This Cloudeight Freeware Pick — Music to Your Ears

By | February 4, 2012
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You’ve heard of spelling bees, quilting bees, honey bees, and, ah yes, the birds and bees. But have you ever heard of the music bee? I didn’t think so. There’s a story here, and I’m going to tell it to you – because, well, you know how I am.

About a week ago, I was helping some nice people with their computer (Shameless plug for Cloudeight Direct Computer Care here). They were having trouble with Windows Media Player 11 on Windows XP. These folks, like many other music-loving people, had iTunes. There was nothing I could do about the situation with WMP and iTunes – they weren’t playing well together. Whenever I do a repair job, I always do my homework. I had looked around for a really easy-to-use music player that synchronized with iTunes and could also import music from iTunes, folders, etc. I already knew the limitations of Windows Media Player. Windows Media Player leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to playing MP3s and syncing with other programs — like iTunes. Plus, Windows Media Player 11 doesn’t play so nice with some Windows XP computers. And yes we tried reverting to the previous version of Windows Media Player. So I had a better MP3 player ready to go – one with all the features I knew these nice folks were looking for. I know you won’t believe this but — I’m going to make a long story short.

They loved MusicBee – and so do we. And if you have a large music collection, or you use iTunes a lot, or if you just like to listen to music – MusicBee might just be music to your ears. It’s not only a great MP3 player, music organizer that plays nice with iTunes – it plays Internet radio stations too.

We’re going to bring in the author of MusicBee. Excuse his/her English. It ain’t so good – but the program is great. So who cares about grammar and stuff like that? Do all your RAP lyrics have great grammar? See? So let’s see what the developer has to say:

“Simple, Powerful and Fast

If you are looking for an application geared toward managing extensive music collections, easy to use and with a comprehensive feature set – MusicBee is that application.

MusicBee makes it easy to organize, find and play music files on your computer, on portable devices and on the web.

  • Play your music the way that you want. Manage large music libraries and easily find what you want to hear.
  • Easily add metadata to your music with a number of powerful tools.
  • Utilize your Internet connection to automatically find useful information about your music collection or the currently playing song.
  • Create the perfect party playlist and turn your computer into a music jukebox.
  • Add songs from your CD collection to your library and synchronize with your devices.
  • Create your own unique look and feel, and add more features with plugins.
  • Get the most out of your speakers with tools for those who sound quality matters.
  • Learn how to accomplish certain tasks and field your questions in the MusicBee community forum.
  • Countless other features with more being added all of the often.
  • A Better MP3 Player

    I always tell EB to listen to music in the morning – music calms the savage beast. We use MusicBee to play music to sooth our own savage beast — EB. Even if you don’t have a savage beast to soothe, if you like music, you’ll love our freeware pick today – MusicBee. “…Sing a song and sail along the sliver sky – we can fly…” Go get MusicBee right now. It’s free and it’s good. Tell ’em TC and EB sent you. They’ll look at you like you’re nuts.

    The details:
    MusicBee
    Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
    32bit and 64bit
    Great Windows MP3 player and more
    Approx 23MB zip file (also available as a portable application — approx 21 MB)

    Do you have a freeware program you love? Tell us about it!

    8 thoughts on “This Cloudeight Freeware Pick — Music to Your Ears

    1. ma_t14

      “We’re going to bring in the author of MusicBee. Excuse his/her English. It ain’t so good – but the program is great. So who cares about grammar and stuff like that?”

      Sorry for bringing this up but from where exactly did you deduce the above statement??

      I am heavily involved within the MusicBee forums and I think false statements like the above are insulting to the author who is a native English speaker!

      Just something I wanted to point out…

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      1. infoave Post author

        From the MusicBee site: “Get the most out of your speakers with tools for those who sound quality matters.”

        The sentence, as written, makes no sense. Sure, everyone knows what he or she means. Besides, we poke fun of our own grammar all the time. Lighten up. Get a life!

        Oh…and then this one: “Learn how to accomplish certain tasks and field your questions in the MusicBee community forum.”

        I’m just sayin’.

        Maybe you should take care of your own forums and let us take care of ours?

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    2. ma_t14

      The website is maintained by the community and the author is not involved as far as I know. No hard feelings, I will look into the matter to get the descriptions corrected. Thanks for pointing that out. Peace…

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    3. Fair'sfair

      Isn’t it ironic that one person would question another’s phraseology when he can’t get a simple quotation right?.

      It’s “Music hath charms to soothe the savage BREAST”.

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      1. infoave Post author

        When correcting someone, it’s best to do it correctly.

        Here is the poem as published in “The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume I” (Not taken from s Web site.)

        The Morning Bride
        By William Congreve (1697)

        Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast,
        To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.
        I’ve read, that things inanimate have mov’d,
        And, as with living Souls, have been inform’d,
        By Magick Numbers and persuasive Sound.
        What then am I? Am I more senseless grown
        Than Trees, or Flint? O force of constant Woe!
        ‘Tis not in Harmony to calm my Griefs.
        Anselmo sleeps, and is at Peace; last Night
        The silent Tomb receiv’d the good Old King;
        He and his Sorrows now are safely lodg’d
        Within its cold, but hospitable Bosom.
        Why am not I at Peace?

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    4. Don Barness

      THANK YOU. This is fantastic, superb, lots of fun. First time ever, I read the words and sang along with YMCA and then Pretty Woman. I will be making a donation to the authors for this wonderful software.

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    5. Ey

      Hi

      I am having trouble getting my ipod and my sandisk player to show up on MusicBee. Any suggestions?

      Reply

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