MusicBee is a Fast and Powerful Music Manager

Are you are looking for an alternative to iTunes that is light on system resources and includes far more options?  Today we look at MusicBee, which is a powerful music manager with an interface laid out similar to iTunes and contains a lot features.

Using MusicBee

After installation you are prompted to have MusicBee scan folders for music and import tracks from iTunes or Windows Media Library.

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The interface is nicely laid out and very intuitive by default.  You can also customize the layout of the UI including a few different skins.

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There is the ability to automatically download tag and metadata from the web, or you can customize it manually for lesser known artists.

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It also includes a web browser for checking out different music blogs, and you can Scrobble tunes to your Last.FM profile.

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Songs on the page are automatically loaded in a playlist below for you to check out.

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It will easily synchronize music and podcasts to an iPod or several other common portable music players.

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You can go in and change the device synchronization settings to your liking.

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There is a customizable EQ that also includes some presets.

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Keyboard Ninja’s will enjoy the customizable hotkeys.

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MusicBee is in constant development by Steven Mayall and is now on on version 1.0 RC1.  There are still some bugs to be worked out but you can submit them to his forum and he answers most issues personally.  If you like to try out new software and are looking for an alternative to iTunes give MusicBee a try.

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Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+