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Musicbee, best music manager/player?

post #1 of 53
Thread Starter 

I just came across Musicbee and was absolutely stunned, I immediately thought that it was what Songbirg tried to be but failed at being.

So why it is good, just check the features.

 

Unbuggy library management?               Check

Even with 10000+ files?                            Check again

WASAPI/ASIO support?                             Check

Auto tag, Album art search?                      Check

Transcoding (including lossess)?          Check

Smart playlists?                                          Check

Auto lyrics?                                                  Check

Last.fm artist biography, genre... ?         Check

DAP management?                                   Check

Cue files/AccrurateRip                     Check

 

All of the above out of the box?    CHECK

Free?                                             CHECK

 

ManageMusicSmall.jpg

 

And best of all it's has a reasonable memory footprint and runs without lag when searching for something.

 

As for the cons, fb2k is remains faster and more responsive and it only runs with windows. Still a super app though.

EDIT: More cons, not open source, but it's a philosophical issue rather than one of functionality.


Edited by khaos974 - 8/30/10 at 10:16pm
post #2 of 53

So what does it offer over foobar2000? The GUI turns me off though, i find my columns UI without much tinkering looks much better. 

post #3 of 53

Very nice.

 

Windows offers so many nice music softwares.  There are sure to be a few that meets the needs of someone, although some of the smaller players like XMPlay have their niche following and won't change no matter what.

 

Now all these programmers have to do is work on making a fully functional player for Mac OSX.  iTunes still has the Lions share, which is very sad because it generally sucks.

 

post #4 of 53
Thread Starter 

Everything works out of the box with no component to download and configure, maybe?
I would stay it's for people who want the possibilities offered by a fairly tweaked foobar with the convenience of itunes, or the people who want a Songbird that works.

 

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Originally Posted by darknessproz View Post

So what does it offer over foobar2000? The GUI turns me off though, i find my columns UI without much tinkering looks much better. 


Edited by khaos974 - 8/30/10 at 7:04am
post #5 of 53

MS Windows only?               Check

That and the lack of open source mean that it is far from being what Songbirg tried to be (or am) - a cross-platform, free and open source audio player. 

post #6 of 53


Foobar2000 works fairly well out of the box as well, just need to add a wasapi or asio component for bitperfect. And like krmathis said, not open source

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Originally Posted by khaos974 View Post

Everything works out of the box with no component to download and configure, maybe?
I would stay it's for people who want the possibilities offered by a fairly tweaked foobar with the convenience of itunes, or the people who want a Songbird that works.

 



 
post #7 of 53
Thread Starter 

To be fair, iTunes works pretty well on OSX, and I even listed its sole windows compatibility as a con in the OP.

Besides I was speaking in terms of functionality, not in term of design philosophy.

You don't get lyrics, artist info, covert art, search dap management with fb2k out of the box.

post #8 of 53
Thread Starter 

You may want to try Clementine, it's both open source and cross platform, it is still very new and unpolished though.
 

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Originally Posted by krmathis View Post

MS Windows only?               Check

That and the lack of open source mean that it is far from being what Songbirg tried to be (or am) - a cross-platform, free and open source audio player. 

post #9 of 53

musicbee has, indeed converted many foobar/songbird, etc.users just because it is easily configured right out of the box.

Look, if open source & mac compatible is your thing, look elseware, but don't knock this player without giving it a try, after all, it's free.

 

The developer of musicbee is open & receptive to all suggestions, and puts out updates weekly, based on user feedback.

Support on his website  is 1st rate.

 

musicbee.jpg

post #10 of 53

True about the lyrics etc.. seems like a good player, but i'll still be sticking with my as yet unconfigured foobar2000. 
 

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Originally Posted by khaos974 View Post

To be fair, iTunes works pretty well on OSX, and I even listed its sole windows compatibility as a con in the OP.

Besides I was speaking in terms of functionality, not in term of design philosophy.

You don't get lyrics, artist info, covert art, search dap management with fb2k out of the box.

post #11 of 53

This player looks interesting indeed.  How does gapless playback perform with it?  I like to try new players out and will give it a shot if the gapless is truly gapless. 

 

Thanks for the heads up.

post #12 of 53

It's a nice promising player.


Edited by JulioCat2 - 8/31/10 at 9:09am
post #13 of 53

I LOVE Musicbee!

 

Only problem is that I can't seem to get WASAPI to work. It stutters and sounds like crap when I use it. Anyone know what I am doing wrong?

post #14 of 53
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Originally Posted by HeatFan12 View Post

This player looks interesting indeed.  How does gapless playback perform with it?  I like to try new players out and will give it a shot if the gapless is truly gapless. 

 

Thanks for the heads up.

Gapless is, truly gapless, both with Direct Sound and ASIO.

post #15 of 53
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Originally Posted by Aiml3ss View Post

I LOVE Musicbee!

 

Only problem is that I can't seem to get WASAPI to work. It stutters and sounds like crap when I use it. Anyone know what I am doing wrong?


I'm on XP, so I haven't had an opportunity to try it, but there is an ongoing thread here

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