Scan And Quickly Find Any Music Track On Your PC

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Song DirectorWindows comes with a music player app as standard. If you don't like it, there are others freely available too, such as Apple's iTunes. Trouble is, neither of these programs is particularly good. iTunes is huge and unwieldy, and is best kept away from your PC if at all possible. Windows Media Player is OK, but it's not particularly easy to use.

If you have a lot of music tracks stored on your PC (perhaps as a result of ripping your CD or vinyl collection), then take a look at a neat program called Song Director. Once installed, the first thing you need to do is to choose Add from the File menu, and then tell it to scan your entire hard drive. It will do so, and create a searchable database containing the name and location of every music track (MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV etc etc) it finds.

This makes it really easy to play any song. Just type a few letters from its title into the search box, wait for it to be found, and then hit the Play button. It really is very easy, and is great if you have lots of locally-stored music tracks.

Song Director is free and is at www.songdirector.com. It's only a 1.1 MB download, and is malware-free according to VirusTotal. It's also a reputable site according to Web of Trust. Note that the free version only allows you to play one song at a time - you can't cue up a set of tracks and have them play in turn.

Although the interface does look very dated, the program is still perfectly usable and is supported on all versions of Windows from 7 to 10.

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>> This makes it really easy to play any song. Just type a few letters from its title into the search box,
>> wait for it to be found, and then hit the Play button.
That's exactly what you can do in the excellent search program "Everything". (cf. http://www.techsupportalert.com/free-fast-file-search.htm)
You type in a (part of the) title and artist and once found you double-click it and it is played in the program you linked .mp3 files to.

MusicBee is simply the best music player I've ever used and I've tried most of them. It is totally customisable and works brilliantly as a music organiser and player.

Hey alan:

Thanks for the heads-up re MusicBee. Love it.
Song Director also very good, just that MusicBee has more "bells & whistles".

I want to put in a pitch for the free version of MediaMonkey, available at http://www.mediamonkey.com/download/ . I used the free version of Media Monkey for a few years and then upgraded to the paid-for "Gold" version, but the free version is very capable. It will handle a virtually unlimited number of media files, and has a very robust search function. Unlike free Song Director, you can queue up as many songs as you like with free MediaMonkey. You can also create and save named playlists, export to mobile players, update tags, rate your songs, rip and burn CDs, convert among formats, and run a server to play your media on other household devices. I have over 300,000 music files on my PC. MediaMonkey handles them easily. There is a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of MediaMonkey, but the basics are on par with other mainstream players. MediaMonkey is a mature app and has been in the marketplace at least since 2003. (Their active forum has posts from 2001.)