Yahoo Music Jukebox

Yahoo Music Jukebox

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.0
out of 239 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.0.0.131
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
August 25, 2006
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP
Total Downloads:
6,567,733
Downloads Last Week:
1
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP

Editors' review

The latest version of the Yahoo Music Engine (YME) adds new playlist features and support for iPods. The free download includes a variety of extra content for Yahoo subscribers, including a seven-day trial of the Yahoo Music Unlimited subscription service. Users who don't want to create a Yahoo account still get lots of functionality, including ripping, burning, and playlist creation. The program performs very well as a music manager and player, and has a few features we'd like to see added to iTunes. However, aggressive system behavior and a confusing music store keep it from earning a top rating.

Unlike the beta version, the full release of YME supports the megapopular iPod portable device; unfortunately, it doesn't support the Nano or Shuffle versions, and you can't transfer music from the Unlimited service to an iPod. For Yahoo subscribers, the number of features increases. You can share music with your contacts from Yahoo Instant Messenger, listen to customized LaunchCast Radio channels, and sign up for the free seven-day trial of Yahoo Music Unlimited.

The Yahoo music store needs clarity. A credit card is required for the free Unlimited trial, and be warned it costs $4.95 per month once the seven-day period ends. Plus, in its push to promote the Unlimited service, YME fails to explain that you don't need to be a subscriber to buy burnable digital files; songs cost 79 cents for Unlimited members and 99 cents for nonmembers. However, it's very difficult to search the store without signing up for the free Unlimited trial or receiving annoying promotions for it.

Most bothersome about YME is its aggressive system behavior. The standard installation includes all the Yahoo software under the sun. The end-user license agreement is lengthy (18 pages) and unnecessarily complex. YME also requires Windows Media Format Runtime, which when installed, changed our MP3 file association to Windows Media Player. YME also tried to insert itself into our start-up menu without asking. We like the new on-the-fly playlist and sharing features, but both minor and major annoyances detract from the experience.

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  • All Versions:

    2.0

    out of 239 votes

    • 5 star: 23
    • 4 star: 19
    • 3 star: 25
    • 2 star: 38
    • 1 star: 134
  • Current Version:

    2.1

    out of 35 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 17
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  • 1 stars

    "Yahoo music jukebox socks! Keep your old MusicMatch"

    December 17, 2007   |   By dbaremig

    Version: Not Found

    Cons

    I have, and still use, MusicMatch. I paid for MusicMatch Jukebox Plus and all future upgrades and now I'm forced to this "Yapoo Jokeshocks". It's not a upgrade it's a downgrade. All of the features that made MusicMatch an excellent program are gone. !. Yahoo steals all the features I paid for, puts nag&spyware on my computer, and ask me to pay for it !!

    The music player hogs RAM, is buggy, and sounds like sh*t. The interface must be made by a child back in 1995. it's ugly.Yahoo has crammed so much paranoid DRM and spyware into this program, that it is like a virus on your hard drive. The DRM and anti-piracy layers of protection open up security holes on your machine that allow hackers to install keyloggers

    I can only say, don't touch it !, get rid off it. Yahoo musicbox socks! Keep your old MusicMatch, you can get rid of Yahoo?s ?Upgrade? nag screen by renaming ?C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\offers.mmc? to ?Offersmmc.OFF?

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  • 1 stars

    "Grotesque Parody of a Once Great Product"

    December 17, 2007   |   By Zenbob96

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Bloated, senseless, disorganized, insecure and totally frustrating to use. MMJB was agreat program and easy to use. My daughter has actually cried over this software...it is such a totall disappointment. Honestly, I cannot imagine how these "people" managed to so gut and cripple a once reat product. The last good MMJB was Version 9, and even V 8+ was vastly better than this. It all began falling apart with V 10, and Yahoo has put it into the grave totally and absolutely. Go back, and "unfix" this please!

    Cons

    It crashes. The functions and features no longer make sense. Layers of menus to do the most common tasks. Overly complicated interface. Lousy sound qualilty -- go figure, the program is sooooo resource intensive that there is no longer any memory left for actually processing the sound files. The DRM functions are creepy and insulting. Its a slap in the face to all the lifetime paid MMJB supporters. We have all been cheated. It this goofy thing actually was stable and worked, it might be tolerable. This is like bad beta software. It's free, but it's way too expensive! Try Media Monkey, Songbird or some other alternative.

    They are simple, easy on resources and fast, even with huge music libraries distributed over multiple drives.

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  • 4 stars

    "Easy to use, networks with ease!"

    December 16, 2007   |   By joswearingen

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Installed cleanly and easily. Networked in a snap (if you have multiple computers, this software actually works.) Supports album cover photos, and adds track names to cd's you burn.

    If you are looking for an easy way to store, select, play, and burn from an existing (legal) cd library, this might be a good choice.

    Cons

    Doesn't always 'recognize' all your cd's. Out of about 200 CD's, maybe 6 wouldn't load. It won't let you add 'home burned' cd's. Musicians gotta make money too.

    Not for people who dislike being monitored by Yahoo, or to house a bootleg library. I don't bootleg, period, so it's a good, easy solution for my needs. Haven't tried to purchase any music yet, nor have I upgraded to the 'full' version. Don't use an MP3 player, so I can't comment on that either.

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  • 1 stars

    "sucks"

    December 16, 2007   |   By verrettc

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    I don't like this it was great until yahoo took over

    Cons

    I don't like this it was great until yahoo took over

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  • 1 stars

    "JUNK! JUNK! JUNK!"

    December 16, 2007   |   By TomInVa

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    NOT 1 THING

    Cons

    I agree with all the other comments. This is the worst software ever. I too purchased a lifetime upgrade to Music Match, guess that ment "software lifetime" and not my lifetime (LOL). Anyone know of any other software that is more compatable with MM (that has supertags at least). I have been searching the web for days for a better or compatable software to MM, but no luck. Also, check out PC World's article on the Yahoo software. BRINGING BACK MUSIC MATCH WOULD MAKE A WONDERFUL X'MAS GIFT FOR ALL OF US :).

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  • 1 stars

    "A Giant Step Backwards"

    December 15, 2007   |   By gerenr

    Version: Not Found

    Cons

    MMJB was a reliable constant companion for many years. Why did Yahoo think they have to fix something that wasn't broken??! Asinine! The replacement Yahoo music program looks and feels like a beta version of music software that might have been offered in the early days of internet. Keep your old version of MMJB, even if many features (like super tagging) requiring an internet connection no longer work.

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  • 1 stars

    "It is terrible"

    December 14, 2007   |   By austinmd

    Version: Not Found

    Cons

    It costs a fortune and it has few of the originial Musicmatch Jukebox Plus features...

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  • 1 stars

    "CRAP.....WON'T LET ME BURN....I WANT MY MUSICMATCH BACK!!!"

    December 12, 2007   |   By zerano

    Version: Not Found

    Cons

    A CD WASTER BECAUSE IT RARELY FINISHES A BURN CORRECTLY......RRRRRRRRRRR I WANT MY MUSICMATCH JUKEBOX BACK!!!! UNLIMITED MUSIC TO EXPENSIVE FOR YEARLY SUBSCRIPTION! AWFUL SOFTWARE

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  • 1 stars

    "Yahoo player ruined a good player"

    December 09, 2007   |   By NAKEDJAZZMAN

    Version: Not Found

    Cons

    This player does not deliver on what it claims to be is no more than a copy of itunes player only not as good The original musicmatch was far superior in versatility and ease of use . especially for use as a platform for internet radio Yahoo should return to the musicmatch jukebox model.

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  • 1 stars

    "If CNET gives a product a decent rating , stay away from it."

    December 08, 2007   |   By bounders

    Version: Not Found

    Cons

    As soon as the radio launches the nag screen from a sponsor pops up and freezes the software dead in it's tracks. I've tried to use YMM on both Xp and Vista with the identical results.

    I'll stay a loyal iTunes user.

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