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Wednesday, December 07, 2005
  Geek Candy: For the wannabe digital Audiophile
I found this to be a wonderful validation of my madness, er.. I mean methodology.
Mp3TagStudio is the best all-around tool for bulk tagging that I have used to date. There are easier to use tools and tools that do certain features better. However for the Swiss-army knife approach you can't beat mp3Tag Studio.
He has recently gone to a more intrusive shareware nag screen, so I quite upgrading my version. I am however actually intending to pay for a license as useful as it is to me.
Similarly Winamp has upgraded itelf into near uselessness. The new version comes preconfigured with AOL media content (blech) and tons of bloatware.
The older version of Winamp don't have all the bells and whistles, it just works. Unlike Musicmatch Jukebox, Winamp can load my music database in seconds versus minutes in Musicmatch.
Another fun feature is running shoutcast media streams from your computer. With the added feature of a web-based media control panel. So you can stream a playlist over the internet and control the playback from a webpage anywhere there is an internet connection.

Best of all, it's freeware.
Wired News: The Digital Audiophile's Toolbox: "Still, the gap between low-end digital recordings and high-end digital recordings is so vast -- and the means to fix the worst failings so well within the bounds of average folks on a budget -- that a look at just digital music software is justified.

The first thing you'll have to throw out is expectations of a tidy and simple user interface. Sure, the layout in iTunes is less daunting, but that's because Apple Computer's program offers fewer choices. Specifically, it fails to offer the options that give the highest likelihood that your prized digital music library won't be made obsolete by new formats five years down the road.

The other thing you'll come to realize is that no single program does everything well. Sadly, the software that's best at playing your music using your computer isn't necessarily the best at managing a music file's 'tags,' which are the text strings that contain the song's name, artist, album and other information.

I've tried to keep the list simple while at the same time casting a wide net. Here's what you need:"
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