Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
For this comparison, only the following specific features were taken into account. These are suposedly ment to enhance the user experience and help manage a music library:
- Editing play list afterhand
Allowing to manually sort the tracks within a playlist after having imported them with a drag and drop or a batch insertion.
- Ripping audio from CD’s
This is the first legit step for building one’s music library on a personal computer. The application must allow to choose the file format, the sample type, rate and frequency; and to edit the file tags. The most advanced programs automatically sort out the folders to keep the library consolidated.
- Editing song tags
Should the previous step have gone wrong, the application should allow to edit file tags on the go and to physically upgrade the files.
- Physically saving song tags
Preferably, tag changes should be updated on the very file, not simply the audio library database.
- Physically sorting the file library
This comes handy when one wants to copy folders on another media.
- Real-time monitoring of folders
The application monitors folders, notices when files or folders have been renamed or moved around and updates its database accordingly.
- Purchasing music online
The application takes care of the transaction and downloads the tracks to the proper folder.
|ripping audio from CD s|
|editing song tags|
|physically saving song tags|
|physically sorting the
|real-time monitoring of
|purchasing music online|
Considering this chart, it becomes obvious that Amarok is the most powerful and the most flexible audio library manager. It does not allow to rip CD’s, although there are several free applications to do that on Linux. Amarok gets album covers from Amazon, album data from Musicbrainz and artist biographies from Wikipedia.