MusicBee – Music Manager and Player

Posted on April 18, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music | Tags: , , , , |

MusicBee is a freeware Music Manager and Player.

You can manage, tag, normalize, organize, sychronize, lots of “ize” your music.

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ALPlayer – Always Play Media Player

Posted on April 2, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound, Video, viewers | Tags: , , , , , , , |

ALPlayer is a general purpose media player.

ALPlayer includes the basic codecs to play most of the movies. For those rare kinds of codecs that are not popularly used, ALPlayer will download the codec from ALPlayer Codec Center then install it for you. With ALPlayer, you do not have to wander around the internet to find the proper codec for your video. ALPlayer will do everything for you.”

“More than just a movie player, ALPlayer has the function to capture audio, video or screen shots to your hard drive.”

Bookmarking and looping available.

Freeware.

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XULPlayer – The universal standalone desktop media player built with XUL

Posted on June 21, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound, Video, viewers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

XULPlayer is designed to be the universal standalone desktop media player built with XUL on MPlayer.

Features:

  • XUL application, customizable user interface implemented with flexible XUL and JavaScript
  • Based on award-winning MPlayer, with high quality playback and low CPU utilization
  • Playback of following media formats:
    • Audio: MP3, Vorbis, AAC, AAC+, AAC+v2, WMA, RealAudio, MusePack, Speex, FLAC, WavPack, WAV,
    • Video: MPEG 1/2/4, AVI, MP4, MKV, H.264, XviD, DivX, Theora, Flash Video, Windows Media Video, RealVideo, QuickTime
    • Image: JPEG, PNG, GIF
    • Flash
  • Easy multiple playlist access and manipulation
  • Video screenshoting
  • Support for subtitle and lyric
  • Dual-Player Mode – play two audio/video files simultaneous with audio cross-fading
  • Free Internet P2P TV (exprimental)
  • Fully standalone and self-contained – no need to install any codecs or system components
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MusicBee: Free Music Player, Organizer, Tagger and More

Posted on February 1, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music | Tags: , , , , , |

Gizmo has a post on MusicBee, a Free Music Player, Organizer, Tagger and More.

Gizmo has good information and tests products thoroughly.

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MeCanto – your music collection on the web

Posted on October 25, 2009. Filed under: MP3, Music, Online storage, Phones | Tags: , , , , , , , |

MeCanto let you Listen to your music collection on the web and your mobile phone.

Features:

  • Upload and sync music using the PC client.
  • Unlimited free online storage for your music.
  • Music is neatly organized according to genre, artists, etc.
  • Create and edit your own playlists.
  • No need to manually sync again.
  • Use it on your mobile too.
  • Edit playlists online, search for videos on Youtube and scrobble it to your last.fm account.

Recommended by MakeUseOf.

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Simplify Media – Connect Your Music

Posted on July 17, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Linux, Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, MP3, Music, networking, Sound | Tags: , , , , , , |

Simplify Media is freeware which lets you play your music in iTunes, Front Row, Windows Media Player, or Linux’s Rhythmbox.

It’s file streaming software for Windows/Mac/Linux systems as well as iPhone/iPod Touch.

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Killer Add-ons Make Songbird So Much Better

Posted on July 13, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound | Tags: , , , , , |

Lifehacker has a post on how Killer Add-ons Make Songbird So Much Better.

Songbird is the younger sister application to Firefox and Thunderbird and other Mozilla freeware, and it handles the media playing.

These add-ons pump up the functionality of Songbird.

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Kantaris: Unique Media Player Based on VLC

Posted on July 13, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound, Video, viewers | Tags: , , , , , , |

The How-to Geek has a post on Kantaris, “a Unique Media Player Based on VLC”.

Kantaris combines “the plays-anything aspect of VLC with the pleasant interface of Windows Media Player”.

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Media Player Classic

Posted on July 1, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Video, viewers | Tags: , , , , |

Media Player Classic is available fromCNet Download (a safe source) and it’s freeware.

If your Windows Media Player refuses to handle DVDs and other video or audio formats, this is a good alternative that’s easy to install and use.

“Media Player Classic is the perfect substitute for Windows Media Player. Aestetically is identical to version 6.4 and has the same lightness in terms of RAM occupation, but it has much more usefull functions. Features: with ‘right’ and ‘left’ keys it’s possible to go forward/backward of one single frame; with ‘Ctrl + right’/’left’ it’s possible to skip one predefinite quantity of frames; with ‘Ctrl + up’ it’s possible to change faster the speed of reproduction; it’s possible to visualize with media player Quicktime and RealMedia movies (but that programs must be installed); in full screen modality it’s possible to show a scroll bar putting the mouse in the lower portion of the screen; in full screen it’s possible to do the redimension images and adopt a cinema format or a TV format; it work as a DVD player too; keys are completely customizable; it can show subtitles.

CNET Editor’s Note: Some anti-virus software flag this product as a potential threat. We have re-tested it and based on our process believe it’s clean.”

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Vattoz: Music Search Engine

Posted on June 1, 2009. Filed under: Music, Music - trying out, searching | Tags: , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on Vattoz: Music Search Engine with a Playlist Support.

Vattoz “searches for songs based on artist name or the song name and displays the results in a clean interface where you have two options – play the song or add to playlist.

The playlist is a box which could be dragged and dropped anywhere on the web page and maintains the list of your favorite songs and plays them. The site uses cookies to remember your playlist. You can also share your playlist with friends.”

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Amarok music player

Posted on April 20, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound | Tags: , , , |

Amarok is an open source freeware music player “for Linux and Unix, MacOS X and Windows with an intuitive interface.”

It seems to be a head-on competitor for iTunes, without the commercial aspects, and integrates with web services, along with offering a number of powerful features.

Might be what you’re looking for in a music player.

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MakeInstantPlayer Converts Videos to Executables

Posted on September 9, 2008. Filed under: compatibility, File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, Video, viewers | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Featured Windows Download: MakeInstantPlayer Converts Videos to Executables.

Lifehacker reviews MakeInstantPlayer, which converts any video file into an executable file along with the player and codecs to play it (that last part about the player and codecs is really important!).

It is intended to solve the problem of people who just don’t have the right software or whatever to play something you want to show them.

Freeware.  Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista.

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DVD Play your ripped DVDs with VLC

Posted on June 9, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Video, viewers | Tags: , , , , , |

Lifehacker has a program called DVD Play that works with VLC to easily open and play your DVDs (more easily than VLC does alone, that is).

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Foobar 2000 isn’t what it sounds like

Posted on June 8, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lifehacker has instructions on how to customize the freeware media player Foobar 2000 to suit your own tastes.  This might be the answer you’ve been seeking instead of iTunes or Windows Media Player.

Foobar 2000 is an advanced freeware audio player:

Features

  • Audio formats supported natively: MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, MPC, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC / Ogg FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, AU, SND, CDDA, WMA.
  • More audio formats supported through optional components, official or third-party.
  • Full unicode support.
  • Customizable user interface layout (new in version 0.9.5). View screenshots…
  • Advanced tagging capabilities.
  • Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component. Read more…
  • ReplayGain support – both playback and calculation.
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts.
  • Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.

The Lifehacker instructions include some favorite add-ons for the program to customize it and add functions.

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Take up the Slax with a portable Linux system

Posted on June 3, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Linux | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Slax is a Linus system that is specifically designed for CD, USB Flash Key, MP3 Player, Camera or even a Hard Drive.

“Slax is a modern, portable, small and fast Linux operating system with a modular approach and outstanding design. Despite its small size, Slax provides a wide collection of pre-installed software for daily use, including a well organized graphical user interface and useful recovery tools for system administrators.

The modular approach gives you the ability to include any other software in Slax easily. If you’re missing your favourite text editor, networking tool or game, simply download a module with the software and copy it to Slax, no need to install, no need to configure.”

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Songza – find and listen to music

Posted on May 5, 2008. Filed under: Music, Music - trying out, searching | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Songza is “the music search engine & internet jukebox”

“Unlike KaZaa or Bit Torrent, Songza users can only listen to songs, not download them. And unlike Last.fm or Rhapsody, Songza permits users to choose exactly the song or artist they want to hear, and does not require them to subscribe or pay for its services.”  “Songza pays for licenses from all the major performing-rights organizations (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC), who then pay the publishers and writers in proportion to the number of plays they get on Songza.”

There’s also a Firefox add-on here to allow you to search Songza.

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iTunes hacks

Posted on April 8, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music | Tags: , , , , , , |

Okay, so you use iTunes… because you have an iPod.  But what about those of us that don’t want to be locked into that?

Komando.com has hacks to modify iTunes for those little improvements you’ve been wanting in it, such as the ability to use iTunes to sync with non-iPod players.  Backup your playlists.  Access your music library from across the web.

All freeware.

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Comparing media players

Posted on April 8, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound, Video, viewers | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Wikipedia has an entry with a big comparison of media players for audio and video files.

If you want to know what’s free and what’s not, what operating system it runs on, what features are in which players, and what formats each player covers, this looks like a pretty comprehensive list. It even gives the versions of the players evaluated. An impressive effort!

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Songerize for trying out music

Posted on March 4, 2008. Filed under: Music, Music - trying out, searching | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a review of Songerize.

The founders refer to Songerize “as SeeqPod’s “I’m Feeling Lucky” button. And that’s exactly what it is, you just enter the name of your artist and let Songerize choose and play one of his/her tracks. Apart from that, Songerize also allows you to search for by title and (if found) listen to them. You can’t do much here, there are no playlists or add to favorites options.

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RockBox is open source for several brands of MP3 players

Posted on January 29, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Related Hardware | Tags: , , , , , , |

RockBox is open source software that runs on an increasing number of MP3 player brands and models.

“Rockbox aims to be considerably more functional and efficient than your device’s stock firmware while remaining easy to use and customizable. “

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