Alternatives to MediaMonkey

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Alternatives to MediaMonkey
Audio software can organise music on your computer and favourite mp3 player. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

MediaMonkey is Windows software that helps organise audio files. There are two versions, the free version and MediaMonkey Gold, which costs £12.90 as of 2011. The Gold version has a few extra features, like the ability to rip compact discs faster or automatically organising the library as a background process. The free version is still a complete piece of software, and plenty of free alternatives are available.

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Amarok is a MediaMonkey alternative most suited to users of Linux-based software. It is supported on many Linux platforms, including Fedora, Ark Linux and Kubuntu. It's also available for Windows and Mac, but it's not supported for those two systems. It shares the basic audio software feature with MediaMonkey--it will create playlists, play music, rip music from audio discs and add playlists to MP3 players. Amarok is also customisable--being open source there are many available scripts to augment this audio program.


Songbird, which handles audio, video and pictures files, is available for Windows and Mac and is built on the same platform as Mozilla Firefox. This open-source software is compatible with a large number of phones and MP3 players. There are many add-ons available, including one for iPod compatibility, as well as the ability to change its appearance.


Banshee is the most all-inclusive alternative to MediaMonkey, for use by anyone with the most common operating systems for Linux as well as Mac and Windows. This program allows for the management of videos and features a "Minimode" for a more compact desktop--similar to MediaMonkey's "MiniPlayer" mode.

Winamp Media Player

Winamp is the closest audio manager to MediaMonkey in features and price. It has a free version as well as a "pro" version, and Winamp Pro costs the same as MediaMonkey Gold. They both have a "visualize" feature, which creates kaleidoscope-type moving images using the music for rhythm and speed. As of 2011, Winamp is available only on Windows. The software is easier to customise through a large selection of "skins."

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