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“iTunes... Rhapsody... Yahoo Jukebox... Napster... So many choice whomever shall I choose?”

RELEASE DATE: 04/04/2008

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Oh, boy here I go again... I swore I would not endorse or write articles about 3rd party software, but really I consider it more of a recommendation than an endorsement.

So I have been going through my software that I need on a daily basis, I listen to music a lot and have a ton of music ripped from CD, downloaded from the net (legally of coarse), and I am running a Toshiba Laptop, with Vista and Office 2007.

As I am programming the day away, sometimes music is the only thing that keeps me sane or at least from going crazy debugging and testing code all day long. The problem is this, I was extremely happy with Music Match, then Yahoo had to go and buy them and in my opinion screw everything up. It has been rewritten from the ground up and renamed Yahoo Jukebox. I just was not happy with it at all. It has been very buggy to this very day, to the point it would freeze up my laptop, and all of my mp3, which are on a network hard drive, was not very compatible with the watch folders option. I am sure it will be developed into a great program but i need something now!

So I was with a client awhile back and I downloaded Rhapsody, which is what they used to debug a network problem. At first I loved it! however when I was running Outlook it would freeze up the laptop. Also I found the watch folder with my network drive also buggy? Hmmm how could software that was developed years ago (Music Match) be so reliable, and have every option that I needed and these newer programs, not be. Sure there interfaces are sleek and modern, dare I say sexy. Wait can a GUI be sexy? Probably not. Anyhow, I love the drag and drop features of the new programs too, but call me old fashioned but bells and whistles are pointless if it doesn't get the job done.

Then I saw and ad for the iPhone one night watching tv, and i thought to myself what about iTunes? I know your thinking, wow you were obsessing over this that badly that it was on your mind after hours well watching tv with your wife and a commercial for a different product came on, and you made the leap to iTunes? Yeah I was and I did. So I downloaded iTunes the very next day. My opinion, boring, not nearly enough features, memory hog, and most importantly NO watch folders! For those of you who don't know watch folders keeps all your local music in sync with the media library in the player.

Well that wasnt going to work, so I moved on to Napster after hanging out one night with a buddy of mine as that is what he uses. All i will say about it is this... Great to stream music as a subscription service, but otherwise not my cup of tea.

Then after about a month of not listening to music on my laptop much I stumbled across a product I havent used, seen, or heard anything about in years....


So after all of this mindless reading your thinking, "dude, what is it!".

Winamp


It has all the managemnt features I was looking for including watch folders, it plays the most formats (out of the box with out hunting for codecs), even video! and for you streaming service buffs it has that to, even streaming your library to your mobile phone! Seriously more features than you can imagine. The downside must be the cost then.... NO its free! There is a pro version ($20) which allows for faster ripping and burning of CD's. I bought it. Mostly to donate to a good cause, they know what they are doing! I provided a screenshot below:



Enjoy!


Posted On: 04/04/2008 | Comments [0]


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