TuneUp's easy ID3 tag cleaning comes to WMP

TuneUp ID3 tag software comes to Windows Media Player

A couple years back, iTunes faithful were rewarded with TuneUp Companion, a handy plug-in that makes filling in, cleaning up, and correcting ID3 tags for tracks in one's music library a cinch. Now, those who prefer Windows Media Player for their music management and playback have been invited to the party. As of today, users will be able to download a version of the software for WMP from the TuneUp Web site. Even better, the first 50 CNET readers to e-mail TuneUp will receive a code to activate a Gold account, which regularly costs $29.95.

Those who opt for TuneUp Gold won't be subjected to the restrictions of the Lite version of the software, which only allows you to to clean up 1,000 songs and add 50 pieces of cover art to the tags. In addition to automatically downloading missing album art, the program offers a super straightforward "click to clean" interface that mounts directly within the right-hand frame of WMP.

In addition to offering a no-hassle tool for cleaning up your ID3 tags, TuneUp includes a few other handy features. For instance, simply play a track and the plug-in window will populate artist bios, on-demand music videos from YouTube, and even upcoming concert information with links to buy tickets. You can also share your "Top 5" artists, albums, and songs directly via Facebook and Twitter.

Along with the TuneUp app for WMP, the company is launching a new feature called Tuniverse, which allows users to access comprehensive artist information by clicking on an artist or song shared via the software.