Release Notes


- various bug fixes and some UI improvements

- for details see:


- reverted the wavpack.exe version to the older version

- google artwork retrieval

- playlist synchronisation for MTP devices

- various minor bug fixes


Revamped user interface with more customisation and layout flexibility

Many users should see substantial performance improvements, especially for large libraries

Details in

NOTES for users upgrading from v2.x:

Most settings will be upgraded but the panel arrange settings wont. The panel layout can be configured by clicking the Panel Arrangement button to the left of the search box. Also see:

Although your existing skin should work with version 3, some skins won't look great with the new GUI design. Check the Skins board for updates that are not included in the release package:

Most plugins should work without modification when using version 3. Two exceptions are: Statistics: Similar Artists:

An embeded Web Browser is no longer included in the MusicBee application itself. Web links will now open in your default browser. However, you can still view web pages within MusicBee using an updated version of the Web Browser plugin.


Update to reduce bandwidth used for downloading artist pictures.

Various bug fixes.


Device synchronisation - speed improvements, enhanced UI, and more flexibility with files and playlists to be synched

Improved support for creating Virtual Devices

New "Recently Added" node in the podcasts panel

Various speed improvements when loading panels

Improved continous folder monitoring - now detects updates and deletions

Various UI enhancements for setting fields and editing the formula for virtual tags

Integrated Shoutcast radio station directory support

Player support for DSD files (but no tagging support)

Plugin support for UPNP devices

Plugin support for XBox music subscriptions and custom radio stations


Update to remove SSL3 protocol for https connections due to the "Poodle" vulnerability. This update is required for logons to work.

Also addresses an issue with locked MTP devices causing MusicBee to run at very high CPU and memory usage.


New "expanded view" for the artwork layout, where tracks are displayed in-place in the panel

Expanded view includes support for when the artwork layout is grouped by artist

Enhanced file organiser: you can define rules in the auto-organiser for each drive, and to move files across drives

The volume analysis tool has been enhanced to give better feedback and control when peaks would be clipped

Support for searching and playing internet tracks via Soundcloud

The progress of long running operations now shows in the windows taskbar (win7+)

Various layout enhancements for the Tabs Bar

Enhancements to the "Now Playing Assistant"

Enhancements to "Mixer" playlist criteria and shuffling

The library explorer can now be set to not filter tracks in the main panel when viewing Inbox and playlist nodes ie. allows dragging files from the library explorer into the main panel

Library filters can be directly edited using the right click button on a library filter node

Improved handling for winamp visualisers and support for "desktop mode" with other visualisers

Support for premium podcast subscriptions

Media keys should now work without the need for the "media keys" plugin

Various new plugins, such as VST sound effects, Discogs Tagger, Track Previewer, Skip Silence, MP3 Blog/ Web File Analyser


various bug fixes


thumbnail browser that shows artists, albums and genres with thumbnail pictures

"Track with Thumbnail" layout for the Now Playing list

improved layout and navigation for podcasts

improved podcast directory

new mini-player layout with artwork and spectrum visualiser

improved layout and additional configuration options for the Compact Player

improved search functionality in the Compact Player and Now Playing Assistant

volume analysis now uses the EBU R128 algorithm

OPUS is now supported for encoding

improved scrobble handling when the connection drops

various other changes - see forum 2.3 release log


search entire library feature

tag undo function

new and enhanced layout settings

various performance improvements

now shows high quality artist pictures

artwork download tool

theater mode and compact player now show movie backdrops for soundtracks

full synch backup function

various other changes - see forum 2.2 release log


new modern Compact Player mode which is focused on artist and album artwork

improved playback buffering and gapless playback for all output modes

various new layout options, improved usabilty and navigation improvements

wave bar and large spectrum visualiser that can be displayed in various configurations

tracks in your library can be colour highlighted according to custom rules you define added as an online music source for the auto-dj and as a genre based radio source and added to the radio station directory

enhanced playlist and artwork format support for MTP device synchronisation

numerous other changes - see forum 2.1 release log

2.0.4663 updated

XulRunner (for the internal web-browser) updated to the equivalent of Firefox 16.1 to address a Firefox security issue

no changes to MusicBee itself


TheaterMode plugin that has a visually oriented and minimalistic layout

player enhancements

  • improved buffering for music playback
  • 15-band equaliser
  • playback of cuesheet files is now continous
  • OPUS file support
  • HDCD decoder plugin
  • support for Winamp output plugins

interface enhancements

  • windows 7 AeroSnap is now supported for skinned window borders
  • the main menu can now display as a button in the windows caption bar
  • tabs can now be docked in the windows caption bar
  • new "flat layout" for the player controls panel that has a more modern look
  • save and load custom views
  • various layout settings and enhancements
  • auto-open the left navigator panel when it is collapsed
  • various new hotkey functions
  • select or skip playback of files using a tickbox

auto-playlists enhancements

  • filter on similar artists and on similar tracks to the current playing track
  • various shuffling types to change the distribution of the matching tracks: Random; Higher Rating Preferred; Same/Different Artist
  • filter out duplicate tracks with the same artist and title on multiple albums
  • manually add extra files by drag/dropping files into the auto-playlist
  • filter based on information for the current playing track
  • the auto-DJ can now select similar tracks to the current playing track
  • plugin to generate playlists based on data from


  • support for windows 8
  • upgrade to .NET4
  • upgrade the internal web-browser to the equivalent of Firefox 16

video support (playback via a plugin and video file organisation)

new Swedish translation and updated translations for: Dutch, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Simplified Chinese

numerous other changes as documented in the MusicBee forum


final release for version 1.4


CD/DVD burning for win7 and vista

artist photo slideshow and new "playing track" tab

new layout customisation settings

library explorer now has tabs to jump between different filters

play queue manager and auto-pruning for the now playing list

now playing list can now be displayed with album artwork

static playlists can now be set with specific views and fields

advanced naming functions for organising files

auto-calculated album ratings

volume analysis now allows adjusting the calculated replaygain values with clipping detection

option to automatically detect duplicates when importing files

new skins

completed Polish translation

various bug fixes


new layout options including docking the player to the top pane

play .m4a files using windows 7 AAC decoder

play or filter similar artists

support for Winamp Input plugins

Album & Tracks layout now has an option to show a preview of album tracks

faster display in Album & Tracks and artwork layout

larger pictures in the artwork view

Auto-Playlists can now group by results by whole albums

support for bookmarking tracks

functions supported in file naming templates (eg. If, IsNull, Left etc)

Dutch, Japanese, Polish and Spanish translations


final release for version 1.2


upgraded MusicBrainz API to address changes causing the CD Ripper and Auto-Tagger to return incorrect results in some cases

added French localisation

added plugin support for retrieving and playing tracks from Media Servers (a Subsonic server plugin has been created)

various bug fixes


localisation support

various improvements to the Artwork panel layout

new support for album-autotagging

various bug fixes


new player layout mode (compact player) and additional customisation for track information

new songkick concert functionality

new radio station type using tracks from Jamendo and ability to include Jamendo tracks in the auto-dj mix

new radio station directory support including: Icecast, Shoutcast, Soma Fm,, Jamendo and a presets file

new customisation settings for the now playing popup notification

improved library explorer functionality

improved tabs functionality including drag/drop support

improved layout customisation for the Album and Tracks view

improved album and track auto-taggers

many GUI improvements

fixed WASAPI output distortion on some computers

see for details


new Duplicates Manager

new Artist Visualiser that uses Home Theatre Backdrops ( and to display large pictures of the playing artist

new radio playlist

new autosweep on monitored folders

new support for multi-cpu encoding when synching to a device

new layout preference to dock the playlist from the now playing list panel into a tabbed panel at the bottom of the main panel.

new setting for device synchronisation to exclude low bitrate files from being converted in the 'convert all files' setting

new auto-synch love rating and playcount which can be enabled in Preferences/ Plugins/

new artist track count field

new right click/ Locate Artist available in the Now Playing list

new unlove a track

new 'Find More 'xxxx' in Library' right click context menu item, where 'xxxx' is the current clicked field

new Group By setting in the Artwork view (Album, Artist or Composer)

new nesting on auto-playlist query conditions

new remove tags function

new export subscriptions as OPML file


new LyricsDB added as a lyrics provider

fix mp3 file tags not being saved in some cases (usually when embedding new artwork or lyrics)

fix WASAPI output not working on some soundcards


new WASAPI (exclusive mode) support for Vista, Win7

new gapless playback for DirectSound and WASAPI output for most formats

new support for ChartLyrics as a lyrics provider

new right click/ correct lyrics on source website

new caching for web lyrics

change folder filtering so windows7 libraries cannot be selected

fix folder re-organisation not releasing memory

remove lyricsPlugin and viewLyrics as lyric providers

fix folder monitor so cut/pasted folders are now detected in continuous mode

fix create library when invoked using the SHIFT key being pressed on startup

fix Ctrl-A now selects all tracks in the Now Playing list displayed in the mini-player