If you've got a significant collection of digital music on your computer, then using a a music manager is essential for good organization. Many popular software media players like iTunes, Winamp, and Windows Media Player offer basic tools for organizing, but are more geared towards playing media. This article lists free digital music managers that have a good set of built-in tools for working with your MP3 library.
The free version of Media Monkey (Standard) has a wealth of features for organizing your music library. You can use it to automatically tag your music files and also download the right album art. If you need to create digital music files from your audio CDs, then Media Monkey also comes with a built-in CD ripper -- you can also burn files to disc using its CD/DVD burning facility. Media Monkey can convert between audio formats and supports MP3, WMA, M4A, OGG, and FLAC. This free music manager can also sync with various MP3/media players incuding the iPod and iPhone.
Helium Music Manager is another full-featured music library organizer for working with different audio formats in your music collection. It supports a wide array of audio formats which include: MP3, WMA, MP4, FLAC, OGG, and more. Just like Media Monkey, you can convert, rip, burn, tag, and sync your music. One of Helium Music Manager's features that stands out from the crowd is its MP3 Analyzer. This tool scans your library for broken MP3 files and can be used to repair them.
MusicBee which is available for Windows XP, Vista, and 7, has an impressive amount of tools for manipulating your music library. As well as the typical tools associated with this type of software program, MusicBee also has features useful for the Web. For example, the built-in player supports 'scrobbling' to Last.fm and you can use the Auto-DJ function to discover and create playlists based on your listening preferences. Overall, a great music manager that also has tools for the Web.