Originally Posted by scolumbo
I've used MediaMonkey for years as a general media manager,
I don't want to seem too overly negative or demean what might be appealing to others, but perhaps my needs are just much more simplistic. I have almost 8000 MP3/FLAC files (60GB), 2000 video files (87GB), and more than 800,000 image files (370GB). But I don't feel the need for a "general media manager". I much prefer to use specific media player or "organizer/player" products for each type of media. After experimenting with enough options over the years, I've settled on the particular software program I prefer to use for each media type. I do not use any "all-in-one" product.
what exactly is intrusive about it? It does a lot of things well and is relatively easy to use
I have constructed my own folder/file storage/organization for all my media. I then find a proper player that's appropriate for that media format. I have "instant search" capability to find anything anywhere on my hard drives by full or partial name if I don't already know where something might be (which is already extremely unlikely).
I don't want a piece of software telling me how to organize things, and I don't want to put all of my assorted media files in one place.
but there are other programs that do specific things better. EAC is better at ripping, MP3Tag better at tagging, dBpoweramp at file conversion, etc., but for some, they would prefer an easy, all-in-one program.
Perhaps. As it turns out I use Audiograbber rather than EAC because I prefer it. I don't use dBpoweramp because I never need to convert files, as I make my own MP3/FLAC files form my own CD's using Audiograbber and LAME/FLAC. I do use MP3Tag because it's just the best and most user-friendly and intuitive tagging utility I've tried.
For instance, Foobar can do everything MediaMonkey can do and a lot more and is much more customizable (is that a word?), but it has a much steeper learning curve.
Again, I feel both MediaMonkey and Foobar are too complex and non-intuititve for my needs. I use neither, but have looked at both to see what they can do.
I use Winamp as my music player. It's simple, plays everything, and it just works. I like its user interface and appearance, and I enjoy having the G-Force Platinum "visualization" plugin for "watching music" at the same time as I listen to music.
I use Jaangle as my main music organizer/player, although it has support for video files as well.
I use MusiFind Pro as my CD Database management system.
I use ACDSee as my image browser.
You can still pick and choose what functions you want to use without it "taking over" those you don't want to use.
I want to launch the appropriate player when I want to play that media type. Call me a dinosaur.
I still use its functions as a media manager
I have no need or interest in a "media manager".
and playlist creator
I don't use playlists.
and occasionally use its DLNA capabilities
I have no such need.
especially for streaming saved playlists.
Again, that's not how I play media, and specifically not music.
I either know what I want to play and play it, or I put my 1100 FLAC files on "random" and just let the player entertain me with me not knowing what's coming next.
Also, most of the core functions of MediaMonkey are available in the free version. There is no need to be afraid of it.
I've spent LOTS of money on purchased software, so free vs. non-free is not a deal breaker.
I just don't feel that MediaMonkey provides anything that I need or want that I don't already have and prefer from the multiple other individual products that for me just do a better job.
One area it does really excel at is on-the-fly conversion of FLAC files to MP3
I never have such a need at all.
for synching with an iPod/iPhone
Call me a dinosaur. I'm an "anythingbutipod.com" member. I don't own an iPod, iPhone, iPad, or anything Apple.
I have a Cowon J3 portable music player, specifically because of its GLORIOUS SOUND and support for FLAC. It's a Windows-friendly device that is really just like a standard removable USB drive when connected to a PC.
I don't ever feel the need to "sync". I do my own manual COPY of music files from PC to J3, maintaining things there through either Beyond Compare or Free Commander, just the same as I do with folders/files on my local hard drives.
I don't use iTunes and I store only FLAC files, so the ability to synch files to my iOS devices can be difficult.
I have no iOS devices. And my music collection is essentially "stable" (new additions to my 1100+ physical CD collection have slowed considerably). I don't make playlists, and don't need to "sync".
MediaMonkey is a great tool for synching/converting FLAC to MP3 without having to store MP3 files, and it's on-the-fly conversion is fast. Again, "synching" is not a bad word, in this case it merely means that my iOS devices contain the same files (or a subset) as my computer hard drive.
Obviously your needs and habits are very different from mine. And for that MediaMonkey may be the perfect product... just like AOL is perfect for tens of millions of people. But not for me.
As a general media manager/organizer, MediaMonkey is among the best (J. River is another excellent media manager).
I'm sure they both might be... if you want that sort of product. I just don't. Same reason I don't use "My Documents", but have my data spread across my hard drives in folders of my own creation.
When you have tens of thousands of stereo and multichannel FLAC files, a good media manager becomes critical.
, at least for music and video and as a wonderful "collection" organizer/player. I don't know about multi-channel FLAC files, but certainly it's capable of playing ordinary 2-channel stereo FLAC.