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Media Monkey MediaMonkey is a full-featured music player and music collection organizer. It can convert audio, automatically rename your files, find duplicates and missing tags, create and save playlists, generate statistical reports and more! There’s also a pro version called MediaMonkey Gold which sells for $24.95.

Believe it or not, MediaMonkey comes with many FREE features that make it easy to organize your music collection and enjoy the latest Gnarls Barkley or Beethoven. If you are throwing a party (wild, crazy, or otherwise), just set the “Party Mode” and you don’t have to worry about your friends and guests changing the playlist.

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Why do I need MediaMonkey?

If you are like me and have gigs upon gigs of music but lack the technical knowhow (or patience) to manually edit the ID3 tags or download album covers, MediaMonkey is one of the best products on the market. It is easy to use and intuitive.

Do you have an iPod? Does iTunes make you want to scream and go running for the hills? MediaMonkey has built-in iPod support, so it just takes a couple of clicks and you can send music to your iPod and manage your iPod easily. You can also sync MP3 phones (like my LG Rumor) or other music players, too.

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Are you into personalization? I am. And MediaMonkey’s community has skins (themes) available for just about every personality out there – and if you are into coding, you can build your own skins!

To sum it up, MediaMonkey does everything other players do, and more – for FREE.

Okay, you’ve convinced me, how do I get MediaMonkey?

Download MediaMonkey from its website – and for those power users who need faster CD/DVD burning capabilities, advanced timers, a sleep timer and more, the MediaMonkey “Gold” upgrade is $19.95.

Now that you’ve gotten MediaMonkey, let’s try updating our music collections!

Sample MediaMonkey Music TreeFind Missing Album Art and ID3 Tags for your collection!

  1. In the folder-tree section on the left side, go to My Computer > My Documents (Documents) and Music (or the folder containing your music files).
  2. Select your “Music” folder, then select the “All” button. All of your music files will appear in the window. Your music files will appear in the main window. Click on the Album column to sort your songs by album.
  3. Select all the songs in an album. Either click the first song, press SHIFT and select the last song. Or, drag a box around the songs, like you do in Windows.
  4. Press CTRL+L to launch MediaMonkey’s Auto-Tag from Amazon feature. Wait a few seconds and you should see the artwork and track list for your album. Sometimes, the feature doesn’t pull the correct information from Amazon, but don’t despair – just clear the search field and manually enter the album name. You can also select the “down” arrow next to the album name and see if there are any other matches.
  5. Click the Auto-Tag button, let MediaMonkey do its magic and abracadabra! MediaMonkey adds embedded album art to your selected music tracks, as well as updated ID3 tag information – artist name, album, release date, record label and track names!
  6. Now,give yourself a pat on the back, get a drink of water, and repeat for all of your albums. Yes, this might take a while, but it is WELL worth it, don’t you think!?!

Further manage and enjoy your music collection with MediaMonkey!

Right click on a selected song or album and get this menu.When you right click on a selected album or song, you can find a whole set of features to help you further manage your music collection.

This includes basics like “Play” and “Play Next”, but also an option to “Send to…” a playlist, folder, music player or email!

My favorite feature is the “Get Info/Buy” – you can chose your local Amazon or CD Universe to purchase songs or albums or Google, Wikipedia or the Library to get more information on an artist or album.

I also like to rate songs, and make playlists with just 5 star songs and send to my friends or family.

Special tip: Rate a song as a “0” and it gets a little “bomb” next to it in the playlist. Funny, huh?

Overall, MediaMonkey’s powerful tools can be enjoyable to use for everyone from music collectors old and new. Even without the MediaMonkey Gold option, users can manage their collections easily – and personalize the program to fit their personal preferences through drag and drop components to plugins and skins.

Do you use MediaMonkey? If so, what do you like about it? Or do you prefer another application to organize and manage your music?

  1. nicole
    October 25, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    how do you delete music off your ipod using media monkey

  2. Bob
    May 27, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    I have around 60GB of music files that I access and play on a daily basis using MediaMonkey.
    I've been using MM for three years (paid Gold version) through several updates and versions of the software and on different operating systems (W2K , XP home and XP Pro) and have never had a problem.
    MediaMonkey simply organizes and plays my large music collection better than any other software I've ever tried, and that's why I use it.
    If I could add one feature it would be the ability to also handle video clips, since I would like to integrate music videos with my audio files. But even without this feature MM outshines all the others I've ever tried. And you can get it for free - what more can I say?

  3. Chris
    February 19, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    DO NOT USE MEDIAMONKEY!!!!!!!
    I was looking for an alternative to Itunes for so many reasons that everyone else out there can name and I came across MediaMonkey and installed it. This was a big mistake!
    I own a 160GB Ipod Classic with close to 29,000 songs on it. As you can assume it has taken countless hours to try and get this IPod set up the way I want it. When I found MediaMonkey I was impressed to find that you could update your tags with all the pertinent information from the net like covers, date of recording etc…
    The first problem encountered was when updating “one” album worth of information it took anywhere from 1 to 3 minutes which is very slow. Conversely in Itunes I could upload over 100 songs including all track information in the same amount of time. What I found upon going into task manager was that MediaMonkey was using at the max 154 MB of RAM and 54% CPU usage of a 2.9 GHZ Dual Core machine. Plus other things running on the machine came to a grinding halt. This is quite unbelievable.
    The second problem and probably the most disconcerting was that at these times MediaMonkey when viewed in task manager spent most of the time in “Not Responding” mode. The only thing I can assume is that at this time the Ipod is being written to and the application is not programmed to multitask. This theory is further backed by the fact that if you are playing a song on MediaMonkey at this time it actually starts to skip. This is the most dangerous time to have something go wrong with the program as will be explained.
    During one of these “Not Responding” times the program crashed and when I brought it back up 5000 songs were missing and all my playlists that I painstaking set up seem to be gone. I looked in explorer and and saw that I still had 141 GB of music and what seems to be the playlists. However MediaMonkey or Itunes will not recognize them.
    I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling MediaMonkey, I rebooted the Ipod numerous times and run diagnostics and error checking on the drive. Nothing has worked so far. I cannot believe that such an inferior product has been given such good reviews.
    The people who coded this product should not be allowed near a keyboard or a computer again.
    In conclusion,
    DO NOT USE MEDIAMONKEY!!!!!!!
    P.S. MediaMonkey I will be propagating this review all over the net.

  4. Braden
    May 17, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Downloaded MM latest version from their site and it won't sync with mt touch that has the Jan software update.

  5. vvvlad
    May 16, 2008 at 6:14 am

    Ok, only the latest version works with iPod touch!!!
    Great!

  6. Jörg
    May 13, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    The best thing about MM is its extensibility using scripts. There are may scripts already in the forums, like ones to add lyrics automatically, scrobble your music library using last.fm and so on. Definately the best tool to organize your music library.

  7. Syahid A.
    May 13, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Man, what is with the "SLEEPY" comment above? :D
    Another cool thing to do with MM: Auto leveling of music files, permanently or temporarily.

  8. Sean
    May 12, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    What skin is that screenshot using?

    • Ellie
      May 13, 2008 at 1:03 am

      It's the GILDED skin.

  9. Tom Jen
    May 12, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Hey!! thanks alot for posting this article. I have like 14 GB worth of sound files and organizing them is one hell of a job. I've tried various softwares but have not been satisfied with any so far. I am hoping that with the responses I see on this post, media monkey would be a good option to try out. I think media monkey should be advertised on a wider scale. I use this tool called MyPRGenie (www.myprgenie.com/technology/) for all my press content and I think its a great service which connects you to the customers instantly. Must try!

  10. Colin
    May 12, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    I've used MediaMonkey very happily for a couple of years now and it's a great piece of software. However, I bought the Gold(paid for) version earlier this year and I've hated it ever since and I use it less and less.

    The theme from the free version is intuitive and makes great use of the desk real estate - the multiple themes available in the Gold are rubbish. I also wanted the "folder monitoring" feature, because I've just changed pcs. Despite moving all my music to the standard Vista "music" folder, MediaMonkey didn't find several tracks until I did a database reconstruct.

    This begs the question of why did I bother paying to "upgrade"? I'm actually considering removing the registration details and going back to the free version! Buyer, beware.

  11. Rory
    May 11, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Media Monkey sounds intriguing - but surely one of its failings as an iTunes replacement is its inability to deal with video. Isn't it solely a music organizer?

    By the way, I don't use iTunes (I can't stand it). I use winamp and the ml_ipod plugin which works like a dream - audio, video, the works - but if there was a better alternative, I might consider changing.

    • Ellie
      May 12, 2008 at 12:08 am

      MediaMonkey was built to be compatible with WinAmp plugins - I have a few of the plugins installed.

      To play video, I have the VID4wa Video Plug-in installed.

  12. vvvlad
    May 11, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Could you tell me please if it is going to work with iPod touch?
    there is a list of ipods mentioned on the site (5 generations), but touch is missing :(

    I really hate iTunes and looking for nice replacement

    • Ellie
      May 11, 2008 at 11:40 am

      A quick Google search shows that some people say that MediaMonkey does in fact work with the iPod Touch. I don't have one to test on - so if anyone else has used MediaMonkey successfully with the iPod Touch, let us know!

  13. Bughy
    May 11, 2008 at 9:37 am

    I started using Media Monkey at work starting this week. My colleague was using it for a long time and recommended it. Looks pretty simple and useful, but I'm still not 100% familiarized with it because I'm a winamp user since my first computer, about 11 years ago.

  14. ssj4monkey
    May 11, 2008 at 9:17 am

    Currently use Itunes, and I think it's fine, much better than winamp. Maybe, i'll give MM a shot-

  15. Hannibal
    May 11, 2008 at 6:03 am

    I have been using Media Monkey Gold for some time and find it far more intuitive than iTunes, not to mention using a ton less memory. Whenever I renew my mp3 Player I always use this and listen on the PC with it all the time.

  16. Tina
    May 11, 2008 at 2:55 am

    can't replace MM with any others, period.

  17. Daryl Tay
    May 11, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Wow I found this really useful! I HATE Itunes when it comes to organising my music. Will definitely try this out! Thanks for the informative post =)

  18. Renee
    May 10, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    "Find Missing Album Art and ID3 Tags for your collection!".....now THAT's useful. There's got to be something out there for Macs that does that. Anyone know of any?

  19. Becci
    May 10, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    I discovered MM just over a year ago & love it. It's well-organized & easy to use. When I want to make a mix-CD for someone it's super easy to take a play list & burn it quickly. The party mode & sleep timer are a couple of my favorite features.

  20. ip
    May 10, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    I've used MediaMonkey for a couple of years now after trying all the WinAmps, iTunes, etc. and the Monkey rocks. It's by far the best organized music player with a community forum that is hugely active. Check it out, there are lots of add-ons to customize the software.

    Yes I know I sound like an employee, but no... just a happy user.

    • Ellie
      May 10, 2008 at 7:10 pm

      I absolutely love the MediaMonkey community. They are friendly and extremely helpful. :)

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