Music JukeBoxes – Windows Media Player (WMP), iTunes

Music Jukebox Applications This is the real database application that will import all the previously created MP3 files, organise them all based on the ID3 tags and present them in an easy format for playback. A good jukebox will typically allow you to playback all tracks by a particular artist or genre, or all tracks from a specific album, or every track in the library, sequentially or randomly (shuffle). It will also allow you to define specific playlists, in fact multiple playlists for whatever mood you’re in! I’ve used Jukebox applications from Netgear, Musicmatch and iTunes. All offer similar facilities but, in my humble opinion, iTunes offers the simplest, cleanest and easiest to use interface. But don’t take my word for it, download it for free from www.apple.co.uk/itunes and try it out yourself. There is no need to own an iPod and there is no need to purchase or download any music from the web. When iTunes is installed, select the File – Add Folder To Library function and point it to the MUSIC folder containing all your MP3 files. iTunes will then trawl through every file in every subfolder, adding a pointer to each MP3 file in its own database and extracting all the ID3 information to use for organising and display. This will take a few minutes, depending on PC speed and the number of files, but it’s a once-only process. Subsequent albums can be added separately, so theres no need to repeat the whole process. When the import is complete just click on a track to play! Remember, iTunes does not copy the music files, it...

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