Media Monkey – Media Control to the Max

Guest writer Glenn Taggart is a true music lover, and he has some definite ideas on the best free media player out there. Glenn gives you his views on his favorite music media player – Media Monkey.

In the world of web based music media players, there are many to choose from.  I know many of you are quite content with the pre-packaged media players that come with the Microsoft operating system.

However, if you want to listen to other file types such as OGG or FLAC, or, say you want to sync your iPod, iPhone, or other Mp3 players, Microsoft can be a real bummer.

Enter my favorite music media player – Media Monkey.

Media Monkey will play all music files and will also sync with your iPod. Other great features of Media Monkey include the ability to retag your music collection in case you have music that is tagged improperly. Media Monkey will also rip CDs, and will convert your audio files between the various music formats.

The user interface is intuitive and is easy to set up. Whether you want to have your music collection in file format or playlist format, Media Monkey has you covered.

Did I mention system resource use? As a former XP user on an older machine, CPU and RAM resources were thin. Media Monkey solves this equation and operates on very low system resources.

Of all the music players out there, and I have tried them all, only Media Monkey has all of the bells and whistles and ease of use for the casual and power user.

Media Monkey is compatible with XP, Vista, and Win7

Fast facts:

Organize music and edit tags in your audio library with a powerful, intuitive interface.

Automatically lookup and tag Album Art and other metadata.

Manage 50,000+ files in your music collection without bogging down.

Manage all genres of audio: Rock, Classical, Audiobooks, Comedy, Podcasts, etc.

Play MP3s and other audio formats, and never again worry about varying volume.

Record CDs and convert MP3s, M4A, OGG, FLAC and WMA files etc. into other formats.

Create playlists and let Auto-DJ & Party Mode take care of your party.

Sync iPhones, iPods, & MP3 players, converting & leveling tracks on-the-fly.

Plus much more…

If you have been thinking about downloading a FREE 3rd party music player, give Media Monkey a try!

System requirements: Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7

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Guest Writer: This is a guest post by Glenn Taggart of The Crazy World of G, who brings a background as a high level super user, to the Blogging world.

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Filed under Audio Applications, Audio Software, Digital Media, downloads, Freeware, Media Player Replacement, Software, Windows 7, Windows Tips and Tools, Windows Vista, Windows XP

20 responses to “Media Monkey – Media Control to the Max

  1. Liam O' Moulain

    Bill and Glenn,

    I really dislike iTunes so I’ll give this a try.



  2. Hi Bill/Glenn,

    I loved Media Monkey for playing and especially cataloguing my MP3 files. However, when I came to play music while surfing the web, my browsing would slow down a hell of a lot. Of course, this was after I’d spent ages looking for the perfect media player and settling on Media Monkey. lol

    I now use Foobar 2000. I don’t like it half as much as Media Monkey but it doesn’t slow down my browsing. It’s pretty basic though.

    Maybe I need to upgrade my laptop.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Paul,

      There’s not much worse than finding a great app, and then not being able to run it. Could be the Internet connection speed more than the LT speed. Are you on cable?


  3. Hi Bill,

    I used to be on cable but the Rogers service was terrible. I’m now on high speed DSL with Bell Aliant, running at between 6 and 7mbps download speed, if that means anything.

    My laptop is maybe two years old (ancient) and has 1.6ghz processor and 120 gb hard drive.

    My wife listens to music all the time, online radio mostly ,and she has no problems. She has a dual core processor in her laptop.

    Other than the music interfering with browsing I don’t have any other problems, except for when I crashed it the last time. lol

    I did like media monkey though and was disappointed when it wouldn’t work correctly. Foobar is pretty basic.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Paul,

      I don’t think it’s your machine (it’s far from ancient). Azziz, a previous commenter had essentially the same problem as you.

      Sometimes it’s tough, to work out why a particular piece of software won’t work well on a specific machine.


  4. RoseD1st

    how does this compare to winamp Billl

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Rose,

      I can’t give you a direct comparison, but Winamp is my application of choice. I’ve used this for years, and I’m very satisfied. Most of the time I listen to music I use my iPod.


  5. g

    Paul: I still use Foobar on occasion – I have it set as the default music player. When I just want to listen to a particular song or single album and it boots in a hurry.

    Media monkey is awesome at organizing the tunes and since it is my goto for ipod syncing, I use it in lieu of itunes.

    Bill: Thanks for the write up! Always appreciated.

  6. RoseD1st

    by the way I send my contacts to your site

  7. Ranjan

    Have VLC for media playing and JetAudio for rippings..
    Not much interested in music though… 😛

  8. azziz

    I tried media monkey on windows vista and worked slow, for some reasons i dont know and i uninstalled soon after….but it looks a good software, maybe for some users J. River Media Jukebox can be a good alternative.

  9. Hi Bill, Azziz and g, thanks for the input.

    I was wondering if it was maybe because I use vista basic. I’ve never had reason to upgrade. I would like a better looking player but am loathe to try any more because…..well you know what happens when I start messing around with my computer, Bill. lol

    Talk to you soon.

    PS. Guess what Bill?

    I had to move my blog because of hosting problems. I followed all the instructions and still lost all my pages. I’m beginning to think I’m a bit of a computer illiterate and should just leave everything alone. lol

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Paul,

      You’re not illiterate in the least – far from it. You’re turning into a techie, in fact!

      You’d be surprised just how many people lose their content, which is why there are a ton of services/applications designed to backup sites. Google can help you here. The are loads for WordPress blogs. I write in Windows Live Writer (formatted for my blog), and save all content to a separate drive, as well.

      I don’t think using Vista basic should cause any problems. When you are faced with system slowdown, it’s always a good idea to run Task Manager, or an alternative, to see what processes/services can be shut down. Doing this might help.


  10. Thanks Bill,

    I have Livewriter but have gotten in the habit of writing online on my blog. I won’t do that again. I guess maybe I should start using it again.

    I’ll try the task manager you mention, and I’ll also look at the site backup applications. I never actually knew anything existed for that.

    Between crashing everything in sight and picking your brains, I’m getting quite the education Bill.

    It’s funny isn’t it, the only time you learn anything is when it all goes wrong?

    Have a great Sunday Bill.

    • Bill Mullins

      That’s the human condition Paul. It’s often said, that we must make the same mistake 5 times before we learn. I’m a perfect example of that. LOL! But hey, I know guys that take 10 times so, ………….

      Talk to ya later,


  11. RoseD1st

    Bill I guess great minds think alike *wink*