MusicBee is a music player for Windows that combines basic functions with an interesting number of extra features. Besides the ability to playback music, the application can help you organize your collection, no matter how extensive it is, offering different ways to sort, find, and view tracks.
MusicBee looks pretty much like most music players around; its window is divided into several panels and sidebars that you can show or hide at will. The Library is the section that gathers all the music added to the application. You can browse for tracks in the Library by genre, artist, or album, or by using any of the available search options. The list of tracks is displayed in the center of the screen and you can choose among several view options. The player basic controls also include buttons to shuffle and repeat, equalizer, and a Last.fm scrobbler. When a song is playing, the app displays details like name, album, artist, the album cover and lyrics, but if the information in your tracks is not complete, you can use any of the tagging tools to autocomplete or edit tags. One of the features I like the most about MusicBee is the visualization options it includes, ranging from the mini and compact players, to a variety of Theater modes, with full screen, and the screensaver mode.
As far as playlists are concerned, you can create your own or use the automatic playlists for the most played songs, recently added, top rated, and more. A feature that stands out here is Auto DJ, which, starting up from a selected track, plays songs according to certain parameters, like level of similarity, songs with a high rating, etc. A CD ripper, Duplicate Finder, Audio Converter, and online radio player are also part of the pack.
In short, MusicBee is a straightforward player that stands out for its good audio quality and the loads of functions it provides to manage a music collection.
- Different viewing modes
- Supports all the common formats
- Playlist support
- Automatic tagging tools
- Interesting extras