Yahoo Music Jukebox

Yahoo Music Jukebox

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.0.131
  • Total Downloads:
    6,567,733
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 25, 2006
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.1

    out of 35 votes

    • 5 star 3
    • 4 star 3
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 7
    • 1 star 17
  • All Versions

    2.0

    out of 239 votes

    • 5 star 23
    • 4 star 19
    • 3 star 25
    • 2 star 38
    • 1 star 134
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1 stars

"Do not download! Save your taime!"

April 15, 2007  |  By hamzekanlo

 |  Version: Yahoo Music Jukebox 2.0.0.131

Pros

It reminds me of Music Match jukebox because it is based on Music Match jukebox.

Cons

Yet another perfectly god application (Music Match) that gets f*** up by Yahoo.

I liked music match better. Yahoo tries too much and it fails to deliver. This jukebox has too many bugs. Is it still in beta?

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1 stars

"Yahoo killed my favorite program"

April 09, 2007  |  By khusroks

 |  Version: Yahoo Music Jukebox 2.0.0.131

Cons

Musicmatch Jukebox was the best program out there for listening to music. Yahoo has replaced it with a dumbed-down iTunes knock-off with none of the extensive library management features of the old player. I would keep the old musicmatch, only they never made it compatible with Vista. Shame on you, Yahoo. Everyone I've talked to who used to be a Musicmatch user is now switching to rhapsody.

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1 stars

"bad"

March 28, 2007  |  By trk1248

 |  Version: Yahoo Music Jukebox 2.0.0.131

Pros

bad

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1 stars

"Yahoo acting like beginners"

March 06, 2007  |  By eFatta

 |  Version: Yahoo Music Jukebox 2.0.0.131

Pros

It does offer a similar platform to that of MusicMatch.That's it.

Cons

It loaded all the files on my hard drive only not to be able to play back a good number of them. When it comes to burning, it does not recognize my CD burner while all the others do,WMP,iTunes,MusicMatch,MediaMonkey...

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1 stars

"not very good"

March 02, 2007  |  By maullin

 |  Version: Yahoo Music Jukebox 2.0.0.131

Pros

it plays music, but ...

Cons

... it slowed my system to a crawl. I couldn't do anything else while using this program

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2 stars

"Be prepared to be frustrated. (Originally posted review for Yahoo Unlimited)"

March 01, 2007  |  By cavrchota

 |  Version: Yahoo Music Jukebox 2.0.0.131

Pros

The selection is pretty good. There was just a handful of songs that I searched for and could not purchase. Price is reasonable.

Cons

The Yahoo Music Jukebox is a terrible program. It chews up resources and has a number of problems, including freezing and not closing when you want it to close.

DRM is a nightmare, and Yahoo customer support and tech support are terrible. It takes at least 24 hours to get a response. Any problem that can't be solved with a canned response is "escalated" to a higher rep, which adds another day. Even after you get escalated, if the first solution they offer doesn't work, they seem to be clueless on how to help you. I've been unable to listen to about $75 worth of music for a month now because there was an error with my DRM file, and the first fix they offered ended up deleting my license backup. They seem to have no clue on how to help me reacquire licenses for my music. I've now gone over a week without a response.

When it works, this program is a good way to legally buy music. Just don't hold high hopes for it working all that reliably.

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3 stars

"Cash Up Front."

February 19, 2007  |  By tjm626

 |  Version: Yahoo Music Jukebox 2.0.0.131

Pros

This has a great selection of OnDemand streaming music.

Cons

The bad thing about this is the fact that you have to PAY for software updates and extras services. Like faster CD burning, and a sound boost. If I am paying a monthly fee for this service, you'd THINK you'd get updates at no extra charge. There is an option to pay $59.99 upfront to get all the updates automatically. I think not. I'm keeping my Rhapsody.

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4 stars

"great program, but several flaws"

February 14, 2007  |  By robdgarf83

 |  Version: Yahoo Music Jukebox 2.0.0.131

Pros

music discovery/recommendations are great. while a little more expensive than other services, together, launchcast plus, discounted downloads, yahoo! unlimited and the to go options are worth it. i've collected about 700+ songs together.

Cons

DON'T USE THIS TO ORGANIZE YOUR LIBRARY!! Whenever files are imported into Yahoo Music Jukebox, it reads and rewrites the file tag to what it thinks is correct. Any artist whose name starts with "The" (ie "The Killers") will end up with that name becoming ", The" ("Killers, The"). The some goes with album titles.

As others have said, the program contains several features which slow down it's performance. if you could disable the features you don't use, it possibly could be better. but i think that with each release the load time gets slightly better.

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2 stars

"Major flaws in this program!"

February 09, 2007  |  By gothrock06

 |  Version: Yahoo Music Jukebox 2.0.0.131

Pros

Easy to use and user-friendly interface.

Cons

As some serious flaws and corrupted uses.

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1 stars

"Crap"

January 31, 2007  |  By cheezleman

 |  Version: Yahoo Music Jukebox 2.0.0.131

Pros

None

Cons

Didnt install, got to 99% then i left for 5 hours, nothing happened

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What's new in version 2.0.0.131
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General
Publisher Yahoo Music
Publisher web site http://music.yahoo.com/
Release Date August 25, 2006
Date Added August 25, 2006
Version 2.0.0.131
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Media Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP
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File Size Not Available
File Name Not available
Popularity
Total Downloads 6,567,733
Downloads Last Week 1
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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