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Music file software

Post by Wis » Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:14 pm

I have been using iTunes for many years, and have ripped about 600 CD’s in Apple lossless format. I’m looking to replace iTunes with a robust software, and have been looking at MediaMonkey. Are there any other options? My requirements are:
  • able to handle 100,000 + files
  • software that is supported and continues to evolve
  • include cover art
  • stream to IOS and Windows devices
  • stream to Sonos (seems MediaMonkey don’t do this)
  • able to handle all/most formats
  • and if possible able to convert from Apple lossless to FLAC
Am I looking for a unicorn, or does this thing exist?

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Re: Music file software

Post by welshlad » Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:58 pm

I don't know any answers to this, but I'd be interested in any insight offered by others.
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Re: Music file software

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:40 pm

One thing is for sure, I haven't got a clue what you are looking for.

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Re: Music file software

Post by jtc » Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:51 pm

I originally found this software while using Ubuntu on my laptop. It's free, multiplatform and superb.

Don't know about the Sonos and Apple angles, they're usually quite proprietary so finding one application that does it all might be tricky. Looks like it's not really maintained much now either - doh.

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Re: Music file software

Post by timor54 » Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:19 pm

Interesting set of requirements :shock:

I’ve previously used MediaMonkey and always found it very good for creating content i.e. ripping CD’s (including artwork) and had pretty good format support. I found it was much faster and easier to configure than iPlayer. I had a paid licence for it (the free version is performance and functionality limited) but this was lost when a previous laptop blue screened on me... I gave up at that point and moved on.

I also don’t think of MediaMonkey as a media server? It’s good for creating content and syncing with iPods and android devices but it only runs on windows and consequently didn’t seem to play well in a multi protocol network.

Maybe worth looking at jRiver Media Center. It been around for years and what I’ve read suggests it’s one of the most mature and feature rich platforms. It’s a DLNA/uPnP server so that should address the Sonos requirement and also supports AirPlay for Apple devices.

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