Pinterest Stumbleupon Whatsapp
Ads by Google

I recently got my hands on a copy of MediaMonkey Gold, the premium version of the free music player, MediaMonkey. This full-featured music manager was once known as Songs-DB back when it first hit the scene in 2001. Since then, MediaMonkey has seen a number of evolutions that have transformed it into a powerful program.

If you’re looking for a lightweight, down-to-the-basics type of music player, MediaMonkey is not your solution. Unlike alternatives like Foobar2000 Play Music Like An Audiophile With Foobar2000 [Windows] Play Music Like An Audiophile With Foobar2000 [Windows] Foobar2000 is the desktop music player of choice for audiophiles, tinkerers and anyone looking for a lightweight, efficient program. We have it listed on our page of the best Windows software for a reason, although... Read More and AIMP3 AIMP3: An Excellent Music Library And Player - Lightweight & Free! [Windows] AIMP3: An Excellent Music Library And Player - Lightweight & Free! [Windows] Music players come and go. Yesterday, a particular player might’ve been the #1 music library manager. Tomorrow, a new music player could come out and decimate the current competition. The cycle has always been true... Read More , which aim to be quick and light on resources, MediaMonkey is more in line with iTunes and Songbird – packed full of features to help you cull and manage massive libraries of music.

MediaMonkey 4, in both Free and Gold versions, is excellent at what it proposes to do. Keep reading to see what you will get out of it.

Upon opening MediaMonkey for the first time, you’ll be presented with a startup wizard. This wizard does its best to get your music library up and running in as little time as possible. Not that most music management programs don’t have this feature – which most of them do – but at least MediaMonkey’s version isn’t all that bad. At the very least, there wasn’t a sour taste left in my mouth.

The startup wizard also presents you with the option to integrate MediaMonkey into your operating system, meaning stuff like right-click menu options, file associations, and things of that ilk. If you don’t want any of that, MediaMonkey lets you skip it all without a second thought. Thumbs up for a program that doesn’t try to force its own relevance.

Ads by Google

The interface is what most of us have come to expect from a music manager–namely, the “iTunes” type of layout where everything is contained in one window separated with numerous panels. This is not like Winamp (multiple windows that are disjointed from one another) or Foobar2000 Play Music Like An Audiophile With Foobar2000 [Windows] Play Music Like An Audiophile With Foobar2000 [Windows] Foobar2000 is the desktop music player of choice for audiophiles, tinkerers and anyone looking for a lightweight, efficient program. We have it listed on our page of the best Windows software for a reason, although... Read More (a singular playlist-type window).

I was never too big of a fan of this layout structure because I’m a minimalist. However, the interface does look clean and there’s nothing particularly jarring about it. Everything is presented in a logical way and I didn’t find much trouble in navigating the various features. I got used to it pretty quickly.

For a program that claims to be one of the best – if not the best – free music manager available, MediaMonkey sure makes it easy. In that respect, it does a fine job living up to its claims. Here are some of the features you’ll find conducive to managing all of your music files:

  • Tag Editor: Nowadays, a built-in tag editor feature (or one that’s available through a plugin system) is almost a necessity for most users. MediaMonkey has it, though it offers much more customization than a typical manager. For example, in addition to IDv3 tags, you can set lyrics, edit artwork, set virtual CD details, and more.
  • Auto-Tagger: MediaMonkey has a way for you to automatically tag your files based on context. One method uses the filenames and structure to automatically set tags in your library. The other method looks online for tag and artwork data related to your songs.
  • Multiple Collections: Collections are a MediaMonkey feature that lets you have multiple libraries. Instead of being limited to only creating playlists, you can have multiple collections under which you can have multiple playlists. For particularly large music libraries, collections can really help you with organization.
  • Volume Normalization: If some of your songs are too quiet or too loud, here comes normalization to save the day. MediaMonkey has 2 types of normalization: Volume Leveling, which plays all of your songs at a consistent volume, and Per-Track Volume, which changes the volume of a particular track only.

Again, MediaMonkey has some great aesthetics (if you prefer clean over flashy) and claims to be able to handle up to 100,000 songs with ease. But what happens when you do have that many songs? How do you ever find anything? Settings up playlists and song rotations can be a giant pain.

I already mentioned auto-tagging and collections, both of which will probably see a lot of use for most people. However, the auto-playlist feature is another one that can be extremely helpful for massive libraries.

The auto-playlist feature allows you to create dynamic playlists by entering and setting certain parameters. MediaMonkey will then find all of the songs from a particular collection that match the parameters you’ve given and insert all of those songs into a single playlist. Extremely useful. I guarantee that once you get the hang of it, you’ll never be able to use another music program that doesn’t have it.

On top of all the awesome things already mentioned, MediaMonkey has a slew of more advanced features that any music enthusiast would love to use.

  • Automatic Organization: In your massive library of music, you probably have a bunch of songs and albums whose filenames are completely disorganized. MediaMonkey’s automatic organization will go through and rename those files based on a set of parameters you give it.
  • Fast Search: Using the advanced search feature, you can look for a particular song or album using any number of query fields: by composer, by year produced, by beats per minute–anything! Plus, the search is fast, fast, fast.
  • Rip and Burn CDs: If you still use CDs (whether you purchase them or burn onto them), MediaMonkey makes life easier. It has built-in functionality for ripping and burning CDs.
  • Sync Devices: Just connect your device to your computer and MediaMonkey will most likely recognize it. MediaMonkey can sync right out of the box with most devices, including iPhones, iPods, and Android devices.
  • Sleep Timer: MediaMonkey can play your music and gradually fade it out over time, then turn off your computer. This means you can relax in your bed and fall asleep to your music without having to worry about getting up in the middle of the night and turning it off.

MediaMonkey comes in both Free and Gold versions. The Free version is unlimited (meaning you can use the free version forever; it is not a trial) and it has a surprising number of features. Yes, if you use the Free version, MediaMonkey will still be a fully operational music manager. The Gold version contains those non-critical but convenient components, like:

  • Multiple Collections
  • Automatic Organization
  • Auto-Playlists
  • Volume Leveling
  • CD Ripping
  • Sleep Timer

MediaMonkey Gold retails for $24.95 (or $49.95 if you want a lifetime license for all future upgrades and versions).

  1. harley
    March 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I recently got MediaMonkeyGold with my points (yay). I have been using MediaMonkey (the unpaid version) for awhile now and like it the best of all the players I have tried. I'm having a problem with the controls: ie I have to click a few times on pause or stop to finally get them to work. They worked fine in the unpaid version. Any suggestions? I have googled this & played with the controls but no solution.

  2. Arron Walker
    March 6, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Just considering getting this reward now, while there's still some available..

  3. suneo nobi
    March 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Musicbee is also a good music organiser...................................

  4. harley bellwood
    March 1, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    If I claim this with rewards, can I install it on my desktop & laptop?

  5. volkan musa sözmen
    February 17, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Claimed a reward! Excellent!

  6. Keith Swartz
    January 30, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Wow-o-wee! This monkey sounds great! I'm seriously thinking of trying it.

  7. Fredrik Malmström
    January 22, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I've used Mediamonkey for years but recently switched to Helium Music Manager ( It's got native apps for iPhone, Windows Phone and Windows 8/RT and an Android app is on it's way for streaming music.

  8. Jeremy Garnett
    January 16, 2013 at 4:14 am

    I've used Media Monkey for years. No matter how many others I try, I always return. Thanks for the opportunity to upgrade my Gold membership from v2.

  9. Greg Belding
    December 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    love Media Monkey

  10. Yiz Borol
    December 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I've been eyeing this for a while and after looking through my music collection finally realized I need *something*!

  11. Adam Man
    December 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks For Giveaway.

  12. Sean A
    December 5, 2012 at 4:48 am

    I love Skillet!

    • Joel Lee
      December 5, 2012 at 4:50 am

      Good taste. ;)

  13. Boni Oloff
    November 12, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Which one is better, this one or TuneUp?

    • Muz RC
      November 29, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      I recommend this because easy for you edit song description, it also have party mode that u can lock to prevent other close it.

  14. Neji Kipgen
    October 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm


    • Jeremy Garnett
      January 16, 2013 at 4:19 am

      what did you expect?

    • Heimir
      January 31, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      A dictionary, for preference.

  15. james conrad
    October 5, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    i use to have mac i have 21,999 song on my iopd an i want to no if i download media monkey to my pc would it work

    • Jeremy Garnett
      January 16, 2013 at 4:19 am

      definitely. I used media monkey back when I had an ipad

  16. Russell Smith
    September 24, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I've been using it forever. Well worth the money!

  17. bonioloff
    September 24, 2012 at 5:09 am

    I don't know why many people that using other alternatives of media player..
    For me Windows Media Player is more than enough..

  18. Ravi Meena
    September 21, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    would like to see Abander Tag Control, instead of this

  19. Andrew Kim
    September 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I've been looking for something fresh to replace my foobar(music player)+mp3tag(tag editor) combo. MediaMonkey 4 sounds good, especially the Gold version with its Multiple Collections and Volume Leveling features. I'm definitely going to try this.

    • Andrew Kim
      September 21, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      This program ROCKS!!!!!!

  20. GrrGrrr
    September 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Thanks Joel.

    Is MUO reward a lifetime key?

    • Joel Lee
      September 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      I'm not 100% sure but I believe it is a 4.x Gold key only. If MediaMonkey 5.x+ ever comes out, you will need to upgrade it on your own.

    • Andrew Kim
      September 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      No, I believe it's the $24.95 retail version.

  21. Dimal Chandrasiri
    September 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I actually downloaded this after seeing the free keys giveaway from makeuseof. Now I'm in love with it and even traded my points for a gold version key! It's what I've been searching! :)

  22. Thomas Vercamer
    September 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I also used this software before, and I really loved it.
    It does everything it should do, and you can install some plugins if you need extra functions...

    Definitly something you should at least try out...

  23. daniel dawson
    September 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    My dad uses Mediamonkey for burning mucic cds and he enjoys it

  24. HLJonnalagadda
    September 21, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Claimed a reward! Excellent!

    • Chew Jian Yue
      December 28, 2012 at 4:26 am

      Is it life time or just a year?

      • Jeremy Garnett
        January 16, 2013 at 4:16 am

        If they haven't changed their policy, then it's a lifetime licence for this version of the software.
        I have a similar licence for version 2 and its still active even 4 computers and as many years later.

  25. Simon Davis
    September 21, 2012 at 9:08 am

    This is almost a great piece of software, but sadly it can't sync playlists to my Sony MP3 player (songs yes, playlists no) - rendering it pretty much useless for me and leaving me stuck with the awful latest version of Windows Media Player.

  26. Ari Lont
    September 21, 2012 at 4:55 am

    Not seeing any information about MediaMonkey also being a portable software, as this is the most important feature I am after in similar tools. Can anybody confirm this? :)

    Otherwise, yup this is really quite .a complete media organization tool. Will definitely try it

    • Ari Lont
      September 21, 2012 at 6:04 am

      Nevermind :) found it while I installed it.

  27. Ahmed Khalil
    September 21, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Ok, i will give it a try, may be you wright

  28. Nikhil Tom
    September 21, 2012 at 3:35 am

    I think the best feature of Media Monkey is portability
    You can install it in a pen drive and carry around everywhere

    • Ahmed Khalil
      September 21, 2012 at 4:27 am

      this is a good feture, let me thinkk

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *