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Old 12-26-03, 05:25 PM
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Best program for a pc "jukebox"?

I have a ton of MP3's on my new pc and I'd like a way to turn it into a jukebox.

I like to keep my MP3's in folders by the artist, or year (for one-hit-wonders), for when i want to find that one song.

But I'd like to be able to hit say "80's" and have my pc play only my 80's MP3's, or hit "Soft Rock" and have it play Cat Stevens and Rod Stewart, etc.

Any ideas?
Old 12-26-03, 05:48 PM
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probably winamp, might need to get a plugin to do exactly what you want
Old 12-26-03, 06:03 PM
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Re: Best program for a pc "jukebox"?

Originally posted by namrufmot
I like to keep my MP3's in folders by the artist, or year (for one-hit-wonders), for when i want to find that one song.

But I'd like to be able to hit say "80's" and have my pc play only my 80's MP3's, or hit "Soft Rock" and have it play Cat Stevens and Rod Stewart, etc.
iTunes will do everything you want simply and more without the need of manually organizing your file structure. It'll do it for you.

iTunes
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iTunes is now far superior to Winamp.
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Just a warning, mot...if you value how your mp3s are currently named don't let iTunes take control of them. I mistakenly did that it renamed all 11 GBs of mp3s I had
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You could turn the manage library feature off (that's what renames them), but that's a big part of what makes iTunes cool. Why would I want to manually name and organize my file structure when iTunes can do it for me. It just relies on you having the proper id3 tag information filled out. If you've had the bad habit of never using id3 tags and only editing the filename then yes you may have some issues, but once that's straightened out it is oh so much easier and more compatible with other players and platforms.
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Originally posted by Kevin M. Dean
You could turn the manage library feature off (that's what renames them), but that's a big part of what makes iTunes cool. Why would I want to manually name and organize my file structure when iTunes can do it for me.
Right, but the point is, if you've already got your entire collection named the way you like it, you don't want iTunes mucking with it.

Frankly, I don't like iTunes. I found it to be slow, and I just didn't like the way it worked. I use and love Windows Media Player 9.
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jetAudio is the best there is.
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The one major thing that kept me away from iTunes was the fact I couldn't minimize the player to the system trey or in the compact mode, have it stay on top of windows....now back your regularly scheduled discussion
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Musicmatch
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Old 12-29-03, 07:42 AM
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I've used many MP3 programs, Winamp, MusicMatch, Windows Media Player, iTunes, RealOne. I really like how MusicMatch handles my music collection. Once you've fixed the tags (I didn't know so many of my songs were messed up until I installed MusicMatch). It has everything you could possibility need, great program!

Go for MusicMatch.
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How do you fix the tags under musicmatch?
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You can either right click on a single song or the artist and select Edit Track Tag and update as needed.
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One more for music match. Of course the only other one I've tried was Winamp and didn't care for it. So I can't vouch for iTunes
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I have always been a big fan of Winamp... there may be better ones out there, but once you like something, you tend to stick with it.
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I vote for Musicmatch as well. The "view by Genre" option will do exactly what you are looking for. If you set them up properly.
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Well I tried Winamp and I didnt care for it too much, so i tried Musicmatch. I love it!

It does everything I want to. I can edit all the song tags, give each song a genre (so when I want to listen to oldies I only have to click one button), and it also lets me give each song a year (so when I want to listen to only 80's I can do that)

and a little birdy told me where to get the pro version so I can rip cds even faster!
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www.virtualmusicjukebox.com
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I use iTunes, MusicMatch, and MS Media Player. All three are very good. These days I prefer iTunes because I have an iPod and iTunes works seamlessly with iPod.
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Anyone every try Media Jukebox its a nice program.

Also check out MEDIA CENTER! Version 9.1 has just been released. MC supports Apple iPod and TiVo™ Home Media Option.

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