch automatically with iTunes and can be docked to the side of iTunes window (granting you left it enough screen space to do so). Sometimes the screen does not stay on top of iTunes so clicking songs and dragging simply "hides" the tuneup window, but you can fix by reducing the size of iTunes so that TuneUp can properly attach to iTunes and click the attach button in TuneUp. If you are not switching displays or do not alter your screen resolution, your positions will be remembered for future sessions

    Summary

    What can TuneUp do:

    Analyze:
    ?A great way to know how many songs are missing or have inaccurate information, you simply switch to the tab of Analyze and click the Analyze button. TuneUp will create a folder called "TuneUp Dirty" and under it a playlist lab led with the date and time you ran analyze.

    Cleanup:

    Automagically find all missing information about the tracks you have in your music library, by drag and drop songs onto the cleanup tab. TuneUp will show you matches for your tracks info which you can approve or ignore by clicking the check or X icon on each match. At the end it will create a playlist with the cleanup items, this is a setting you can toggle in the preferences of TuneUp.

    Undo:

    TuneUp is non destructive it keeps a backup info of the tracks it cleaned if you ever need to reset the track info to what it was before.

    Remove Duplicates:

    TuneUp will remove duplicates tracks upon your review. TuneUp does not permanently delete the duplicate tracks that you remove from your music library. Instead, they are placed in a folder called "TuneUp Duplicates", located on your hard drive. Duplicate tracks are often the source for a bloated iTunes Library, and this does a great job in removing them and keeping a history of the files that were removed

    Tuniverse:

    TuneUp will show you relevant YouTube videos, lyrics, share with friends via twitter and more...


    Overall - The software usability is great, the interface is pretty straight forward?one caveat is that you must resize the window of iTunes to have enough space for attaching TuneUP to the side of iTunes. It's a great way to fill missing info and review it. TuneUp keeps things organized in playlists so it makes it very easy to use and does all the hard work for you by analyzing your library. Trial version will only get you about 20 tracks to cleanup, and if your library is a few thousands songs its a tool you must have.

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  • 2 stars

    "Clean is not so clean"

    May 10, 2014   |   By lingenfr

    Version: TuneUp 2.4.8.5

    Pros

    The reduplicate works OK
    The album art works but not well

    Cons

    The clean is a nightmare that will hose your library

    Summary

    I got this as part of a $2 Tuesday bundle. I decided to try it and my iTunes could certainly use a tuneup. I am not sure how their algorithm works, but it took recognized albums and split them over multiple incorrect albums. Some were so hosed that I couldn't even manually sort them out. Uninstall. Don't waste your money. If it takes you longer to "clean up" after tuneups "cleanup" than it would to do it manually, where is the value. I can't even communicate how stupid this app is.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great Product and works fantastic"

    May 05, 2014   |   By wpegg1

    Version: TuneUp 2.4.8.5

    Pros

    excellent integration, works well with other applications, looks clean and not too busy

    Cons

    i wasn't able to find any. it all seemed to work well for me!

    Summary

    TuneUp is great! I love how it seamless works with Windows Media Player. I recently moved all my playlists from my old computer to my new one and it was missing a lot of the track information and this app was able to help me reorganize everything and even find the cover art for the songs! It is super easy to use and works great on Windows 8.1. I also used it with my iTunes account and it works great with it too. I like how it docks itself with the media player. It helps to keep it together when I have so many tabs open so I don't lose it. I also really like how it scanned my library for duplicate songs. My iPhone is getting pretty full and seeing that there are duplicate songs I can remove will definitely help me save some space! The other great thing about TuneUp is the Tuniverse option which helps me to see what kind of music is trending. I like being able to keep up with the times and this definitely helps me find cool new music.

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  • 4 stars

    "Getting Somewhere: TuneUp's Latest Modest Triumph"

    May 02, 2014   |   By Music_Junky89

    Version: TuneUp 2.4.8.5

    Pros

    Taking a direct approach to a new model for users - plenty of whom voiced concerns after the 3.0 rollout - my main question was how far TuneUp would reach with regular updates, new tools, and programming. Would they stick to fixes or press on with what was already a fairly ambitious process: to provide multi-platform music library organization. So where's it all going with TuneUp? The answer: their new app keeps it simple with digi-analog charm but kicks up the community vibe by expanding things into the Tuniverse - a scary-fast dive into peripheral content that's targeted to your current musical selection.

    Cons

    Overall some users are sure to keep wishing for more bells and whistles. Others may not feel like even thinking about updating or organizing their cluttered music libraries. But trust - once you've cleaned it out and de-duped (with the thankfully user-friendly new interface) - you'll find a lot of room to breathe and even play around in TuneUp's quiet, almost sneaky little world of art, sound, and ideas.

    Summary

    So is everything in order? Things run now - and quickly. One of TuneUp's initial strengths was how seamlessly and unobtrusively it integrated with a library; though they struggled with finding cause to get users to take the time to engage in library organization. But overstuffing with unrelated content wasn't the answer, and neither was a more in-your-face or ultra-slick approach. So things are effective, fast, and even surprising. Playfulness and expansiveness is retained even though overall - it's a simpler, cleaner ballpark.
    Once you've used the "Clean" function to organize your library, the "DeDuper" to remove duplicates, and begun to enjoy your tunes - it's easy to get lost in the Tuniverse of links to content related to the track you're currently playing. So whether it's a song from a favorite record or an audiobook - in a snap; some pretty quirky targeted links are thrown together in an inviting little presentation; sort of like suddenly finding a funky store at the mall that's entirely devoted to the artist you're listening to.
    TuneUp is worth it and more for those who expect a full-tilt music library experiences that knows what ground it wants to cover and keeps things lively.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great tool for organizing music folder!"

    April 30, 2014   |   By azoya186

    Version: TuneUp 2.4.8.5

    Pros

    Organizes and categorizes music
    user friendly
    retrieved missing album artwork

    Cons

    i honestly found none

    Summary

    I really enjoyed using this tool at first I wasn't sure how to use it but after playing with the software for a little while I found it was a great tool for cleaning up my music collection and adding the missing album art. I like all of my music to have album at because it helps me distinguish the songs. I don't think that it slowed my system down and it worked just as another program would, it doesn't eat up any extra resources. I actually found it organized my music collection quite efficiently by adding name and album information. This tool is definitely recommended to anyone who has a messy music collection.

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  • 4 stars

    "A great tool for music lovers!"

    April 29, 2014   |   By hmchristi

    Version: TuneUp 2.4.8.5

    Pros

    Cleans up music library and works well with itunes

    Cons

    A little tricky to figure out at first but company had great customer service to help me!

    Summary

    TuneUp is a great tool that any music lover should have. I downloaded and installed TuneUp with no problem and upgraded to the full version right away. I had a bit of difficulty figuring out that I needed to get TuneUp to attach to the iTunes and the drag and drop feature was difficult at first, but the company was quick to respond with usage assistance, and good customer service deserves 5 stars in itself. I spent a little time playing around with the software but once I figured it out it was a breeze to clean up my disastrous music library! Missing album covers, misspelled names, songs labeled wrong are now a thing of the past for me. I really loved this software, it functions easily and worked properly, it didn't even slow my system down as I worked in the background while it worked! This is the newest version, 2.48 - which functions much better than 3.0! Check it out! I most definitely recommend this software!

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