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Title: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: greenday1987 on October 04, 2011, 03:39:19 PM
I see a lot of 'thank you' threads for Steven and his wonderful player and thought we should have a single official thread for doing so.. So here it is. Thanks Steven!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: dollop on October 04, 2011, 04:38:40 PM
Perfect, because I signed up to do just this – appreciate!

I just had to sign up and say that I am blown away by Music Bee so far! I've only been using it for a couple of days, but so far it's been outstanding. It's so lightweight, yet feature rich.

I've tried a few similar products, and Music Bee is the clear winner. I can't believe that it imported a library of about 10,000 songs in roughly a few minutes, whereas a competitor took over an hour. (Edit: To be fair, I think that the competitor was checking for dublicates while importing, but still.)

I feel like being cautious, just in case problems crop up with further, heavier usage, but it really looks like this is going to be a keeper. What a sweet (hehe) program.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Sfre on October 05, 2011, 06:11:43 AM
It does everything I need without having to add any extra components to it.
Customizing it is extremely simple and I don't have to search all over the place for things, it's just right there!
I like how you can just go in and directly play your music without having to do the whole playlist thing.
The inbox feature is something I never thought of in a music player and it has helped me organize my mess of music.
I have many audiobooks and I hated having to do special things for them to be separate from my music. Just drag and drop!
Love having the internet integrated in so I can look up something real quick without having to wait for my browser to load up.
Super happy that it has a Metal preset for the equalizer lol No player I've used has that right in it.
Tagging is so easy, I don't have to go and change every track manually like I use too.
The last.fm support is the best. No need for the desktop client and one of the few (probably only I think) to have the radio and love button built in.
Support from Steven and others is quick and thorough. People here actually help!!  ;D
and of course there is so much more  ;)


I never thought I would find a good music player for windows because it seems like windows is left behind in this department imo but I've found it and it's here to stay on my computer and computers to come  :D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: richardap1 on October 05, 2011, 12:57:40 PM
I have tried loads of players which are either very limited (looking at you itunes) or have everything but crash every time you try to do anything (a nod in the direction of MediaMonkey) . MusicBee is probably the best play I have come across, everything is fixed quickly, features are added and Steven is active with help and advice. I was happy to donate, just wish I could afford more.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: chigaimasmaro on October 05, 2011, 07:40:04 PM
I have to say, that MusicBee has actually allowed me to enjoy my music more than I ever did.  The playlists in MediaMonkey would upset because I couldnt get the settings I wanted and like "richardap1" mentioned, it also crashed quite often on me.  I've never had that issue with MusicBee.  Its really easy to use like iTunes , but without gobbling all my system resources.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: duarte.framos on October 06, 2011, 10:17:43 AM
I have been using music bee for some time now and I don't see myself going back to anything else.
Foobar seemed to unfriendly and hard to configure, never got to actually use it.
Music bee was an excellent tagger (drag and drop), but its interface is ugly and the library navigation is way worse, more inconsistent and limiting then Music Bee's "Filter pane" based one.
And Songbird, although it has a nice interface and features but is still buggy and less flexible than Music Bee, even with all the addons. Also missing some basic things like a now playing list.

Anyway, thank you very much for this wonderful free music player, you managed to do what no other big corporation achieved. And the portable version is the best, never drop it! Many thanks!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: 9cupsoftea on October 07, 2011, 09:07:34 PM
I'm glad you made this thread. I always wondered why there was no casual forum section as I imagine a lot of people would like to post appreciation and talk about how they use Musicbee.

I literally spent years looking for a great music player, at one point I was using 3 for different uses (not what I want). There were pros and cons to the others.

Foobar was great with my tags and low resource, but it had no mtp support and no album art main view - as well as requiring constant tweaking.
WMP12 had a great album view and syncing, but it consistently messed my tags and album art, a constant nightmare.
Mediamonkey was great for tags but it was ugly as sin, locked up a lot, and was really unintuitive.
Winamp had great radio support but it used up tons of resources and was a pain to tweak (which it needed).
Songbird had fantastic features, great podcast and radio uses, and was decent with tags - but my god it was a resource hog!
itunes was....just bad.

Musicbee had every single pro, as well as ton more (playing from main player, inboxing new records, tab navigation, auto-shutdown, etc). But the best thing about musicbee is that I've gone from being in love with it, to completely forgetting about it. Now I can just use my music how I want, and I never have to google solutions, tweak the preferences, or run into problems, which is the best compliment I can give it.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: pointingfinger on October 09, 2011, 04:39:15 PM
Love it! 

I needed to find a new media center program when the one I was using continuously crashed whenever I plugged in my Clickfree Transformer SE (which is a usb continuous backup system).  So I went in search of media players that would work with my backup device and found that Windows Media Player, Songbird, and MusicBee all worked fine. 

After some basic testing MusicBee was the handsdown winner in terms of speed and user interface.  Within a couple of hours I had my 50,000+ FLAC and MP3 files imported and the user interface customized to my liking.  This program is drop dead simple, well thought out and very easy to customize.  It's been running crash-free for 11 hours even while a full backup was running.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: boroda on October 09, 2011, 08:26:49 PM
+1
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Anti on October 12, 2011, 05:02:54 PM
MusicBee is better quality and more actively developed than most of the software I've bought.

However, I'm ashamed to admit that after using Music Bee for four months, even though I've been meaning to donate since the first day, I haven't got round to doing it yet. Steven even implemented four or five of my wishlist ideas during that time, and I still haven't got round to paying for this brilliant software!

I donated today though, (just now in fact - half way through writing this post). It only takes a couple of minutes by credit card (or paypal account if you've got one). There's only six fields to fill out - it couldn't be easier.

I'm sure there are loads of people like me who would like to donate, but always think 'tomorrow' or 'at the weekend'. I'd encourage you to go get your wallet NOW and press the donate button at the top of the forum before reading the next post!  Then it's done - you don't need to have it hanging at the back of your mind every time you open MusicBee!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: leadfoot on October 15, 2011, 07:20:29 PM
I'm actually listening to more music because MusicBee makes it easier to organize, and it gets out of the way when you don't need to see it.

Awesome job, Steven, and thanks!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: ksvane on October 15, 2011, 10:06:47 PM
MusicBee fulfills basically any requirement in terms of thoughtful interaction design, from neat interface design to extensive functionality, great mapping and usability, not to mention involvement of end users (us!) throughout the design process. We need more people like Steven!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Steven on October 16, 2011, 08:11:20 AM
Its not just me.
We wouldnt have the fantastic skins without RotemK, blinghound and others. We wouldnt have the great MusicBee icons without v4lve and ferongr. The fantastic tagging plugin from boroda74. The massive effort from the people doing the translations. The help on the forums by ma_t14, anti, and others. The website setup by RotemK and thegreyspot (who also makes his server available for downloads). I'm sure i've forgotten to mention some people. And of course the great suggestions from everyone!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: duarte.framos on October 18, 2011, 10:39:51 AM
Well then I guess a new round of gratitude is in order. ;D
Thank you Steven, RotemK, blinghound, v4lve, ferongr, boroda74 and thegreyspot!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: leoi on November 20, 2011, 07:56:16 AM
I had used Media Monkey, then Foobar.
Last MM that includes video couldn't open m4a files, and I can't copy the 'artist-title' from internet radio.
With Foobar had more or less regular 'sound loop PC Freezes'.
Found about MusicBee, I prefer it, very good.

I also like that the volume and song info are located at the bottom. In FB I had to use 'columns' plugin for that.

Thank you.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: abhinavsays42 on December 03, 2011, 08:15:34 PM
i've used some 20-25 music players (no kidding, i really have) but there was always something very basic that all of them lacked. musicbee, on the other hand, does all the basic things well and a lot of other things that i never expected a media player would do, like last.fm integration.
i'm using MB for about 7 months now i wouldn't be exaggerating if i said it's one the best things that has happened to me this year. this year hasn't been particularly good for me, but that's another story.
here are some things in MB that i particularly good
1. last.gm integration
2. 'artst picture' visualization
3. ability to add hyperlinks and customize them.
4. building filter within a library
5. a layout that covers everything essential - library explorer, now playing, lyrics, artwork
6. built-in tagging tools
7 all these things with a lightning speed.

most amazing part of course is that the requests on forum is immediately attended to. so it continues to grow better.
thanks steven. musicbee is as nearly perfect as it can probably get.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Antkh on December 07, 2011, 07:09:36 AM
Topic-starter has read my mind))) I've thought of such thread yesterday))
Well, needless to repeat, MusicBee is solid full featured music organizer. iTunes is bulky piece of crap. Mediamonkey4 with all it's "exclusive" gold-paid abilities can't even correctly perform ordinary functions, which i need every day (also MM4 failed to import my iTunes library without issues).
Thanks to Steven and all co-developers!
By the way, what about organizing donations? Such a good work and efficiency with updates should be encouraged;)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: JoaoPaulo on December 07, 2011, 11:49:33 AM
I have used (use) various media players as well, but MusicBee turned out to be one of the most complete.

One of the best MusicBee features (to me) is having WASAPI  and ASIO out-of-the-box without plugins... right now it works perfectly with my DAC with no stuttering (in wasapi some media players don´t work properly).

That, and a excellent layout/media library managment, and you have one of the best audio players around.

I would like to thank Steven and other co-developers for the good work done.

Kind Regards,

JP

Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: boroda on December 07, 2011, 02:48:29 PM
By the way, what about organizing donations? Such a good work and efficiency with updates should be encouraged;)
See 'donate' button on home page :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Antkh on December 07, 2011, 05:21:59 PM
See 'donate' button on home page :)
Wow, missed it, sorry!))
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: greenday1987 on December 07, 2011, 08:12:46 PM
It's on all pages too, not just the homepage
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: boroda on December 08, 2011, 01:35:30 AM
No, only on home and download pages.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: donjulien on December 08, 2011, 02:39:24 AM
Music players, text editors and file managers are 3 sensitive areas where I usually choose a "nearly right" candidate, only to come back searching for something better after some months of suffering the small glitches and misses of the "nearly right (but not perfect)" choice.

PSPad is my text editor of choice... but every now and then I try to find something better. xplorer^2 is my file manager, but the same happens. Then it comes music. It used to be Winamp in the early days. Then came MediaMonkey, which I still find pretty good. Then came JRiver which is quite powerful, but then it was back to MediaMonkey. Then I found MusicBee... It's been 3 I think. I haven't looked back!

Many MANY features, but still it doesn't feel bloated, slow or hard to navigate. Things usually work just like I expect them to. I must confess I tried to manually implement something similar to the INBOX with MediaMonkey. Imagine my surprise when I found the feature completely implemented in such an elegant way in MB! Transcoding is really customizable but simple at the same time. Reorganization works like a charm. Look & feel, inspirated on iTunes (in a good sense, I mostly hate iTunes) is clean and elegant. Though every now and then I still need to resort to mp3tag, I do most of my tagging on MB. Device management works quite well. The hability to use Winamp's DSPs is a welcome extra. And the way Steven stays close to the community and releases so often: awesome! Updates and features and more updates and more new features, but the original "spirit" remains.

Powerful but simple, great performance, good for the newbie and the power user alike. And free!
(I will donate, I promise).

Thanks, Steven.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: ShakeMartini on December 08, 2011, 11:42:42 PM
Only one day using MusicBee so far, but I am definitely impressed.

It has been a little bit of a curve becasue I have been using MediaMonkey ever since MusicMatch bit the dust. The latest updates to MediaMonkey in version 4 were way buggy and my frustration finally caused me to stray. Have to say that I don't think I'll be sorry. Adios MediaMonkey!

In just one day of use, I've already found some library issues that were buried in MediaMonkey. Sounds great too!

Thanks for the great product.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: l.dc on December 12, 2011, 09:25:55 AM
After being worked up about some 'bugs' I am back into my greatfulness mood. MusicBee rocks. I must say the Last.fm integration of playcount is one thing that makes me carefree of formatting my OS once in a while since I know my listening habits are safe somewhere on the net and will be back into my fav music player. :D

May the Creator bless you a million times SM for creating something that's so beautiful in managing our digital audio collection.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: theArtist on December 23, 2011, 12:47:42 PM
I installed MusicBee two months ago and my first impression was: "that little thingy radiates the energy!". You know, that kind of weakly perceptible energy that can be felt in things created by a brilliant person.  Later, I concluded to myself that MusicBee is a masterpiece. It is not only an excellent piece of software but also a great source of inspiration about how nicely things can be done.

Awesome job, Steve!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Borgfoot on December 24, 2011, 07:11:11 PM
Christmas donation sent :)

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays Steven!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: bigben on December 28, 2011, 12:02:16 PM
have been using MB for a several weeks now and i have to say I'm very pleased with it.
thanks for all your hard work Steven much appreciated .
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: lnminente on December 28, 2011, 01:00:23 PM
What about adding an Thanks/Like button to these forums? :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: abhinavsays42 on January 31, 2012, 02:55:20 PM
latest update rocks. there's nothing more i want from MB anymore. atleast for now. \m/   :D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: tcman50 on January 31, 2012, 03:25:11 PM
MusicBee is the bomb, 'nuff said.  ;D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: silasje1 on April 28, 2012, 04:01:58 PM
Make this a sticky thread???? But i love MB!!! it is so easy to copy music to a SD card and have it automatic converted.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: l.dc on April 28, 2012, 05:29:21 PM
MusicBee is the bomb, 'nuff said.  ;D

It's a S*X-Bomb! Nuff Said!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: TSP on April 29, 2012, 09:30:34 PM
I can't believe MusicBee is being developed by one person???

WOW!

Thanks so much for your effort!

I used MediaMonkey some time, but had problems concerning the library. I am really happy with MusicBee, but haven't used all the functions, yet.

Hope some people make use of the donation button! Will do so soon!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: TSP on April 30, 2012, 12:05:45 AM
Just installed v2, and this is even more awesome! HOORAY!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: RTY7788 on April 30, 2012, 01:56:02 AM
Almost 100% off iTunes....  Very appreciative.  ;D

IN-FACT.... THE BEST APPRECIATION IS USING THAT PAYPAL DONATION BUTTON. Our MusicBee coder needs new shoes!!!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: MickyD on May 03, 2012, 02:00:54 PM
What a brilliant idea, MusicBee Rules The World Appreciation Society.

I have come to understand that EMBEE, as I refer to it, actually means,” Everyone’s Music Best Emissary Ever.”  I wish I could explain clearly enough just how much I appreciate the work put in by Steven and others, which goes to make EMBEE what it is … and that is brilliant, reliable effective with great sound reproduction … I listen to my music through Bose computer sound system and a bog standard sound card.

I have tried many other programs, (not all), for controlling my music library and since my discovery of EMBEE, my search for peace of mind has ended.  EMBEE has been recommended to a number of friends who all feel very similar to me.  I retain only one other audio program, which is Winamp, and that is out of loyalty having used Winamp for about 15 years.

I do have one major complaint.  Sometimes, when I direct EMBEE to carry out an operation, it just sits there looking at me, adopting a stance of looking over its spectacles and drumming its fingers.  When I repeat the same instruction, the monitor seems to settle back on its haunches and the resolution narrows to a glare.  The HELP dialogue box drops down.  When I check the error log, I find it says, and I quote “Idiot, why don’t you read the help files.”  After doing so, EMBEE returns to its user-friendly status.

I have to say, I hold Steven personally responsible for making me feel so small.    ;)

In my humble opinion, even including my complaint, use a superlative and it describes MusicBee

PS
If the reading of Paragraph 3 brings about a feeling of anything other than mirth/humour, at any level, take a drop more water with it and chill

MickyD
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Gendji on May 07, 2012, 03:13:08 PM
After the next ordeal with Helium Music Manager i went looking for a replacement and stumbled upon MusicBee.

I wished i had discovered it sooner :D.

It does all HMM does and much more and all with a fraction of the memory use and a lot more speed. In order to use HMM with a large dbase for example, well 116k files in my case, you need to run MySql or SQL Server in order to at least keep a bit of speed. But the speed doesn't even come close to MusicBee.

So all in all thank you very much for a beautiful peace of music management software and sharing it with everybody.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: ThaSniper on May 09, 2012, 09:19:32 PM
Hi there.

I've been using other softwares to listen to my music, but always had that feeling that I was missing something.
Couldn't really organize my albums, and always ended up using my computers folder organization. Been like this for decades!

Until I found MusicBee. That incomplete feeling is going away as I organize the albums and tune up the software. Its great!

Way to go!

Thank you!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: awt67 on May 11, 2012, 09:02:03 AM
Wow is all I can say and why wow

1) quicker and more responsive than Songbird
2) features that you have to pay for on Real Player

Loving the landscape feature certainly much better than any other music players virtulisations

Only wish there was an android version (hint)

Keep up the good work  ;D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: awt67 on May 11, 2012, 09:12:39 AM
Forgot to add

Had problems with syncing my phone to several music players but with MB it was just plug it in with no hassle. As Mr Burns would say 'Excellent'
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: izakpolman on May 11, 2012, 09:44:31 AM
Just to say million thanks to Steven and those buddies who help bringing us MB, turning me a die-hard WAMP user becomes one in the beehive. 
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Alexis on May 11, 2012, 05:39:43 PM
 I provide basic maintenance help to others  while accepting no payment whatsoever (never have).   However, lately for those interested in music, I have been installing MB and suggesting in lieu of funds to me, they can contribute to this project.

I certainly appreciate this project... I enjoy my music more than ever.

Thank you Steven!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Huisie on May 12, 2012, 01:50:34 PM
Awesome program particularly now that it's portable.

My Mom and Dad use me as their default techie and I've set this upfor them  in Liberkey as a portable app.
My folks love this program - it makes it so easy for them and they're full-on digital music fundis now.
I've asked them to make a donation.

I also can't believe how good it is at organising a shambolic music collection.
Looking forward to MB v2 final...
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: greenflash on May 13, 2012, 01:41:59 AM
Just downloaded because it was recommended in a technology magazine. AMAZING.  My first goal is a music catalogue; I'm really picky about mp3 tags, artwork, being able to organize my collection by year, artist, etc. I've been using MediaMonkey (which I still think is great) but your program is really good, and found some VERY interesting details like a lyrics internet retriever (Songbird does that, and MM has trouble now that winamp plugin is being blocked), and the ability to link to internet sites (I love Only-solitaire.blogspot.com from George Starostin)!! That is priceless and were my top wishes for MM.  Still have to investigate it more, has a lot of options, but I'm very happy with what I've got. THANKS!! I am a programmer and can only imagine how much work went into this. You made my day, week, month! ;)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: badhouses on May 20, 2012, 02:41:10 AM
 :D ;D :-* :D ;D :-*

I love this program.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: badhouses on May 20, 2012, 02:49:05 AM
:D ;D :-* :D ;D :-*

I love this program.

I should point out the reasons for my love.

* Clarity - layout, things are where you'd naturally want them to be.  Speaker icon next to playing song, lyrics finder, images finder etc, all where you'd want them to be (wierdly missing from winamp etc)
* Efficiency - not many libraries being used here really, things are usually slow with other players (ie, songbirds mozilla base etc etc)
* Functionality - conversions, scoring, duplicate rules (why has no-one else thought of this!!!!)... perfect...
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: FoX on May 24, 2012, 09:38:47 AM
New user here.  I registered specifically (as I'm sure others have) to emphasize how awesome I think this program is. 

I downloaded it after reading a review of different music organizers/players.  Honestly, after I downloaded it I kept waiting for something bad to happen.  I was waiting for some kind of ad to pop-up, or to find bloatware or spyware or similar, among other things, and none of the mentioned occurred.  I'm amazed by this program.  I've seen some products that aren't free and can't even compare to musicbee.  I'm currently a student with a systems/software engineering major, so I can imagine the amount of work it took to put into this, and for it to be free?  Very impressed.  I would have paid money for this program, so I'll donate instead.  =D


 - Fox
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Bee-liever on May 31, 2012, 05:37:27 AM
 :) :D ;D

Just a quick first post to give Steven a B_I_G "Thank You" for MB.
I'm sure everyone I know is sick of me ranting at them to ditch their current player/manager and switch to MB ::)

Just a few tweaks to get the scaling right and I'll be posting a Theater Mod too!!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Sigma on May 31, 2012, 09:49:09 AM
I've been a MediaMonkey user for some time and I discovered MusicBee this morning and thought I'd give it a try. While MM offers lots of features, all I really wanted was a music player/manager that could catalogue/organise my collection automatically, handle all of the file types I use, and look good - MM managed all of those apart from looking good, and things like not being able to lock toolbar positions and window sizes always annoyed me. MusicBee has none of those annoyances and looks slick and modern.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: vinylisgroovy on June 04, 2012, 08:07:48 PM
Over the last 15 years, I've been meaning to organize and catalogue my CD collection.  Now that I have MP3s, audio books, etc. things have changed.  I was pretty set on going with MediaMonkey but I found Music Bee so I thought I would give it a try and I'm glad I did.  I love EVERYTHING about it so far even though I've only had it for a day. 

I have a few challenges with sorting my music but I'm sure I'll find some quick and easy answers here on the forum.  It looks like I can finally get this thing done!

Thanks for creating such an awesome application!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: cenzo on June 04, 2012, 09:11:17 PM
 8)Definitely the best player i've been able to track down.  Was definitely worth the few bux donated.  Keep up the great work.   Looking forward to the next step up.  Thanks for all you've done.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: cenzo on June 04, 2012, 09:16:31 PM
Over the last 15 years, I've been meaning to organize and catalogue my CD collection.  Now that I have MP3s, audio books, etc. things have changed.  I was pretty set on going with MediaMonkey but I found Music Bee so I thought I would give it a try and I'm glad I did.  I love EVERYTHING about it so far even though I've only had it for a day. 

I have a few challenges with sorting my music but I'm sure I'll find some quick and easy answers here on the forum.  It looks like I can finally get this thing done!

Thanks for creating such an awesome application!

I've tried MediaMonkey as well and for less than what you get on MB they want to charges some pretty crazy fees.  Much happier with MB in any event.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: sovereignty68 on June 06, 2012, 07:06:11 PM
I love MusicBee. Simply the best music player/organizer I've came across. Tried MediaMonkey and foobar2k(was the best before MusicBee). MusicBee should be a standard music players on every Windows machines.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: greenday1987 on June 07, 2012, 09:42:47 AM
I love MusicBee. Simply the best music player/organizer I've came across. Tried MediaMonkey and foobar2k(was the best before MusicBee). MusicBee should be a standard music players on every Windows machines.
I think this post
Title: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: mtech on June 11, 2012, 01:02:40 PM
I've wasted so much money only to find crappy products and worse service. I've only had this 1 day and I can see it's the best out there.
I have 55 000 tracks and it seems to handle them with ease.

I've made my donation already. Wish I could donate more  :(

Brilliant product!!  ;D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: RAY16 on June 13, 2012, 08:08:30 AM
I recently stumbled upon MusicBee and I'm currently testing it out as a possible replacement for MediaMonkey. So far I'm thinking it might be, but I need to use it for a bit longer to be sure. It seems to have all of the important bits that keep me on MediaMonkey, and doesn't have some of the stuff I never use. There are some options that are present, but are handled somewhat more "clumsily" than MM, but I could work around those shortcomings with a separate piece of software.

Regardless of what decision I end up making, it's pretty clear that a lot of work has gone into this software and I want to give credit where it's due. A donation will come eventually, but it would probably help if I was employed first.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: greenday1987 on June 13, 2012, 09:41:46 AM
I recently stumbled upon MusicBee and I'm currently testing it out as a possible replacement for MediaMonkey. So far I'm thinking it might be, but I need to use it for a bit longer to be sure. It seems to have all of the important bits that keep me on MediaMonkey, and doesn't have some of the stuff I never use. There are some options that are present, but are handled somewhat more "clumsily" than MM, but I could work around those shortcomings with a separate piece of software.

Regardless of what decision I end up making, it's pretty clear that a lot of work has gone into this software and I want to give credit where it's due. A donation will come eventually, but it would probably help if I was employed first.
What options etc are clumsy?
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: RAY16 on June 14, 2012, 03:07:56 AM
I recently stumbled upon MusicBee and I'm currently testing it out as a possible replacement for MediaMonkey. So far I'm thinking it might be, but I need to use it for a bit longer to be sure. It seems to have all of the important bits that keep me on MediaMonkey, and doesn't have some of the stuff I never use. There are some options that are present, but are handled somewhat more "clumsily" than MM, but I could work around those shortcomings with a separate piece of software.

Regardless of what decision I end up making, it's pretty clear that a lot of work has gone into this software and I want to give credit where it's due. A donation will come eventually, but it would probably help if I was employed first.
What options etc are clumsy?

There are certain features that require you to use the drop down menus in MusicBee that could be accessed through the right click menu on a file or multiple files in MediaMonkey (analyzing track volume, renaming multiple files based on their tags at the same time, etc. — more clicks to do the same amount of work), among other minor issues. Nothing particularly egregious, and it certainly hasn't negatively impacted my opinion of the player in any significant way. I might go into more detail in a separate post if I'm not feeling too lazy, but I'll refrain from doing so here as that's not the purpose of this thread.

*Edit*

I should note that I'm currently using the latest 1.4 release, so I'm not aware if 2.0 has already or will in the future address any issues I have with the program. I may install the latest 2.0 beta out of curiosity at some point in the next couple of days.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: greenday1987 on June 14, 2012, 10:18:39 AM
I run the latest beta releases along side my v1.4 the latter being my main usage player. I'm trying to get time to fiddle with beta releases but I need to set up the layouts and stuff first
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: NerdBee on June 21, 2012, 03:24:29 AM
Just wanted to say, I dl'd MusicBee a few days ago, and got so wrapped up in it that I decided I was going to start an MB wiki! ... Luckily I found this place, and discovered that that's already being done.  ::)

I think this software is fantastic. I hope that I can contribute to the documentation in some way, as starting out was frustrating. I found some documentation (here, I think) that was very sparse. It would talk about a library, for instance, without explaining what that is. It took me a long time to figure out that the folder that everything goes in is a library, and not the individual folders, like "Music", etc. ...

Anyway, thanks for doing this.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Alexis on June 21, 2012, 11:18:10 PM
Just wanted to say, I dl'd MusicBee a few days ago, and got so wrapped up in it that I decided I was going to start an MB wiki! ... Luckily I found this place, and discovered that that's already being done.  ::)

I think this software is fantastic. I hope that I can contribute to the documentation in some way, as starting out was frustrating. I found some documentation (here, I think) that was very sparse. It would talk about a library, for instance, without explaining what that is. It took me a long time to figure out that the folder that everything goes in is a library, and not the individual folders, like "Music", etc. ...

Anyway, thanks for doing this.

Very nice post!   There is some work going on here:  http://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=6304.0
Your assistance/input would be certainly appreciated.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: NerdBee on June 22, 2012, 09:55:21 AM
Thanks. :-) I'm trying to quote here, but I'm more used to Usenet (and Facebook).

I want to help out as much as I can, and part of that is selfish. I figure that if more people start to use and understand the software, that will spur development, or something like that.

I initially thought there was no documentation except the stuff on the site, so I was going to set up an empty wiki and just start slowly populating it, counting on the fact that no one would know of its existence for a while. But if the job means going into someone else's wiki, I'd have to figure the software out first. I don't have any wisdom to impart on it, because I'm still learning.

One thing I want to see is some form of usage algorithm, though that's probably the wrong term. I mean, the typical way in which someone would be likely to use the software. It's important. This sort of program is very habitual, but until one falls into the right habits, it can be frustrating, and the number of people who use it successfully would be smaller. Showing them how to use the software in a typical setup would be excellent.

Hope you're well.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: 9ido on June 23, 2012, 07:45:24 PM
yes,

i have to say thank you, too! this is a great piece of software! i have been looking for a great audioplayer for years, and i just didn't know about this one!

i started out a long time ago with winamp, i think version 2 was a great program for what is was. then, when we started to need media libraries, winamp just lost it. i bought an ipod and started to use itunes. my library grew and grew, itunes was getting more useless every day. it's got a great interface, but it's terribly slow for users with large libraries.

and now i have musicbee. and i love it!

thank you, steven. thank you very much!

all the best,
guido.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: birdman541 on July 03, 2012, 04:43:15 AM
Used about everything else. By far this music player/manager is the easiest, system friendly  players there is. And all of you designing add-ons and such, good job. Thanks Steven for this well supported player, And also it's free!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Nosh on July 04, 2012, 04:50:07 AM
MusicBee is by far the best organisation, tagging, and listening program I've found for my music. I used to use Foobar2000, and I had a custom setup I really liked. I still use that when listening while gaming for slightly lower resource consumption, but when doing anything else I use MusicBee. The interface almost exactly matches what I set up in Foobar200, right up to the queue panel. What really won me over was the mini player. Having that docked to the top of the screen saves on having to switch windows for most tasks, and I don't need to hover over it in the taskbar and wait for controls to pop up. It's nice, simple and fast. More time enjoying my music, less thought about controlling it.

Also, I can recommend MusicBee to friends with confidence. While Foobar is also an excellent piece of software, and it can be made to have an interface for anyone's needs, it takes configuration that most people don't want to do. Most people are pretty comfortable with iTunes, and want a similar interface with more tools, less resource consumption and maybe a queue panel. Other players like Clementine and AIMP3 have unfamiliar interfaces for most people, and others have interfaces that are similar, but look cluttered like Winamp and MediaMonkey.

I know a lot of people with a bunch of FLAC files that were using Foobar, but disliked it because they didn't want to spend time customising it. They just didn't really know what else was out there. I show them MusicBee every time, and I've yet to come across anyone who didn't immediately love it.

Once the video support goes into a stable release, MusicBee is going to be my single program solution to all my media needs.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: diegop101 on July 06, 2012, 06:38:47 PM
MusicBee is (by far) the best program I've found for my music. Thanks for the continuous development.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: intripletime on July 12, 2012, 04:04:49 AM
Brilliant software. So many options :D Thank you so much.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: fiipmode on July 22, 2012, 06:26:33 PM
Signed up as well just to say thanks. Since I finally ditched my ipod, I have no need for iTunes anymore (thank god). I hated it. I can't believe how much better MB is. Is this just one guy (Steven) who created this? Who is this guy, some diabolical genius?
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: greenday1987 on July 23, 2012, 09:12:23 PM
I use MB with my iPod for the record
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Nosh on July 23, 2012, 09:39:21 PM
Signed up as well just to say thanks. Since I finally ditched my ipod, I have no need for iTunes anymore (thank god). I hated it. I can't believe how much better MB is. Is this just one guy (Steven) who created this? Who is this guy, some diabolical genius?

He's not particularly diabolical to the best of my knowledge, just a good programmer and a cool guy.

"I work as an IT project manager, but I don't get to do any hands-on development anymore. As I enjoy software programming as one of my hobbies, I have created a music manager and player application which I've made it available for personal use."

From http://download.cnet.com/windows/steven-mayall/3260-20_4-10056453.html

I use MB with my iPod for the record

I wish I could. I have the 6th gen Nano, which is a great little player, but it doesn't work with MusicBee's iPod management.
Oh well, I can deal with iTunes often enough to sync my player and then use MusicBee for everything else, so it's not a big deal.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: bugmenot on July 26, 2012, 08:57:41 AM
Hi! Just wanted to drop a quick message. I really appreciate MusicBee. Great Software.
It really stands out in the competition. Even the big players like Winamp can't compete.

Thanks alot!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: jmac on August 11, 2012, 05:10:14 PM
Music Bee is the player I had been looking for.  Steve gets what is important and cares to make it right and that is very much appreciated!  I have exclusively used MB now for a couple years or so and think more highly of it the more I use it...well done!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: browm77 on August 15, 2012, 08:03:08 PM
I just wanted to say thanks Steven! : )  Over the past few weeks, I've been amazed at how diligently you attend to questions (whether my own or others) and are more than willing to modify MB when someone makes a suggestion.  This is the best player I've ever used, and even when I think it can't get better, it somehow always does.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Vinyl Wiper on August 21, 2012, 04:22:34 AM
I just wanted to add my thanks... This is the best music management software I've ever used. And I've used ALL of them. I've spent over $2k in the last 16 years trying to find a tool that works with my music, the way I need it to - and until MB, nothing even came close.

The care and thought that's gone into nearly every aspect of the code is evident every time I start the app.

And I can do (and have done!) more in an hour with MusicBee than I could in months with Helium, and/or Musicmatch Jukebox (yeah, I'm showing my age now), and/or CatTrax, or Winamp (ha), or Hydrogen, etc, etc, etc.

And that's not an exaggeration - this morning, I just reorganised, renamed, and converted 7 years' worth of playlists with .aif, .mp3, .wav, .mp4, .m4a, .ogg, .flac, .bcw, and other crap, and without needing to read the manual (again, ha! - but I'm working on it) or worry about where stuff was going and what it'd be called.

As a professional audio restorator and personal music buff, I'm managing around 2 TB of sample-perfect audio, a couple hundred gigs of current customer work, and a badly busted RAID library's scraps, all in the one place.

I wish I could tell more people about this software. But until you see it all working together, it just bores the crap outta most people. And it shouldn't.

I just can't thank Stephen (and this gosh-darned community) enough. (Well, my pension's in next week, so I'll cough up some funds, at least).
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Iasc on August 23, 2012, 12:47:24 PM
http://youtu.be/kIfOjkB17BA
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: greenday1987 on August 23, 2012, 06:49:41 PM
Haha, it's just South Park characters saying 'nice.' Made me chuckle
Title: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: perspicacity on August 25, 2012, 08:12:45 AM
I was really upset when my Windows Media Player started acting up. It got to the point I could only open it as Administrator which was a pain. In frustration I tried for a week to correct the problem.. Nada .. Then I did a search and found Music Bee. What an amazing player. It has WMP beat in so many ways. I really appreciate it and am now glad WMP stopped working as it should.

I'm going to tell everyone I have contact with about Music Bee..

Thanks Steven.. It is an amazing program.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: illmatic on August 25, 2012, 09:59:21 PM
Brilliant software, magnificent support.  8)

Thank you.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: sikm on August 27, 2012, 04:40:40 AM
Over the years I've tried just about every Windows music player - Itunes, WMP, MM, Winamp, Helium, Clementine, Zune, Foobar - and I'm sure that I've left some out.
None of these players allowed me to play my music as I wanted. I have my music stored in separate folders, Popular, Jazz, Showtunes, Plays, etc and  I want to randomly play music 'FROM A SPECIFIED FOLDER' and be able to change that folder as the mood takes me. Sounds simple doesn't it? And yet none of the players mentioned above implements Auto DJ in exactly that way, they nearly all require that you change your library to suit their software.

So for satisfying my seemly mundane requirement - and for all the other good stuff in the package - many, many thanks for Music Bee Steve!

Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: SpeedTriple on August 28, 2012, 02:29:39 AM
You folks have really produced a great player here! I've been an unabashed MM user for about 7 years now, owing mainly to its incredible organization abilities. But it's been getting a bit buggy for me in the past year (multiple installs on multiple rigs, so it's not on my end). When I saw Music Bee mentioned at lifehacker.com, I gave it a whirl.

 I've been messing with it for about four hours and I'm having a lot of difficulty finding anything MediaMonkey does that Music Bee does not (and I have the "Gold" paid version of MM). You guys even make importing winamp plugs ridiculously easy. All in all, your software just seems to run "smoother" (not a technical term) than MM has for me, in a while. What's nuts is that the whole thing is free.

 I look forward to learning as much about the Bee as I know about the Monkey, so all my tasks will be second-nature. It's tough changing media players when you're as meticulous as I am about organizing a large library, but I think I'm a convert! Thanks!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: dreifach on August 29, 2012, 03:24:04 PM
Wow.

I was so sick of iTunes' organization deficiencies, that I was living in music limbo between iTunes, Mediamonkey, and Helium. I would bounce around 26,000 tracks between the three forgetting their flaws until I tried to use each one exclusively.

Then comes MusicBee with possibility to be the one. The Unified Theory of music managers. After about an hour and a half of digging into all the settings I am very impressed. I love the user interface. It looks great without getting in the way.

The fact that this program is being given away absolutely floored me. You could charge $30-$40 easily for this program. (I paid $50+ for Network Helium plus their iPhone apps, and $40 for a lifetime of Mediamonkey).

Well done guys. I'm definitely going to be buried in music for a while.  ;D

-dreifach
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: lensaffair on September 03, 2012, 03:52:28 PM
+1!

As long as I can remember, I used WinAmp for managing my music. But the more my library grew, the more I felt that it's not that easy to filter out exactly what I wanted - tracks choice as well as design. With my first iPod I switched for a (really, really...) short period of time to iTunes, finding myself in overloaded crap. But the worst thing was: iTunes kept editing my ID3-Tags, especially the Comments-Section, where I use to store my ratings. Boy, this was crazy. Anyway, I went back to WinAmp, but due to the lack of Updates and Support, I'm here now.
Loving it. Entirely.

Awesome job! In my opinion the best mediaplayer in place. I'm sure I will be here for a time :-)

So long...
lensaffair
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Nick on September 09, 2012, 09:32:03 PM
I've been using MusicBee for several months now and it is by far my favorite program for listening to music. I've tried many, many different programs including iTunes, J. River's Media Jukebox, MediaMonkey, Songbird, and Winamp among others. MusicBee has great features and an active community with a great developer (thank you Steven!). I still use foobar2000 for basic editing of ID3 tags since I find it quicker/easier, but for anything else to do with my music library, MusicBee is the best!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: catwaffles on September 10, 2012, 09:48:49 AM
Before I discovered MusicBee, I was using Mediamonkey like i'm sure many other users here have. Constant crashing and bugs were a daily thing in MM, which for a paid product you wouldn't expect. MusicBee beats it in every way, and it's free. I really can't believe it. Thankyou.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: greenday1987 on September 10, 2012, 11:28:06 AM
Please consider donating if you feel MB is worth it and you are financially able to :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Chippy on September 11, 2012, 05:05:43 AM
I became a user of MusicBee about 3 weeks ago and made a donation after only a week which shows how good MusicBee is but I thought rather me saying all the things great about what a good job Steven is doing, was to quote an email my son sent me after using it in one day…

“Started using MusicBee, and I REALLY like it! I loaded it the first time, and it didn’t look anything like how you were running it – so I had a quick play, and decided it looked exactly like MediaMonkey – almost exactly like in fact, with almost the same menu options, so I shut it down.

But then I gave it another shot a bit later, played with the settings and got it looking how I preferred – and it is quite good so far indeed! I like the fact that you can filter the library, so I’ve removed certain directories that I don’t want always in my library which is nice. I also like that you can download album art with the click of a button, and dock the mini player – MediaMonkey couldn’t do that. And add a shuffle button to the mini player, and easily customise how it looks! The library looks much better with the album art, and it seems to be pretty quick overall. I like the fact you can jump with ABCDEtc. Overall, I’m impressed – if the shuffle turns out to be decent, then I think we may have a winner.”

Not bad for one days use I’m sure you will agree.

Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: toxicious on September 11, 2012, 05:15:38 PM
I didn't know they made porn in this shape, but this is the best fucking porn I've found in my LIFE!  ;D

Thank you Steve for saving me from the hell I came from named iTunes.
Oh, and I am lazy which means my post ends here, though I still +1 everything else in this thread ;)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: lanning on September 15, 2012, 02:23:27 AM
I once bought something on ebay and the seller's positive thingamajig that he left after I sent the payment was something like "If we were in prison together, I would defend your chastity against all comers. I got your back!", which I thought was hilarious.

I never really felt that depth of feeling until I started using MusicBee.

I got your back!!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Alexis on September 15, 2012, 04:57:00 AM
I once bought something on ebay and the seller's positive thingamajig that he left after I sent the payment was something like "If we were in prison together, I would defend your chastity against all comers. I got your back!", which I thought was hilarious.

I never really felt that depth of feeling until I started using MusicBee.

I got your back!!

Your appreciation is now as clear as day.  LOL
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: bowie on September 17, 2012, 07:07:58 PM
just found the thread & apart from my recent comments in the general threads-

for all those that aren't converts yet you soon will be

i used MB as WMP couldn't even play my wav files!! 

Steven, if you need any avant garde music files just let me know!!!!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Legion on September 20, 2012, 04:43:35 PM
Well, years ago I used WinAMP, then I switched to MediaMonkey, because I just loved the "Album Art"-Look. But I was never really happy with MediaMonkey, because it is a way to buggy. Last.fm scrobbling did not work properly, sometimes MM crashed, ugly GUi and with large collections slow as hell.

And finally I found the perfect alternative: MusicBee.
It does just, what I want.
I can configure it like I want.
It works, just like I want.
Freeware, just like I want my software.
A beautiful, hard-working community and much more...

I love it!
Thank you, Steven! Highly appreciated :).

Kind regards,
Legion

Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Mikelap on September 22, 2012, 02:09:17 AM
Its official ,after over 40 years of listening to music this is the best setup i ever had its fast  efficient and compact. Thanks MUSICBEE.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: rajeev on September 22, 2012, 10:20:48 AM
MS Office, Adobe Photoshop, K-Lite Codec pack and... MUSICBEE - this is "must have" software list on my computer! Well done!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: vitaminb12 on October 01, 2012, 06:57:57 PM
Winamp - A Bloated hasbeen
MediaMonkey - Good but getting bloated with video and it kept crashing and losing its settings
Foobar - looks like it was coded in Amiga basic, and really couldn't be bothered with the hassle of customizing it.
MusicBee... Frikin AWESOME! Very nearly perfect... I cant even think of anything I want added... its that good.

Well done Steven, this is the best music player out there for sure.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Rexedead on October 02, 2012, 11:01:10 AM
Thanks for the best music player!
Site retweeted and Gplused  :D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: desplantes on October 02, 2012, 04:52:01 PM
I discover new things to do with MB every day !!
I like the player and this forum.
Thanks to all of you for your help and particularly to Steven to do such a great work and for your accurate answers.
I'm a newbie here but don't have the feeling to be treated like that by all of you.

Cheers.  :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: jcinacio on October 07, 2012, 08:50:37 PM
Hello everyone,

1st post here, just putting out my appreciation for this wonderful app.
Great player, the tagging/organizer is a must-have, and everything else is just super handy.

Many thanks to everyone involved.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: mickey scratcher on October 10, 2012, 11:03:15 AM
only been using music bee for a couple of days now and i love it already. thank you
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: pbassjunk on October 11, 2012, 02:26:09 AM
RC3 is rocking my world.. thanks MB!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: HtRabbit on October 13, 2012, 05:52:51 PM
Awesome, Keep up the amazing work. ;D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Legion on October 16, 2012, 02:22:36 PM
Thank you for Version 2.0, Steven. Works like a charm until now.  8)

MS Office, Adobe Photoshop, K-Lite Codec pack and... MUSICBEE - this is "must have" software list on my computer! Well done!
should be:
"LibreOffice, Gimp, ffdshow and... MUSICBEE"
Than I have to admit. ;)

SCNR
Legion
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: rygle on October 19, 2012, 07:56:17 AM
Hi,

After being frustrated with various other music players for the longest time, I am very very happy  ;D with MusicBee 2.0 (betas and now final release).

Thanks for all the work you've put in and the wonderful product you've made.

Cheers,

Rygle 

Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Faster on October 19, 2012, 11:44:34 AM
 Been using all sorts of apps to sync Android phone and came across MusicBee a couple of days ago, I wish I had found it months ago I cannot recommend it enough, truly truly brilliant - many many thanks
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: dirk77 on October 31, 2012, 05:04:25 PM
Steven,
much appriciated and yes this serves my 50.000+ collection well. V2.0 is a step forward that is realy giant - my wife uses i Tunes for her iPod, i use Musicbee and i am a happy lad! Thanks and may the sun shine for you, anytime, anywhere.
With cheers from Germany
D.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: TallJohn53 on November 02, 2012, 04:42:32 AM
Another newbie here (not to MB) just to the forum. Just wanted to add my two cents in also saying thank you to Steven and all others who assisted in developing this software. I have tried many players/organizers over the past 15 years and MB blows all of them away IMHO.

Thanks again!!!!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Alexis on November 06, 2012, 02:38:15 AM
It is really great to see guys registering simply to post their appreciation for this amazing program.  Awesome forum... and software of course.  (I have commented already)  8)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: PVTele on November 08, 2012, 09:54:25 PM
And here's another one just registered! I've been using MB for a few months now, and there really isn't anything to touch it. Over the years I must have tried most reasonable music software around, and always been frustrated with one thing or another - but I'm pretty much content now - v. 2.0.4663 is running like a watch  :)

If only I didn't have to use XMPlay or Notation Player to open my 1500-odd MIDI practice files, I'd bee in 7th heaven!

Many congratulations to everyone involved in development and support.  8)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Zak on November 10, 2012, 01:31:49 PM
If only I didn't have to use XMPlay or Notation Player to open my 1500-odd MIDI practice files, I'd bee in 7th heaven!
I used to have hundreds of MIDI files - haven't touched them for years, but they're probably still on a backup CD somewhere.

Anyhoo, MusicBee is compatible with Winamp input plugins, which includes MIDI. You could try the one that comes with Winamp (I don't have it installed), but I downloaded this third party MIDI plugin instead: http://www.winamp.com/plugin/in-asyfon/221812.

I also had to download a SoundFont for it to work, but MusicBee is now happily playing a MIDI of Tomasso Albinoni's Adagio in G.  :)

Just don't try editing tags - MIDI files don't like that!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Zak on November 11, 2012, 08:24:55 AM
Just discovered Send To > File Rescan.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! This will make co-editing in MusicBee and Mp3tag so much easier!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Standards on November 20, 2012, 12:19:15 AM
After seeing the countless people registering to give their appreciation, I figured I'd do the same. I've been using MusicBee for about a month now, and I'm impressed. I see that a lot of people here were driven mad by all the media players they had to sift through. I had this same problem. While I never used mediamonkey for a long time, I drifted to foobar, winamp, spotify, clementine, songbird, etc. Each time I came to a new one I would genuinely like its set of features and whatnot, but there was always something missing that I really, really wanted. Foobar had a terrible time with customization and keeping up with my album art, winamp and spotify both had bad built-in tagging that really hurt my large library, etc. MusicBee, though? I was pretty impressed. The absolute ease of just downloading and sorting album art, tagging, filtering, etc, was spectacular. I'm pretty sure I saw someone a couple pages back say that he/she listened to even more music simply because of the user-friendlyness in MusicBee. I thought about it, and yea, that applies to me as well, so I would like to thank Steven and all of the co-developers/helpers/etc for the great work. I've already seen how helpful this community is, so kudos to you all.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: pworm on November 21, 2012, 08:32:21 PM
I also have to send my biggest thank you to the creators of MB. I tried out so many software and ended up with winamp - more or less happy. But recently I was looking for a 'easier' software for my girlfriend... and discovered MB! And I must say you did such a brilliant work. It's not only my girlfriend but also me who is using MB from now on. I really love it. Again and again I cannot believe how much better MB is than all other players I tried out. Everything I was unhappy with is history. And despite it's powerful functions, it it SO EASY to use AND TO CONFIGURE! Just had to make a donation for your server costs!  ;D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: johncrazy on November 21, 2012, 08:44:15 PM
I registered on the site just so I could show my appreciation of this fantastic software.

For the past two days I've been racking the internet trying to find even a usable piece of music management software. After slowly trying to separate myself from the apple ecosystem, I've dropped iTunes. While iTunes, I felt, wasn't terrible, I just felt like that there must have been something better out there, and with my recent decision to try to start planning for the Nexus 4, I felt I needed to abandon iTunes. I started with Mediamonkey and felt like this was going to be the one. And then I got very much fed up with a few ridiculous things (the sorting was abhorrent). And it also just looked like an amateur piece of software. I then thought that having WMP be my main music management system would be a great idea as it comes default with windows. After seeing a light, a promise out of the program, towards the end of my stint with the software, I literally became nauseous. WMP made me nauseous. I closed the program and never wanted to open it up again. I'd heard about MusicBee, but never really thought to try it.  I then downloaded it and opened it with one of my favorite albums and saw massive hope. The number of options in this beaut is just astounding. People said that the tagging of Mediamonkey was good, wow, MusicBee completely blows it out the water. After using it now for a good deal of time, I can safely say that this will definitely be my primary, and only music  management software. Thank you to the MusicBee team! This is a truly brilliant piece of software.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Alex Lopes on November 23, 2012, 08:13:10 PM
I am Brazilian and my English is not the best, hope you understand.

For years I used MediaMonkey, but I always searched for other solutions. I tested several programs (The GodFather, Foobar, Helium Music Manager, Songbird, Winamp ...).

A few days ago I met the MB through an article published in a forum (I found in a Google search). I was excited, then I downloaded.

Now I can say that I'm fascinated. It is an intelligent software, flexible, lightweight and powerful. I'm talking to all my friends: Download the MB and make a donation!!

I say with all my heart: Thank you and THANK YOU SO MUCH! My search ended and a new world of discovery begins!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: mgh on November 24, 2012, 01:00:54 AM
I just made a contribution, which is a small way to say thank you.  What a great program you have developed, I really love it.  Thanks for all the work you have put into it.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: {VeTeR} on November 25, 2012, 11:34:37 PM
MB is the best! I havent seen nothing better than MusicMatch Jukebox for years, and now.. bam! MusicBee is my fav music app! :)
Thank you for your work! my music library finally shines ordered, tagged and easy to navigate like never before.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: TrevorH on November 26, 2012, 01:07:25 PM
I can only echo what has already been said about this program, it is by far the best I have tried. The functionality is amazing, especially for a freebie! I've only been using it for a couple of days, so still getting to grips with all the options to best suit my usage.
A hearty thank you!!  :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: markemark on December 04, 2012, 01:20:56 PM
Just started using MusicBee recently and loving it. I'm using it to manage my music library (done) and manage my old time radio library (in progress).

Perhaps I'm loving it too much because between the two libraries I've maxed out the 9 custom tags available. :P

Thanks!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: nalian0801 on December 08, 2012, 05:18:18 AM
Love it! 
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: northernlights on December 08, 2012, 07:47:46 PM
Best music player/library I tried so far, and I tried a lot!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: ihavnoclue on December 09, 2012, 10:31:30 PM
I've been uisng MusicBee for a few months and I have to say it's amazing. I was a really big SongBird fan, but it got really slow and had many bugs. I can tell MusicBee's developer is very dedicated to making this program the best it can be. I just donated today after seeing another update with many new features, and I am very stingy with software, using freeware when I can. MusicBee looks amazing, is always fast, and has the best feature set I've ever seen in a music player. Thank you for making my music experience much better.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: amp on December 24, 2012, 01:38:04 AM
Amazing. Been using iTunes since the 4th Gen iPod came out. Not because I'm a fan of the company (never been) but because well...who didn't own a 40GB player at the time? I have had major library disasters because I simply didn't know how the p.o.c. program worked. It took hours of time and organization so that it could be turned into fully fledged disasters. Then over the years I realized how it never acted like a proper player by "monitoring" a specifically given folder as the base minimum feature one expects a media player to have, let alone a proper database system instead of some crippled linear xml file as it's organizer. Despite these headaches and the lack of iPod support from other players, more and more players over time started to support the iPod. Now why the iPod? Well that's a whole new story. Tell me one player out there that gives me mass storage in my pocket, hardware controls and basic DAP for my needs? Despite today having touchy touch fanciness, and lack of storage (typically the boring 8, 16, 32 blah blah sequence), no other player competes with the iPod as a true jukebox player. Now, wanting to shift my library towards something intelligent and fully featured (since years ago, no time or dedication), it was time to move towards the Winamp/foobar/Mediamonkey/<insert gtk related player> territory. When this happened iTunes 11 was announced, LOL, how pathetic is to release pointless features and yet NOT solve the long term problem it has, yet many argue it all over the forums how "simple" and "effective" it is, oh wait, I'm weird. Anyways, one of the strongest players that had always been installed in my pc for years was Winamp. Thing is I personally don't like to use a program that crashes, builds memory and lacks many library customizations, views, usability, let alone handled by AOL, but I wasn't going to discontinue my use over it because of one undeniable feature, Gracenote access). I then started installing the most attractive players with the features that was effective for me under the wiki comparison page [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_audio_player_software]. Of course these lists will never fulfill the little details that one catches if you don't actually install it yourself and play with it. About a handful of the total players available, foobar2000 indefinitely was one of my top picks, as a matter of fact it has been my player for my separate "flacs" for a couple of months already, but my main goal was to move my main .mp3 library away from iChunes to 2 or 3 players simultaneously. Along the installation tests, MusicBee was certainly tested but somehow I uninstalled it...  ??? have no idea why but I was not in an open minded mood or discovery at the time. Later tests using other gtk like players which are certainly superior to iTunes, weren't fulfilling as I had already been using foobar2000 and Winamp. Mediamonkey eventually overcame the test and it was used as my third player to transfer, organize and possibly tag. I finally did the shift by using foobar2000 extensively and Winamp's proper "library scanninng" engine and I have never felt so secured and calm by fiddling with my library so much without having the fear of seeing exclamation point everywhere and broken xml files all over. Once the transfer was done I noticed Winamp doesn't automatically reflect changed upon changes done to the songs, one has to re-scan or something. foobar2000 is another glorious player, does everything how one wants it, certainly not gui friendly but it ain't a cli player. From here on, I accomplished my goal from moving away from the bloated player, but now my other heavy tasks was to mas tag everything in such "masochist" order. Now there was nothing out of order under iTunes either, the tagging I do is quite strict and organization is highly important as I am more of a "tagger" than a "folder" user. As an Electronic Genre listener, the access to Discogs is KEY and high priority, period. So by using mp3Tag a lot and Gracenote under Winamp for detailed tagging of unknowns, track xx, and other goodness is highly important, this is why I continue to keep Winamp as they are a licensed Gracenote client, along with iTunes with the exception that it must be songs imported from a CD and not the drag and dropped music files, LOL again. From here on I noticed how with much use, Mediamonkey was starting to become quite not my priority player, though not certainly a bad player since it does rank highly among others. Continuing on with my tagging and organization and eventually duplicated/backed up across a NAS, I eventually decided to give MusicBee a go once again since some random forum post in [http://techsupportalert.com] mentioned MusicBee 2.0 released and wow, simply amazing. It covers everything that I need, customization very high, and vast amounts of tagging, portable, auto folder organization, something foobar doesn't have but their plugin "file operations" is definitely useful and heck, everything else. I think I have now settled my search and use of a -proper player- that runs light. Dev and team working on this player, I would like to extend my appreciation on such program of high caliber. Thanks.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Pingaware on January 04, 2013, 03:46:03 PM
I've been using MusicBee since June and haven't looked back once. Having stuck with Media Player as long as I could manage, it was threatening to kill the computer with its incapabilities. Switched after a review on Gizmo's Freeware suggested this, and I have to say - it's as close to perfect as is humanly possible. I wish it supported the latest generation iPods, but I know the difficulty of supporting them so can't call this a complaint. I can't at any point see myself going to another music player ever again. Thanks so much Steven (and other developers, skin makers, etc)!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: alicerite on January 09, 2013, 08:59:58 PM
I simply had to sign upwards and also assume that I in the morning blown away by Singing Bee thus far! I've only been making use of it for a couple of days, but thus far it's been outstanding. It's and thus light, however feature rich.
I've performed a few similar paint products, as well as Singing Bee is the evident winner. I can't think that it imported a collection of regarding 10,000 records in about a few minutes, whereas a rival took over an hour. (Edit: To be fair, I think that the competition had been checking for dublicates while importing, however still.)
I feel like being cautious, simply in case issues crop upwards with farther along, heavier use, but it certainly looks like this really is going to become a keeper. Precisely what a nice (hehe) program.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Salieri on January 14, 2013, 03:06:20 PM
This player is just awesome! I totally love it. Since MediaMonkey is not usable for me (again) I was looking for a new player and found this one. Never seen such a stable and great player with this amount of features, simply awesome. Thanks to Steven and everyone else wo is (in either way) working on MusicBee.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: sporkubus on January 15, 2013, 03:26:44 AM
I finally found MusicBee after years of suffering with iTunes... as a classical music fan with a gigantic library, MusicBee has made my life way easier and helped me to appreciate and enjoy my music much more easily. THANKS MUSICBEE!!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: chosencar on January 18, 2013, 05:41:17 AM
I LOVE MUSICBEE. Like many others, I was a begrudging user of iTunes due to owning an iPod touch, but now I'm considering purchasing a 4th generation iPod nano JUST so I can use MusicBee as my full time player!

Best piece of software on my computer. Period.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: bitfidelity on January 21, 2013, 03:42:37 AM
I finally found something to replace foobar.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Bellricky986 on January 21, 2013, 01:46:39 PM
I have to say - it's as near to ideal as is possible. I wish it reinforced the newest creation iPods, but I know the problems of assisting them so can't contact this a issue. I can't at any factor see myself going to another ipod ever again. Thanks so much Steven (and other designers, epidermis creators, etc)!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Thales on January 22, 2013, 02:39:09 AM
I just found out MusicBee and this is simply the best player. I mean it.
For most tech stuff, there is no 'silver bullet', but regarding media management, MusicBee is just awesome. Let me say again: awesome!

And believe me, I've tried tons of players (WMP, Winamp, MediaMonkey, Songbird...). And I won't lie, each of them has something nice that the other doesn't have. And here is where MusicBee comes... its just awesome, complete.

Thanks a lot guys! If there is any way I can help (donate, development, etc), please let me know.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: boroda on January 22, 2013, 07:04:06 AM
Thanks a lot guys! If there is any way I can help (donate, development, etc), please let me know.
You can donate on home page of this site. And you can develop plugin(s).
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: WimYogya on January 23, 2013, 03:47:39 PM
Been a MB user for two days now. Still learning and overwhelmed but the good feeling about the media manager grows by the minute.
In the past I used iTunes (to rigid, limited) and MediaMonkey (too confusing, very userunfriendly interface).
MusicBee seems to be the MB, the Miraculous Balance!
Thanks, Steven and other contributors...
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Thales on January 25, 2013, 03:12:27 AM
Thanks a lot guys! If there is any way I can help (donate, development, etc), please let me know.
You can donate on home page of this site. And you can develop plugin(s).

Nice! Thanks for the info (:
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: WimYogya on January 27, 2013, 05:47:08 PM
Apart from a sincere word of thanks to Steven, Boroda and other developers, I wish to express my thanks here as well to the surprisingly big numbers of common users who provide support. Often I get a reply within a few minutes (if the 12 hour time difference between Indonesia and mainly the USA permits that).
It is risky to mention names, bit afraid to forget someone. But those who are involved in helping me get around in MB in my first days know that I do refer to them!
Within 4, 5 days I learned a LOT!
Migration of my big messed up library and exploring many MB features is almost done, I think - thanks to my 'supporters'.
Now the big work has to begin of cleaning up all the messed up files and retrieving lost tags (thanks, MediaMonkey - I think...)
Plan to do that step by step - not as one big project.
Thanks, all!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Toretto on February 03, 2013, 11:24:12 AM
I'm using MB for two weeks now and I think I'm keeping it forever. Works great as a music player (forgive me but I use it with foobar) and has exactly all the options I need in a music manager. Thanks to the developers and thanks for listening to the suggestions and putting them into practice.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: zjacobss on February 13, 2013, 03:50:13 AM
After Apple released iTunes 11 I couldn't stand it anymore, I have been searching for a replacement but nothing I found seemed great. Last week I tried MusicBee and I'll say it too, I'm keeping it forever :-*
MusicBee works just as I want a music player to work!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: derausgewanderte on February 16, 2013, 08:13:49 PM
Wonderful. Best replacement for Zune after MS made a huge mistake of abandoning Zune player for Windows Phone 8 devices or Windows 8. I love it.
cheers
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: forseti on February 17, 2013, 12:53:33 PM
today on lifehacker top 10: http://lifehacker.com/5984329/top-10-underhyped-windows-apps  :D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: blurtage on February 19, 2013, 05:18:57 AM
Another big thumbs-up for MusicBee. I use 3 or 4 different music players but nothing quite covers all the bases while looking decent like MusicBee does. Looks like it'll take over from foobar2000 as my main player from now on. Learned about it from the lifehacker article linked to by a previous poster.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: TheHybridVigor on February 19, 2013, 05:33:28 PM
Just an awesome awesome music player. It's so quick and resource conservative. There's SOOO much depth in customization/personalization, almost to an overwhelming degree, but I, along with many others, truly appreciate the no compromise level of options.

The community is so active and friendly. I'm really just taken aback at the quality of MB.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: greenday1987 on February 19, 2013, 05:45:42 PM
Options are 'compromised' sometimes if it's deemed that they are over complicating things without enough justification for doing so. That's a good thing. There's a thought process that goes into adding endless options that don't add something worthy for enough users. I've seen that many times
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: psychoadept on February 20, 2013, 07:28:50 AM
Tonight the contents of my inbox have fallen below 10K for the first time since installing MusicBee a few months ago.  I have tagged over 4K tracks and deleted at least that many more duplicate and unwanted tracks.  I'm starting to update artwork, genre, etc as well. My library looks better and is better organized than it has ever been.

In addition to my home installation, I have MusicBee portable on my work computer, and use the tracks that I sync at home as my library at work.

Thanks, Steven!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: greenflash on February 20, 2013, 08:06:51 PM
This was long due. I'm a rabid fan of music and like to have a good collection, tagged, in order etc. I used like most of the rest a zillion players; either lacking or super heavy.

I had finally set on MediaMonkey until I started having issues and the lyrics grabber (a community solution indeed) stopped working.

Then a marvellous friend told me about MusicBee. Wow - what a piece of software, being a programmer myself I know that it's no joke to write such a beautiful project. 

Lyrics? Integrated. Themes, Layout? Whatever you like. Theater mode (Wow! Ain't that pretty?) Internet content? Tagging? I just found recently that it can find album covers too (though I use the great mp3tag for that)

I only had some problems (dumb me) until I figured out the Inbox (and how good that is).  For me it's on the short top list of my essential free apps like MP3Tag, PSPad and a few more. THANK YOU for your hard work and this great piece of software.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Shoeman on February 27, 2013, 08:56:02 PM
Really the best player/organizer out there. It has almost the union of all other players features. Really very very complete. The user interface is really great. I used to use aimp, mp3tag, tagscanner and winamp depending on what I needed to do. Now I can use only Musicbee and it fulfill all my needs with a lot of benefits. The only drawback is that I could find no way to make the tagging features work through my organization's proxy, but I can live with that. Thank you very much!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Ricky Roma on March 08, 2013, 05:11:06 PM
I've been using Mediamonkey for the past 8 years or so. It used to be a really good music management program. It all started to go downhill with the introduction of album art though I feel. Nowadays it just runs very slowly, unresponsive, constant hangs when tagging etc. I've tried many different alternatives over the years but always end up putting up with Mediamonkey due to it's flexibility.

This past week I thought I'd give MusicBee a try. No real expectations. First impressions were that it looked like a Mediamonkey clone. Then I loaded some FLACs and started to use it .......oh boy....this is the Ferrari to Mediamonkey's Fiat Punto , it just FLIES !!

It wasn't until I had a look at Gary Young's "Hidden Features" thread (http://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=7974.0)  that I started to realise just how much work and thought Steven has put into this.  The customising of the left hand side of the screen for super fast filtering and searching just works so much better than Mediamonkey's. It feels like I have a new PC !

I haven't tried tagging yet....but looking at everything else I have the feeling that it will be pretty well handled too.

It's over 8 years since I last changed music apps..but when something this good comes along you just have to move on.

Congratulations to all those involved in the development of MusicBee ...a truly wonderful piece of software  8)





Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: TheAlfred on March 09, 2013, 11:02:49 PM
Me too was using Mediamonkey for the last couple of years and also did not really feel there was a lot of improvement (to be fair they are the only ones who made a working Iphone sync with IOS 5). Before I used Helium Music Manager and JRiver.

With MusicBee, it was the first time that when I started using a new managing program, everything felt "at the right place" and was working really well, too. I found MB fits my workflows so conveniently. Everytime when I think "wait, that's a special situation with these set of tags" or whatever, "I wonder if I can make that work with MB", I mostly find a button for an option which does exactly that...

I will join the coir: Thank you so much for this brilliant piece of software... and keep up the great work!!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: greenday1987 on March 10, 2013, 10:03:16 PM
I just hope to god that Steven is proud :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: psychoadept on March 16, 2013, 09:51:31 AM
MusicBee has corrupted me.  :)

Before MusicBee, all I wanted was a well-developed but pretty basic set of features: easy library navigation, support for audiobooks, CD ripping/burning, playlists, syncing, and an auto-DJ type system.  In other words, the features I had in iTunes but with a *little* more personalization and control.

Of course, MusicBee does all of those well, which is what brought me to it in the first place.  It says a whole lot that the only work-arounds I'm using right now are the Trash playlist for deleting tracks, to avoid a bug that isn't under Steven's control, and using the love/ban field to keep track of my progress with album art.

But then it has all these *other* features, like the inbox, different library views, filters and highlighting, genre organization, spectrum bar, compact player, streaming from online, downloading lyrics and artwork, custom and virtual tags, the list goes on.  None of them seemed like much to get excited about at first.  But since they're *there*, I keep using more and more of them, and liking them, and discovering ways to do more with them, and I've long since passed the point where I can imagine giving them up.

So, yeah.  I'm pretty much ruined for any other player ever.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: dek1573 on March 20, 2013, 02:11:18 AM
Just come across MB and have to say wish I'd found it earlier instead of wasting my time with other probably more famous products.
Been using MB just over a week now totally blown away by it, all we need now is Video and we'll be sorted but as a music Manager and player faultless
many thanks.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: abaez on March 23, 2013, 10:55:58 PM
I too love MusicBee. Don't forget to donate. $5/$10/$20 is well well worth it.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=9BPHYSSZDDWDY&lc=GB&item_name=MusicBee&currency_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_donateCC_LG%2egif%3aNonHosted
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: tom_dl on March 26, 2013, 04:26:14 AM
I know the 126th post may seem a little late to some, but I really feel compelled to finally write here. MusicBee is a brilliantly maintained project, overseen by an incredibly dedicated programmer whose passion is almost unique among free closed-source projects. MB is my favourite program on my PC, and that really is saying something. It is the work Steven has recently done on the compact player that has really inspired me to write here. Just want to let him know that the work is highly appreciated. Keep it up!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Mikelap on March 30, 2013, 02:08:21 AM
Was talking a while back about the Wiki and i got to say its coming along nicely alot of hardwork from you guys,  really appreciate it .Thanks  ;D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Fungud on April 05, 2013, 03:44:16 AM
I checked out MB awhile back & passed on it to pursue MediaMonkey and JRivers.
Coming back, I like what I see. Only had it for a day but here's my 1st impressions:
- - - - - - -
Pros:
It has sleep / fade function that's easy to use. (JRivers does not)
A relatively simple 'Auto DJ' unit to explore your library with. (MM does not)
It' free. (JRMC and MM are not)
it has some pretty snazzy skins. Waiting for someone to do a better 'Eclipse3' dark with neon text one though... ;D
The support online lacks snark or excessive ego!
Always ready to help and not over defensive about their product.


Cons:
Now Playing is screwy and sometimes takes you close to, but not exactly showing, the actual track being played.
Playing entire library at once button very good call. Simple.  But you'll jump around you library as the track changes, as opposed to mixing the library then laying it at your feet like JRMC does. Not that big of a deal. if you missed something, Playlist > Recently Played is there to help.
Easy to get lost in the sauce as you tweak the plethora of controls that lay right underneath the eye pleasingly simple front.
No real remote control function outside of your cell phone. (???)
Adding new tracks still kinda buggy and sometimes crashes MusicBee.
Not really 'intuitive', once you get past the initial functions of the machine.
Maybe it's just me be used to other programs?

Overall, I'm very impressed!
The joining of the two main draws for me (Sleep & Auto DJ) under one roof, is a Godsend!
The remote can wait. And I'll keep dithering with the controls finding that perfect skin-to-textsize-to-contrast ratio.
This will be more important when I get a remote and need to see the text from across the room.


Overall Grade: Solid A.
When I get some $, I'm making a donation.
Just blew my stack on some stuff.
Wife's birthday, Easter for kids, mid-range PC speakers for greedy me!
 ;D




Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: ashecorven on April 12, 2013, 11:52:26 AM
Steven,

Thank you, fantastic work.

Have been using MusicBee for over six months (from MM) and is always fast, simple yet incredibly customisable, easy to backup/restore and has continued to exceed my expectations.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: maximinium on May 26, 2013, 04:18:04 PM
Thanks Steven for building this program and the community for improving it to the point of excellence.

Maximinium
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Danzar on May 29, 2013, 03:28:12 PM
I love this program.  It's prompted me to finally start organising my music collection properly rather than settling with a poor default.

Steve - Is this the same Steve who put together some majorly useful beatport scripts for MP3tag?
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: ajaxender on June 03, 2013, 07:22:54 AM
I am pissed off I have not been using this for years... just been using it for 10 minutes and I'm stunned at how much it does that I've always wanted in a 'perfect' music player. Great job!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: TDEvans21 on June 14, 2013, 09:41:12 PM
Hello,
Better late than never!
I have been using Music Bee for a few weeks now and I can’t believe how simply brilliant this program is from every aspect!! Safe to say it puts other mainstream players to shame!
I love the appearance of the player and customization's (theatre mode is a good touch!), auto DJ and playlist creators are great. Safe to say I have spent hours on this messing with customizations, skins, plugins, layouts etc. The organisation tools, preferences and auto tagging tools are brilliant, phone synchronization is perfect as well as Samsung kies (managing content on a Galaxy S3) is incredibly poor!.
How I have not found it beforehand is beyond me. Thank you for your hard work and dedication in supporting this and developing it further. Recommending it everyone ;)
Regards
Tom
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: LeLeon on June 18, 2013, 12:37:26 AM
Using MB since 3 years. Its simply the best music player who fits for my wishes. Made today the second donation in this long time. Shame on me.

Thx Steven for this service.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Kaelri on June 21, 2013, 06:07:25 AM
I had to write in about the experience I've just had with MusicBee. I just bought a new computer to replace a dead laptop. After simply copying over my Music folder and MusicBee's AppData folder, I installed the latest beta. MusicBee knew right away that it had been moved to a new location, and within a few clicks, I had my entire library, views, playlists - all of it - perfectly recreated and ready to go.

I don't think I've ever had a smoother experience replicating software settings on a brand new machine. I certainly would not have been so pleased with iTunes or its peers. Thanks so much for making it, Steven, and I plan to be a MusicBee user for a long time to come.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: mtone on June 23, 2013, 01:25:15 AM
Just tried the new compact player for the first time. I'm impressed, quite impressed. Great work!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: draft on June 27, 2013, 05:39:02 PM
Hi,
I just updated to v2.1 and for me the program starts and reacts much faster than before. I thought it was because of my many podcast subscriptions but after the update its really snappy suddenly.
I can only second what Kaelri wrote, MusicBee combines a feature-rich experience without feeling bloated and unflexible, awesome work!
keep it up <3
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: vivadavid on July 02, 2013, 10:43:49 AM
Hello,

I've discovered MB only a few weeks back and my best friend is already sick of hearing me say how good it is ;-)

I've been actively participating in the forum and I always get a quick and helpful response, which I'm thankful for.

My only "criticism" is that MB is so packed with features, that you need a lot of time to discover all of them but, in the end, it's great that different users can configure the programme  in every little detail to meet their needs.

Congratulations, Steven!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: oblio on July 05, 2013, 10:11:25 AM
Couldn't register without saying thank you!

You have done an amazing job. I love the solid feel of the program compared to certain others which feel flaky. Custom and esp. virtual tags are awesome. Only thing I really miss from MM is Magic Nodes and sqlite database but that can wait till V3 right?  ;D

Every now and then you find a real gem of a program which excels in its domain e.g. Mp3tag, and I think MusicBee is destined to be such a program.

cheers,
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Pat on July 05, 2013, 12:01:32 PM
Fantastic. Learning every day new features. Love the customization options.
Used iTunes before, but with the no-reason-whatsover removal of cover flow, I thrashed it.
Musicbee was the answer. Thank You!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: balaji on July 18, 2013, 07:45:06 PM
Awseome, "feels" light, and I can use it. Many thanks to Steven Mayall!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: outlander on August 09, 2013, 03:52:22 PM
Thank you!

Music for me equals Musicbee
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: psychoadept on August 09, 2013, 05:26:17 PM
This week I've used MusicBee for the first time for things like creating and burning a mix CD and playing some songs during a discussion I was leading.  It performed brilliantly, of course.  It's also been about a year since a hard drive crash gave me an excuse to ditch iTunes and put my music collection back together with something better.  So so glad I did.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: tromaster on August 10, 2013, 12:46:52 AM
Still a newbie, but loving MB so far. I come from foobar and I won't go back, that's for sure  ;)

Keep up the good work, Steven, and THANK YOU for this awesome program!

Cheers.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: starterz on August 13, 2013, 09:42:36 AM
Hello everyone, my first post here.

To the developers, thank you for an amazing player and music manager. I have been using Foobar2000 since I can remember, when I (mostly) switched from LPs and CDs.

I have a VERY large music collection combined from mp3, wma, ape+cue, many flac+cue, alac etc. 500+ artists, all the music in complete albums, high-res folder.jpg in every album, all tagged.

I am still exploring the options, but this is the first player that I have used more than a day for many years. I like the native customization options, without having to get many additional components. The Theater Mode kicks ass too.

Stay well and have a good day.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: cpearless on August 13, 2013, 12:28:40 PM
Thanks to all involved for this epic piece of software; it's light, powerful and just awesome. Need I say more?
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: e-motiv on September 24, 2013, 09:07:10 PM
I've never done it "officially" :) , but you certainly deserve another..
THANK YOU!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: polyester on September 29, 2013, 12:58:40 AM
Thanks. The best player out there.  Period.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: antietam on September 29, 2013, 07:37:25 PM
Thank you, Steven, very much - your MusicBee is the best. I have about 242 000 tracks in my library, and this fantastic player handles them without any problems. Nothing compares to MB's glorious perfection!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: psychoadept on September 29, 2013, 07:38:50 PM
Comment on the wiki: http://musicbee.wikia.com/wiki/FAQ#comm-3098
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: djginod on October 03, 2013, 09:51:18 AM
I use MB at work, for shuffling a lot of MP3's, and it is a player which gave the least problems with radio streams. Buffering issues, or skipping streams I had with Winamp, or other program, is not experienced with MB, so very great !!!! Also shuffling and etc is great.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: psychoadept on October 09, 2013, 09:57:04 AM
I feel like I've been making an alarming number of requests and bug reports lately.  If so it's only because these new features like the Search node and subheaders (and icons for highlighting!  can't forget that!) are so exciting that I'm using them for all they're worth.  Once again I say MusicBee has totally changed how I interact with my music collection.  :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: stopbrickwalling on October 09, 2013, 07:01:18 PM

The scrolling of library artwork is greatly improved over older versions.  Great work, Steven!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: xandmatt on October 26, 2013, 09:56:46 AM
I've been using for the past few months -- what a brilliant programme. I love the customisation options, the amount of features and how easy it makes sorting through my music library. I've been looking for an alternative to iTunes for ages (been using WinAmp for a while now) and this is clearly one of the best pieces of music software I've used. Well done Steven!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: cheesbee on November 02, 2013, 09:10:12 PM
Hey Steven,
I've been using Musicbee for over a year now. It runs on a headless Samsung Netbook NC10, remotely controlled via TightVNC and/or Musicbee Remote for Android. My collection has grown to >140,000 tracks on NAS. Still running smooth!
I.m.h.o. MB is THE BEST BY FAR (and i have seen quite a few, believe me). Apart from the usual Genre/Artist/Album modes I specially like Random-Play and Auto-DJ with Last.fm streaming. Theater-Mode is a very nice eye-candy.
Now it's donation time. Keep up the good work please! Greetings from The Netherlands.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Barbie-qu on November 08, 2013, 11:37:36 PM
I've been using MB for a few months now, after tentatively moving over from Foobar. As with so many others I won't be going back. There's still a couple of features I return to like Discogs tagging, but I enjoy interacting with my music so much more now that I use MusicBee.
What makes MusicBee so good is the carefully balanced feature content coupled with great usability. You've nailed the flexibility in being able to 'cut' our music collection in lots of different ways, which is so important for music lovers with large collections.
I commend you on your technical programing skills as well, because the software is largely bug free, and the inevitable issues that arise you deal with very quickly.
Big up ya chest. as the old folk say.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: porterdog on November 18, 2013, 06:19:55 PM
Re:  Appreciation.... IN!

I'm a recovering Rhapsody-to-go user and have been pulling my hair out for an integrated solution for file/library/playlist/device management.

Heard about MB yesterday, downloaded... sold.  Thanks!

I just sent you $20; loving the bee.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Space Octopus on November 18, 2013, 08:04:42 PM
 ;D <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Wow. I can't even begin to explain how amazing MusicBee is & how much I love it...but I'll try....

I've tried over 30 different media players, including some that were expensive, like that poor excuse for a rip off of this, called  "MediaMonkey", which costs way too much, isn't close to worth a dime and can't even begin to do 1/4th of what this can, & they even have the audacity to charge for codecs (which I'm convinced they make codecs you have already not work on purpose, to try and squeeze more money out of people), and I've tried other tagging software, etc, and I don't understand why a single soul would ever use anything else, especially Itunes, ever again when there's this. This is purely & simply one of the best pieces of software I've ever used (In my top 5 of all time, from hundreds & hundreds of different programs of different types)??
 It does everything you could ever want, need, think of & even not think of, or expect, & it's all helpful beyond reason, it's easy as pie to use, it's amazing & ridiculously light on resources, especially considering it's abilities, & best of all...it's FREE. If there was one software I could pick to donate money to, this would be it. In fact, as soon as I get some, I'm going to do as much as I can afford to.

I am going to promote the hell out of MusicBee when I finish getting my website up & running, as well as leaving great reviews on any software sites it's on. The customizability of it is a major plus for me, since I'm someone who can't stand white on my screen, or anything boring & plastic looking, basically anything that looks like itunes, & more-so, I need to customize everything in life I possibly can.... and then, when I didn't think auto-tagging, last.fm capability, auto-playlists, customizable fonts & everything else, artwork downloading, lyrics downloading & a million other epic things weren't enough.... then Winamp plugins are compatible? File conversion?! Ipod Sync? I can choose icons? I can completely change my layout to my liking? No freakin way...it's just so amazing & almost unbelievable. I don't ever talk like this about anything, unless I truly & completely love it, & boy do I.

Please, please, don't ever change it much or take anything away (and if it's not broken, don't "fix" it!) because I've had enough heartbreak when every app, software & anything else I really like & even need keeps getting crippled by stupid developers & the morons who decide to listen to other morons who want things much simpler & more stupid & less functional. MusicBee is truly perfect, one of a kind, & completely the best media software I think has ever been made. I love it wholeheartedly & am so thankful for it, partly (that's not all though) because I have over 60,000 songs & I have had absolutely no possibility of ever being able to organize, tag, remove duplicates, filter or do anything else I've needed & wanted to do for a long time...until now. It's saved me countless days, even months worth of time I'd have to spend tediously doing any of these things, & time is SO precious to me?

Ok, enough gushing....but seriously, one last thank you, for the best thing that ever happened to media, ever. I wish I could find a way to personally convert every single person I've known enough to care, to using this, because it's a gift & straight up magnificent thing to use.

...not...that...I feel strongly about it or anything.......lol.....  ^______^

<edit> Oh yeah, and I'm someone who can't learn from instructions, I only do by "playing" with whatever it is & checking out all settings, plus add in great common sense & deductive reasoning, it's easy to do, but even if I didn't have these abilities, I believe this is one of the most simple, easy to use, intuitive pieces of software I've ever used. Everything is so straightforward & at no point have I been confused. Usually I get frustrated spending hours and hours with a program, but as time went on over the past 3 days, I just fell more & more in love. This is truly a brilliantly put together masterpiece. Honestly, there's not a single complaint on my side. It also seems that involvement of users & listening to request/suggestions goes a really long way, & add in the contributions from others, it's an incredibly perfect collaboration. I don't think any company that spent a lot of money could even do what's been done here, & I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I'm going to donate $20 today & probably more down the line, because I know this will be one of few programs I use often & actually enjoy using, & don't feel like anything is lacking from. I've listened to more music in the past few days because of this, than I have in years. I'm able to rediscover music I have, or discover stuff I have but never got to hear... really, I couldn't be more happy about this & I'm sure it will continue to be a winner that nothing else can compare to. Keep up the great work, everyone, & really, top notch work on everything & making it a virtually bug-free, light piece of software I can comfortably run while I have 30 tabs open in chrome with extensions (resource HOG), Photoshop CS6, & a couple other smaller programs, & not have my computer slow to a crawl, or be unable to do anything. It's so lovely & makes me very very happy. I love music a lot, but haven't been able to really enjoy it like this in years, maybe even ever.  It's not just software, it's an experience!!!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: derausgewanderte on November 18, 2013, 10:30:29 PM
best music player for Windows 8.1. Handles my >50k song library with ease. With recent event ghost plugin (by Pako) I can finally control it via my Lumia 920. It also recognizes my L920 for syncing.
Can't ask for more.  Promoting it where I can
http://www.neowin.net/news/musicbee-22#comments

Remote Control on Lumia 920 Paused:
(http://i39.tinypic.com/28c29o1.png)

and with an icon on the Lumia 920
(http://i44.tinypic.com/fd93pj.png)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: fiewi on November 22, 2013, 10:37:21 AM
Steven, thank you so much for taken the time, the energy and creativity to offer to all of us free this wonderful music player. I really appreciate it any truly hope you get the satisfaction and "thanks" you so much deserve. So thank you once again! A big fan of yours, F.-
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Akumasama on November 30, 2013, 02:45:43 PM
I'm loving this more and more and more and more everyday, thank you so much Mr. Steven!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: sarah777 on December 04, 2013, 01:29:33 PM
Just moved from WINAmp. R.I.P. But this program is awesome, wish id found it before.

Thank You So Much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarah
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Akumasama on December 05, 2013, 07:09:19 AM
Best way to thank Mr. Mayall is to use the shining "PayPal" button in the upper right corner of the screen! :D :D :D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: greenday1987 on December 05, 2013, 08:51:24 AM
Best way to thank Mr. Mayall is to use the shining "PayPal" button in the upper right corner of the screen! :D :D :D
Couldn't put it better myself
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Moesh on December 08, 2013, 11:12:19 PM
I've been jumping from music player to music player for the last three months trying to find things that meet my specific needs. Music Bee did exactly that. Now I can rate my songs, see the update reflected in my physical files, and edit tags properly. And the interface rocks hard.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: te777 on December 12, 2013, 10:21:32 AM
Just moved from Winamp RIP. This player is great! Thanks Steven! I also have a program on the Web that is free but not open source. I respect the decision of yours to not make it open source. My decision not to go open source is because the nature of the program would lend the source code to be used for possibly others' monetary gain.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Diederik on December 12, 2013, 01:34:18 PM
This is one great music player! It can handle almost all of my library organisation wishes and even things I wouldn't have thought of myself. It is easy to get lost (in a good way) in MusicBee's unending customisation options, with its plethora of display options, tagging options, and general configurability. Therefore I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Steven Mayall for this great music player. Thanks!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Diedrict on December 15, 2013, 08:08:15 PM
thank you, musicbee is best.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: finzenmaster on December 23, 2013, 08:44:27 PM
Thank you for this awesome program, and also wishing
happy holidays for both Steven and all the MusicBee users around the world!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: psychoadept on January 02, 2014, 06:09:39 PM
More positive feedback via the wiki: http://musicbee.wikia.com/wiki/FAQ#comm-3338
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Trilyan on January 07, 2014, 01:14:58 PM
Lightweight
Portable
Open Source
Feature Rich
Customizable
Constantly Updated
Rich User Support by Developer
Awesome Community

and most important of all.. TOTALLY FREE!!  ;D

if you don't love MusicBee.. go check with your doctor.

THANK YOU STEVE  :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Havokdan on January 07, 2014, 01:30:54 PM
Open Source? MusicBee?
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Steven on January 07, 2014, 06:14:22 PM
MusicBee is not open source but please do not discuss that on this thread
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: nepanitukka on January 09, 2014, 10:40:32 AM
nice piece -

normally i am using foobar which was to much of a hazzle for most of my friends to set up

this seems to turn out costomizable and way easier to handle than foobar.

greetz
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: scouser73 on January 19, 2014, 09:55:56 PM
I've only been using Musicbee for two days, it is an excellent music player/library manager etc.  ;D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Katzz on January 21, 2014, 02:39:06 AM
Been using MusicBee for a short while now.  I have an enormous collection of mp3's and until MusicBee I haven't been able to find a media player that can deal with it.  There was a small learning curve for me but it was really worth it this is an awesome program.   I really love the theater mode, and have been recreating my own customized version which is really easy to do.  Thank you, this a very, very good program!

I made a screen capture of the theater mode skin I edited from using the Default and Rdio Style... if anyone wants to see it they can at http://katzz.me/musicbee.jpg  Anybody can personalize it with ease...... Thanks again.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: psychoadept on January 24, 2014, 02:45:14 AM
Thank God for MusicBee!

My hard drive crashed a couple of weeks ago and my computer is away being repaired. In the meantime I've been able to resurrect MusicBee on my external drive, using a backup I made a couple of months ago.  I was also able to recover a ton of MP3s from the dead drive (25,000, when my library, including Inbox, was only 14,000, so the file recovery must have dredged up some deleted stuff too).  Once I'm able to sort through and compare duplicates, I'll have lost very little.  Since I'd been doing a LOT of manual research and tagging recently, that's huge.

The remap folder function has already saved me a big headache, and I imagine I'll be using the Replace File function a lot, too.  I expect by the time my computer returns, I'll be more less able to pick up from where I was before the crash.  Without MusicBee, I would have been sorting through 25,000 files from scratch.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: CapZap on January 27, 2014, 05:57:42 AM
I've used Music Bee for about three years now.  It's the best ever.  I started in the late '90s with WinAmp and have probably tried every music player that has come down the pipeline., whether paid or free.  (I think Winamp was $10 early on.)

Anyhow, Music Bee is the best of the lot.  Just does everything well and has lots of innovations that the others haven't picked up.  It's my only player and I use it daily.  It's elegantly done.  Thank you so much.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: dylstew on January 28, 2014, 05:29:18 PM
Previously I was using Winamp with the plugin/skin Classicpro2(Aluminium), which greatly improves the big bento skin on wimamp.
The biggest changes were tabs and a sidebar.
I heard Winamp is stopping soon, so I checked out some alternatives just to see if one is better.

I tried Windows Media Player before Winamp, it sucked.
I tried Itunes After, it sucked.
VLC as a music player? Are you kidding me?Video:Yes. Music:No.
Than I tried Foobar2000. It was the ugliest player I've ever seen. Customizing it was confusing as hell.
To not make it ugly I wanted to install a good looking skin. Every good looking skin needed a shitload of plugins that all had seperate downloads. Sometimes I could not find the plugins, sometimes I could but whenever I was done installing it always resulted in a crash or a barely working foobar. Also, most of the useful features were plugins. I also still preferred Winamps layout.
By now I was looking for a player that supported multiple genre tags. So i tried Mediamonkey, which I didn't like at all

But than I found musicbee. At first it was confusing and I found winamps layout better.
Than I clicked around and found out it was very customizable. After a while it became a lot easier to use.
It took a while, but I had finally set it up the way I wanted it.
Everytime I clicked around I discovered more and more awesome features, even though the thing itself is very lightweight.
The multiple libraries, the seperation for audiobooks and podcasts, the tabs/now playing sidebar, the intergrated video,browser,etc, The tags information, the editor, the inbox, the converter ,the customization, the lyrics, the compact player, the last-fm intergration, etc.
There are a few minor issues I have, but aside from those it's  the best music player I've used.
It's a fucking awesome music player, and best of all: It's free!

Thank you :D




Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Sel-Borum on January 29, 2014, 08:49:16 PM
WOW!

Close to 20 years of using many audio programs to play my digital collections and I am truly happy with this! Starting off with Win95 & Windows Player Classic; and in early '97 back when Napster was around moved to early versions of win-amp and the likes. Then ( I am embarrassed to say) iTunes had this Cover Flow feature which had me hooked for a long time. MediaMonkey and JRiver are both good programs and I found enjoyment with both, and won't put them down. BUT......  NOTHING COMPARES to the enjoyment and satisfaction of using Music Bee!

Three days ago I found a new audio file type called .opus. Media Monkey couldn't play them, I found Music Bee while looking for an opus player.

After installing your program, I spent the next 8 hours without break; exploring, configuring, tagging, having my mind blown away, found auto-tag album, fixed wrong tags, shaking hands with this new program, fast becoming best friends. Took a break for an hour and then back at it till 1:00AM that first day! My wife said she never saw me so happy with my music! The next day was a repeat, full of new discoveries and little features inside Music Bee that just blow my away!

The audio quality is superb and plays all files including .opus without fail. I love the playing track panel and reading about the artists/bands. Love the scrolling Artist Photos (found that one today1). The programs stimulates the ears with song, the eyes with art, and the mind with Bio's.

This is by far the BEST FUN I have ever had with a music media program. It really exceeds on every front!!

Thank you!!    ;D

Eric
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Pingaware on February 05, 2014, 11:41:08 PM
I'm well into my second year of MB use, and over a year of active presence here, but I'm still unlocking the potential of MB. I have a very large and poorly sorted selection of files that I'm slowly cleaning up. MB allows me not only to keep the sorted and unsorted files in completely separate libraries, but to name the majority of the 4000 un-named files without manual searching, to create a third library to check for duplicates over all my files, and to sort and tag the processed files to my heart's content.

I've said it before, but I'll say it again - I cannot express in mere words how much I love MB. Even if Steven were to die today (God forbid), I would be using MB for a very very long time in the future. Thanks Steven!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: hurdlejade on February 08, 2014, 11:45:59 AM
I love this app. It has a lot of skins and many features already built in. Ability to run as portable is really handy.
I just wish it was more noob-friendly :) Perhaps some more predefined layouts and so? Before MusicBee I was stuck with WinAMP for years, and I never liked the way FooBar looks like.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: fsurfer on February 09, 2014, 04:51:40 PM
Came across MusicBee today, great to find an app that doesn't require you update it's own database and does not rely on tags alone...now if I can figure out playlists  ???
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: kaku30xyz on February 10, 2014, 09:36:08 AM
THIS IS THE BEST MUSIC PLAYER EVER . YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB STEVEN. :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: martynonline on February 14, 2014, 05:54:32 PM
I've just registered especially to say thank you for making such a brilliant creation! I was so impressed by how clean and simple (on the outside) yet effective (behind the scenes) MusicBee is that I was compelled to donate!

Keep up the good work!

Martyn  ;D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: edcredible on February 18, 2014, 02:33:14 AM
Just wanted to say that I am so glad to have found MB. Growing up with WinAmp and then being forced to use Windows Media Player at times, I'm glad that my colleague pointed me in the right direction of MB. Awesome job guys!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: SpyrosKappa on February 25, 2014, 10:45:19 AM
I really would like to address this post to the creators and comunity of Musicbee, as a thank you note for creating this great music library tool.

I'm an ex-Winamp fanatic user and after the announcement of closing the winamp I went on search for the new software that would bear the havy duty of managing my music library.

After some reviews I chose Musicbee among Media Monkey and Foobar2000 as the continuer of the now lgendary Winamp. After a week of use I have to say that I'm impressed of the effectiveness of Musicbee's features. Not only satisfies in a total way my needs as Winamp did but Musicbee show me some additional features that I haven't while I was using Winamp (the all fields ability of choosing in customized views, the ability to managing playlists in the view settings of the library and not just as a track list, the powerful and flexible in-software Tag editing without having to open another tag editor -which now I only use in major and massive tag editing-, to name a few among many others).

To all the Winamp users, I say "The promised land that milk and honey flows is here".

If anyone Winamp user wants any more info, feel free to ask.

So, Musicbee team, accept my humble congratulations as you've just gained a demanding user.

My greetings from Athens, Greece.

Best wishes,
Spyros Kappa
http://musicicue.wordpress.com/
http://www.mixcloud.com/spyros-kappa/
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: holuschi on March 28, 2014, 12:03:45 PM
I tried a lot of players, Winamp, foo bar, Music Monkey, iTunes, AIMP, … but none fulfils my requirements as good as Music Bee: It is so fast and cute with so many possibilities! AND: Music Bee is the only player playing my music collection on a Windows 8 tablet – quick, cute and with no problems -  from a NAS. I use with great pleasure every day – thank you so much.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: ChristopherE on March 28, 2014, 08:57:02 PM
I occasionaly get the urge to try out other players, but within minutes I always go back to the BEE.

Not only is it the best player, for me, it is the only player that can handle and organise my collection of several thousand albums ranging from classical to new wave and heavy metal.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: rooibos on April 10, 2014, 03:37:08 AM
So, right, I just registered to this forum - stuff I never do - to thank you on this quite well made software. I came from amarok & foobar so that means a lot.
On the negative side, 'cause the positive is obvious, the forum register system is, although efficient I guess, not really a pleasure to use.  The auto-dj feature is nice, but the options are not flexible enough (randomness  + some highest rated + some difference with some smooth faders would be nice).
Otherwize, pretty cool piece of software, have used it for a week or so now, i'm still asking myself questions like will it be able to export my ratings ? Or more generally can I save my settings easily ? I guess it should & would but haven't tried it yet.
Haven't tried the upcoming release nor other internet services except radio, but generally I don't like those services in an audio player.
Anyway, my 2 euro cents, Congrats & be well !

Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Snilsen on April 15, 2014, 04:14:08 PM
I dig it very much.   I downloaded after JRiver just crapped out too many times for me to take.  It was crashing on 24 but files... pos.  So, I went seeking out a lightweight player and I scored a sweet 2014 review that put Musicbee on top.

To add to all the interface/feature praise, I think is sounds tits.

on WASAPI the music THUNDERS out to my DAC.  The slap of an acoustic bass ... scary real.

Using JRiv WASAPI, volumes were _much_ lower.  This WASPI here on Musicbee is the only player output as loud as ASIO on my second system.  Loud is good.  Fine volume control is for wussies.

I listen from netbook with a Schiit Modi DAC, massive KT-88 valves and Monitor Audio RX6 speakers.   
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: themmm on April 25, 2014, 11:58:58 AM
I just love MusicBee. Its getting better with every update. Every time i think about a feature that would be cool its already there!

THX so much!!

10$ donated. Totally worth it.

themmm

P.S. The new "iTunes" like Album preview is awesome!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: late on April 26, 2014, 10:12:54 PM
I got very familiar with WMP for my music managing at first it seemed totally appropriate for me since I didn't need anything special.

Then I found (now 'dead') music player called Songbird totally fell in love with it. After I heard the developing had stopped and there were too many bugs riddling I couldn't use it happily anymore. After that it was "Nightingale" a community driven version of Songbird, it didn't feel the same and I went on to Winamp. I really didn't like it at all and outright stopped using it after a week or so. WMP again, it worked, its lightweight (well not really) and was good for me. After some time I stumbled on to a new one called "MusicBee" I think it was from some site where a few media/music player/managers were listed and I decided to test it. Totally blown away with it. After I started to use flac more and more with my music wmp didn't work anymore, and here we are.

Thank you Steven for this. Keep up the excellent work!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: ben. on May 06, 2014, 06:22:21 PM
i really need to say: what an awesome music player :)
so much thanks to all of you guys, especially steven and the supporting guys in this forum <3
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: rladngus on May 21, 2014, 05:50:58 AM
Thank you!! Don't know what else to say. Just that I'm so thankful that MusicBee exists. I loved Winamp and I still love it, but MB is just so much better.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: galactica12 on May 30, 2014, 08:01:49 AM
I was a long time iTunes user, and while I don't believe the later versions had too many issues, I never realized just how nice customization was in a program. I sold my iPod, and realized I didn't really need to use iTunes anymore and stumbled across a software review on lifehacker; MusicBee was the number one choice on the review. So I gave it a shot, and am absolutely loving it, even with the bugs! It's almost sad how a one-man team responds and fixes bugs faster than large multi-studio teams can. I think I'll be sticking with MusicBee for a very long time.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Pennywize on May 30, 2014, 02:35:39 PM
 ;D
 Hi Steven (and all the others working on it)
I `m activ in music since about 25 Years right now. having a biblio at 3 TB right now.  Have tried a lot of programs like itunes,songbird,winamp and many others to manage this the last years, there is till now no program like yours Steven. Feeding all my needs , having all necessarry parts in it.
And for gods sake at the moment i try Auto dj and he is the one, getting me shiver, or i think in egnlish (I`m from germany)  you will say have Goose Bump

I will say:     Congratulations ,         you did it.

Best regards from Germany
Penynwize
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Ansem on May 31, 2014, 02:10:30 PM
i have searched a lot for a program like this, i really love this program, thanks a lot for allyou works!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: brx on June 12, 2014, 05:47:26 PM
I have tried so many players, but MB is indeed the best!
So many options, great community...
Thank you guys! :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: vividvibe on June 14, 2014, 12:36:45 AM
Okay, I just discovered this wonderfully amazing music manager and what can I say?  I mean come on, this thing is damn near perfect.  I don't have a single complaint about it.  Loving it.

Thanks so much, Steven.  This is a very nice thing you have created and made available to us.
Title: Just what I always wanted
Post by: HiveHive on June 15, 2014, 03:17:52 AM
I'm a new user, just arrived on a journey that began with a good few years of WinAmp followed by a good few more as a happy MediaMonkey gold version user. Those MM features were great, but eventually it seemed that other, newer players were getting simpler and cleaner. So I went looking, and arrived here (via SongBird and Clementine) on a LifeHacker recommendation.

I felt right at home in MB on day one, and the Wiki made it easy to find the couple of extra codecs I wanted to set up. It's great that there's an active community gathered around MB, and great to have found the player I'd always hoped to see some day - easy and intuitive to use, powerful when you need to organise stuff, and yet unobtrusive when it's time to enjoy the music. I can only guess how much work it takes to produce something this good, and to support it so responsively. Big thanks to all who put energy into the forum and the wiki, and very big thanks to Steven.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: coffeecup on June 16, 2014, 11:45:02 AM
I am so glad I found musicbee it is truely a great program,
I have made sense of the madness that is my music collection and for that Steven I thank you.
cc.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: serendip1959 on June 21, 2014, 10:25:43 PM
A great program with many features "in the box" that have to be added to Media Monkey by clunky scripts.  I particularly like the automatic update of playcount from Last.Fm on start up and the Last.FM "loved" tracks handling.

However, lack of support for iPod sync (recent models) means I still have to use Media Monkey for music management, but MusicBee is my player of choice on a second PC.

Update 25/07/2014:

Now using Music Bee to manage and play music on both my PCs - it seems that every day I find a cool feature that others don't have.  Amazingly fast, stable, and the greatest accolade of all - it just lets you get on with the music and that is what it is all about.  Definitely leading the pack.  Have set up a sync to Media Monkey for updating my iPod, but worth the inconvenience to be able to use Music Bee for everything else.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: hughjorgenn on July 06, 2014, 12:31:25 AM
Started with Winamp many, many years ago then on to MediaMonkey Gold a few years ago and everything was fine, but MM became slower and  more bloated every update. Only found out about MusicBee a couple of weeks ago and although there were a few hiccups, I now love it. It is so comprehensive and fast that I could never go back to other music players.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: ankor on July 23, 2014, 05:52:07 PM
signed in just to say THANKS!!!  Brilliant job!

just installed update and want to say...what a great job in streamlining the UI...AWESOME!!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: MJMike on July 27, 2014, 02:22:34 PM
I am using MB for just over 1 year now...and still learning abt. the features every day! :)

It is BY FAR the best music database around! it handles my ....very large collection without any problem!

A big THANKS to Steven, but also to all the hero members that jump in on a question and help you!

Guys!  THANKS!!!!!  ;)

If at all I can be of any help, let me know!

Mike
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: psychoadept on August 04, 2014, 02:21:09 AM
MusicBee to the rescue! (Again)

Long story short, I was unexpectedly called on to DJ at my cousin's wedding reception today.  Thanks to MusicBee enabling my obsessive compulsive organizational tendencies, I was able to throw together an appropriate playlist on the fly.  I got several compliments and was even able to fill the requests that came in.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: sam104 on August 08, 2014, 03:05:12 AM
Wow, Wow, Wow!....its like having the early versions of MusicMatch back! maybe better! (this is an extreme compliment coming from me, a very old school mp3 guy).

simple to use, but also full featured, but without being bogged down with all the self serving features and overhead  of most of the other players.
only thing ive tried since Musicmatch that serves well as a party jukebox and a music collection organizer. and ive tried many....ive found good ones for each, but not both.

with a large collection, it scanned it in no time and set me up and ready to go!
I definitely will be donating...
one question... I see the donation link to help pay server costs, is that the same link to donate for the software?
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: boroda on August 08, 2014, 04:46:40 AM
one question... I see the donation link to help pay server costs, is that the same link to donate for the software?
Yes. its the same
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: FerranP on August 09, 2014, 10:26:38 AM
Well, this is the most customisable and advanced music organizer I've found. It's perfect for me to combine my dj and my personal libraries under the same software.

So thank you Steve!!!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Chaython on August 13, 2014, 09:54:39 AM
To appreciate my favourite Music Player, Music Bee, I've included a small click out at the bottom of my new site, which is a collaboration of the top  Iplus [itune's purchased] communities  live chat boxes
You can check it out at http://itunesbox.tk/ if that's down you may use http://itunescbox.tk/
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: quisquis on August 21, 2014, 08:27:23 AM
I've been using Winamp since about 1998/1999, and I tried every manner of replacement for it so many times, never finding one suitable, or one I could be comfortable with--until MusicBee! I really adore this program.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Bee-liever on August 25, 2014, 11:28:22 PM
Steven,
Just a quick 'Thank You' in acknowledgement of all your time and hard work in getting Version 2.4 out.
Liking this version so much I even kicked the tin in appreciation   :o
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Storris on September 09, 2014, 09:10:39 PM
I only recently decided to rebuild my music library after having the same 9 or 10 albums on my iPod/Android for the last 5 years or so.  My 'archive' was a compressed folder containing a disparate collection of albums, tracks and mixes from various sources which needed some untangling and tagging; there were several albums worth of tracks whose only identifying tag was 'unknown track', 'unknown artist' or 'unknown album'!

After some problems with WMP breaking my desktop's Start button I turned to Google and discovered MusicBrainz Picard, discogs.com and of course MB.  Coupled with Youtube, a weekend saw me well on the way to ID3 Nirvana...

MusicBee is excellent, thank you Steven, devs etc... for your work.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: al on September 12, 2014, 11:10:05 AM
hi people - i'm a COMPLETE newbie on MB so would just like to say hi to everybody! this looks like the most amazing music app - i have to say that i'm quite daunted by a lot of the stuff which i currently don't understand, but all that means is that i have a lot to learn, so i guess you'll be hearing from me often!  :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: vpsaxman on September 15, 2014, 03:02:08 AM
hi people - i'm a COMPLETE newbie on MB so would just like to say hi to everybody! this looks like the most amazing music app - i have to say that i'm quite daunted by a lot of the stuff which i currently don't understand, but all that means is that i have a lot to learn, so i guess you'll be hearing from me often!  :)

It's quite fast to get started. The advanced options are really, really useful if you know how to use them but aren't necessary to enjoy MB. Just explore and take one step at a time and you'll soon be a MB pro!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Paperbackstash on October 19, 2014, 07:53:56 PM
I absolutely love Musicbee - thank you. I used MediaMonkey exclusively for 7 years and didn't think anything would have me give up on it, but through crashes and issues over the past few years I finally tried MusicBee and this is now my favorite player. I love the customization, features, SPEED, and lack of crashes. It's great so far - thank you.  ;D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: vectorvitale on October 25, 2014, 05:11:58 PM
I created this account to say..wow.

What an amazing player, and an amazing program. It's fast. Lightweight. Smart. User friendly.

I have a pretty good collection (120gb, 7000 songs) and musicbee snatched em all up and organized them, AND gave me the option (which i've needed for a while) to edit my tags. Everything, literally everything about this program is amazing. And *FREE*. Truly amazing that a developer can spend countless days making an amazing program and still give it away for free. I use it all the time, the plugins are great. Once i get a couple of bucks together, i'll donate as well. I'd like to thank the developer for everything he has done to shape musicbee to be where it is now, and i hope to see new and amazing features soon!

Thanks!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: rambaldi on November 06, 2014, 06:10:25 AM
Thanks for Music Bee, recently had to do a fresh Windows install and it made it so much easier than I have ever experienced in the past :D My podcast library is just there how I have always liked it :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: poictesme on November 10, 2014, 09:22:56 PM
Just wanna welcome myself back to MusicBee, now
that we (are going to) have UPnP support.
 ;D ;D ;D
Thanks Master Steven!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: usraek on November 10, 2014, 11:14:11 PM
I have only been using MusicBee for less than a week but it has already fundamentally changed the way I organise and sort through my new music. It has also allowed me to quickly catch a lot of tagging errors that weren't so obvious in other players.

I'm entirely amazed with the speed in which I was assisted and how fast your development is.

This is an incredibly powerful tool and I'm kicking myself for staying with iTunes out of habit for so long.

Thanks Steven, you're bloody amazing! I will be contributing to your beer fund very shortly!  ;D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: mbflarkit on November 19, 2014, 07:10:36 AM
I grabbed MusicBee after discovering that my old faithful (Winamp, yup) needed some trickery to support CUE files with single volume FLAC files. I find Winamp's interface to be a bit sleeker and more user-friendly, but MB's wealth of functionality makes up for it's more utilitarian interface.

Thanks for a product which has managed to impress me after just one day!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: elthandiel on December 02, 2014, 05:17:21 PM
I'm very much a newbee (  ;) ) to MusicBee, but after playing around with it for a couple days, I'm left asking myself why I kept putting up with iTunes for so long.

This is a great piece of software and I'm amazed that one person is responsible for creating this, so Steven, thank you very much.

Instead of writing a long winded piece on why I'm finding MusicBee such a relief, I'll just say that it is exactly the piece of software I've been looking for over the past few years.

Thank you very much for dedicating your spare time to this.
When I get paid next, I am making a donation.

Cheers.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: SofaQueen on December 10, 2014, 07:35:12 PM
I can't contribute anything that hasn't been said here already, but I signed up here to do just this (show my appreciation) and dammit I'm gonna!

MusicBee is awesome. I agree whole-heartedly with elthandiel above, I cannot believe how I got so used to iTunes that I never explored any other options until now.

Steven, you are a hero! I'm completely baffled how you can be pulling this off all by yourself. This is one of those things that really restores your faith in humanity.

For now you will have to be content with my undying love, but as soon as I get a job I'll definitely make a donation! You rule!

PS: Lovin' the nacho theme. My screen looks so cheerful!  ;D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Pi_der_Grieche on December 16, 2014, 08:41:31 AM
Thanks for all the fish and Steven Mayall's musicbee.
Excellent work!  8)

Pi
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: dblvnv on December 16, 2014, 10:25:33 PM
I was looking for an alternative to iTunes for use with my iPod Classic. iTunes has become an overweight white elephant. MB appears to be more than I could ever have dreamed of. Thanks. Once I use it a bit more and it continues to amaze me, I'll likely hit the PayPal button. :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: dblvnv on December 18, 2014, 08:55:10 PM
OK ... I still think MB is the best ... although, as I have discovered, it can't or won't sync with my iPod Classic. Even though I set the paths to the "hidden" folders on my iPod, it reads everything including the artwork, but won't sync. Oh well. I guess I'll have to use iTunes to sync it and be happy MB at least reads it when it's connected. Very happy it does that.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: dreamstreetrose on December 27, 2014, 05:51:05 AM
Thank you so much for getting my vast music collection in just the right order. WMP was about to give me an aneurysm! I love the duplicate file feature...LOVE IT!  And I like the sound. I love the lyrics/picture view; just awesome! I wish it wasn't so late and I could experience my new greatest find! I shared it on Facebook.  Thanks again. It is just perfect!  :D :-* ;) ;D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: estate on January 03, 2015, 08:40:54 PM
wonderfull, what a big tophit :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: digital_ac3 on January 08, 2015, 10:53:10 AM
I have been using MusicBee for more than 5 months now and it is the best Music Manager I have ever used. Thank you Steve.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Wet on January 15, 2015, 01:28:39 AM
Appreciation here.

Music Bee has moved LEAPS and BOUNDS past some other, very heavyweight (and expensive) competitors.

Love the plethora of skins and I see you finally got the 'auto shutdown' working properly.
In addition, the ease with which I can 'play library shuffled' puts a huge smile on my face.

Bravo, Music Bee person. Whoever you are.
Thank you so much, I'll keep trying it out but seems like a nice donation is in your future!

(http://i1319.photobucket.com/albums/t676/TXinmyrearview/amusedapplause_zpsuyvgbmq4.gif) (http://s1319.photobucket.com/user/TXinmyrearview/media/amusedapplause_zpsuyvgbmq4.gif.html)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: rotong on January 20, 2015, 07:56:39 PM
What a great program! I'm using MediaMonkey at this moment but now I consider to use MB as my main music manager. MB is very intuitive, user friendly, fast, beautiful layouts and web access (without problems). Congratulations. it's a fine piece of software you've developed. 
 
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Havokdan on January 28, 2015, 12:48:15 AM
http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/windows/MusicBee-Review-471350.shtml
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Dabless on January 28, 2015, 11:58:06 AM
Hi, I am new here, and won't stay for long I only have few questions, but so far this is the best musicplayer I ever tryed ! Thanks steven !
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Super Meat Boy on January 30, 2015, 09:51:55 AM
Are the "best" skins listed somewhere? What are the most downloaded ones?
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Dingusamongus on January 30, 2015, 05:26:07 PM
Jumping on the appreciation wagon here.  I too have been using Media Monkey and was getting frustrated with the speed issues for a multi terabyte sized library.  The support there was luke warm, despite me asking many times for some help.  I find Musicbee is (still) very quick for the massive library I have.  So I use Musicbee exclusively now. Congratulations!

 I'm always hoping there might be a Mac version...but I realize it takes time and money.  I bet many people would want it (including me) and would pay for it.  The DJs, like me, would love to have this on our Macs for sorting, tagging and planning playlists for gigs.

Thanks for this amazing software!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: a2a on January 31, 2015, 11:59:45 AM
Joined the party late - but want to add my contribution in saying "thank you" and what a great bit of expert work this software application is. This program affords so much flexibility and customisation to your collection and I'm thoroughly enjoying using it :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: astropuppy on February 24, 2015, 07:36:50 PM
Replacing JRiver player duties with MusicBee. All I can say is it is very intuitive; an excellent UI. Somebody did their homework.   
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: mxmax on February 26, 2015, 02:51:51 AM
i just registered to say thank you first i really love MusicBee so thank you for creating this Music Player and thank you for saving me away from windows media player and zune music player. currently enjoying MusicBee using DarkCobalt Metro skin :) so thank you  :D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: muzikmark on March 03, 2015, 12:00:45 PM
After years (literally) searching for a music player that does everything I want ................. this is it.
I've had MusicBee for a few years but struggled with my love for iphones and remote apps, among other things.
But I do hate itunes and have always used a third party software to make transfers to and from my device.

Recently I really dissected everything MusicBee can do.
I even had someone give me an Android they no longer wanted just so I could install the MusicBee remote app and use it. I love it!!!!
And since then I have really compared apples to apples on iphone vs Samsung Galaxy S.
Guess what? .................... after 10+ years as an Apple user, I am making the change to Android for MANY reasons!

Thank you MusicBee for setting the bar so high on what a music player should do and look like!
The visual and aesthetic developments are awesome!!!!
What a great community committed to the user interactive love for music!

Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: tumpin on March 07, 2015, 01:59:37 AM
Im a former JRiver user. MusicBee really has moved ahead of JRiver if you ask me. Its cleaner, modern and more intuitive. Device sync works perfectly and is easy to setup (I couldnt get any other software to sync how I want it!) Basically a really good job and incredible that this is made by one guy?  Im surprised its freeware. You should charge for a premium version!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: moggyman on March 11, 2015, 01:01:41 PM
It's a good little program.  Moving from iTunes to this is an education. You can just get your music in and use it from the get-go. It's simplicity hides all the powerful things underneath that it can do if you want to really get stuck in to it.

As an ex-iTunes user I've had lots of questions during my transfer but no matter how dumb a question I ask in the forum, someone is always quick to help and guide me through whatever process needs to happen - just try getting that sort of help out of Apple!!

Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: musicguy on March 11, 2015, 07:20:22 PM
Just wanted to say how great MusicBee is, trying to get a lot more people to use and convert them.

It's amazing, please keep up the good work with all the updates :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: nianox on March 12, 2015, 08:42:34 PM
Just registered to register my appreciation for this wonderful application. It's already leaps and bounds ahead of the competition and the future looks even brighter.

Thank you
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: JohnNBK on March 13, 2015, 03:22:08 AM
MusicBee does look like the dog's danglies.  I've tried them all but this is only package that seems to do it all...
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: iodine on April 05, 2015, 11:53:11 AM
I've been using Musicbee for a while now, and it's honestly the best music player I've ever experienced. It's so wonderfully designed and has any feature I could think of and would ever need,. Stephen's dedication to the project is hugely, hugely appreciated.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Zak on April 10, 2015, 03:57:28 AM
Not a new user by any means, but just wanted to add a recent observation.

I'm using MusicBee to manage a 70,000 track library. At home I have an i7 processor, so performance is never going to be an issue.

I just noticed .NET has recently been updated on my XP work computer so I thought I'd try MusicBee there now too.
This is a pretty old Core2 Duo E7400 with a PassMark score less than 20% of my home PC so I wasn't expecting much.

What a fool I was! MusicBee is just as snappy at work as it is at home. :)

Even resetting the filters to display all tracks at once takes less than one second. I'm very impressed by how responsive it is on such an old PC with such a large library and I doubt Winamp or Windows Media Player or any other program would handle it very well.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: helloindustries on April 15, 2015, 10:45:58 PM
Long time user, first time poster.
Registered just to post here.

Musicbee has saved me from the ocean of 'not quite good enough' music players since WinAmp finally died. Indeed; Musicbee is better than 'amp ever was.

Musicbee is even a major reason i 'can't' consider switching back to Linux. Good as Gmusicbrowser is, it's not quite good enough.

The only issue i've ever really had was when i was new to it about 2 years ago: MB was splitting my genres as i'd used (brackets), but that was fixed by switching [square brackets] - Though changing a LARGE amount of files in MB is a bad idea, but that's what MP3tag is for (love that app)

I now recommend it to everyone. Typically; No one listens. They all use iTunes.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: SurfRat on April 30, 2015, 08:43:29 AM
I was a die hard Winamp fan (I started using it on Windows 98) and was very sad to see its demise.

I spent the best part of 6 months trying everything out there and MusicBee is the best.

Thank you Steven .
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: tsudduth24 on May 02, 2015, 05:17:30 PM
My thanks to Steve as wells as my $$$ to him.

I had been a MediaMonkey user for a very long, long time. Too many quirks and bugs forced me to look around for a new music manager. Within 15 minutes, I had become a bonifide Music Bee lover.


Thanks!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: darkwhite on May 07, 2015, 07:50:38 PM
Hey guys!  :)
After years of use I finally dropped by to thank you guys. It's so good I can't describe, I just keep recommending it to everyone!
I setup laptops and PC's on the usual for friends and family. There are bunch of people out there right now who unsuspectedly think that musicbee is the default music player that comes with the machine!  ;D
keep up the good work!  ;)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Adson on May 21, 2015, 09:33:20 PM
Although I am a MB user for years now, I needed, found and used succesfully the search and replace function for the first time this evening. Everytime I wonder if something I need could be done with MB I am amazed and excited that I find a solution that can be done with some of the MB features. MB is such a great work of software that I want to thank Steven again for giving it to us. There are only two or three other programs that I use so often as MB but none of the other programs (eg Word, FireFox or Thunderbird) ist so much fun as MB.

Thank you Steven and keep on your great work!

A.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Marco Cevoli on May 23, 2015, 07:02:11 PM
Another happy user here!

Actually, I came back to this forum after long time, because I wanted to praise the Auto DJ feature. I don't know if it's me imaging things or the feature doing a great job... fact is that the sequence from my music library is really enjoable... What's the algorhytm used?

Bests

Marco
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: s7jones on May 29, 2015, 02:44:12 AM
Musicbee has features I never knew I needed. It's vastly improved my music listening experience on my computer.

Cheers Steven (and anyone else who's involved of course)!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: bililing on June 02, 2015, 08:33:46 PM
Another who traded Jriver by MusicBee. The sound is unsurpassed. Congratulations to the developers.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: kapsix on June 06, 2015, 11:16:25 AM
Using MusicBee for a couple of years and I really enjoy it.  Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: adn on June 20, 2015, 11:45:11 AM
I just updated to the latest 2.5 version and I want to say that the new "add virtual device" feature is a godsend. I've been trying to do this for a couple months now and to see it work right away now is just so awesome.

I can finally sync my playlists to OneDrive and access my always up to date playlists from my laptop and phone, this is just perfect!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: hiccup on June 20, 2015, 02:44:25 PM
I just updated to the latest 2.5 version and I want to say that the new "add virtual device" feature is a godsend. I've been trying to do this for a couple months now and to see it work right away now is just so awesome.
I can finally sync my playlists to OneDrive and access my always up to date playlists from my laptop and phone, this is just perfect!

The same appreciation from me for this feature addition.
I used to use Visual Subst for this, but the now implemented feature works as a dream!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: ethereal12 on June 30, 2015, 02:12:58 PM
MB is PERFECT.

People using iTunes (if they have Windows) are missing out.

Thank you, Steven. I'll be donating.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: GBO323 on July 04, 2015, 05:34:00 AM
Steven, YOU ARE THE MAN!!!!!

I wish more people knew about MusicBee. I just switched from Mac back to Windows and wanted a Media Player that would do what iTunes would do AND sync to my Android Phone. I'm no light media user and I really dig into tags, playlists, etc and MB really blows away everyone else....and I have tried most of the heavy hitters. Found MB via LifeHacker and am very pleased.

Well Done!

Glenn
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: badchild on July 06, 2015, 04:51:07 PM
I came to MusicBee because after years of using WMP and having all my music in WMA Lossless. Upon updating to windows 7 the media player ran into some very stubborn problems (like a very screwed up crossfading issue). I have not looked back and have been using MB on two computers at home. I love the way the library is presented in artwork view. Theatre mode is wonderful (just need that large album art view), and it just never crashes.

I have Japanese made Onkyo sound cards in my computers and the sound quality is second to nun. 

Thank you so much for this excellent software.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: dgermann on July 23, 2015, 05:41:48 AM
I am not a computer wizard and music bee sure helps a dummee
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: registeringisannoying on July 27, 2015, 04:57:41 AM
I have barely touched my music in almost a year thanks to the bloatware I had been using, which took minutes from clicking play to hearing the song.

After 12 hours importing all my tunes, I haven't had to wait once for anything, which is blowing my mind. It's as simple as a music player should be, with plenty of features to customize.

I love the lyrics tab too. 99% of the songs I've checked so far have them.

Great job and thanks to everyone who works on this software.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: edegagne on July 29, 2015, 02:43:45 PM
I was turned on to MB about 2 years ago and I have not looked back or used iTunes since. The features in MB are very well thought out and I appreciate all it does.

As a musician, it makes my life easier keeping up with set lists, custom fields, etc. As a music listener, it blows away anything out there currently.

The only thing I'd like to see in MB is support to manage current iPhones (5/6).
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Jonas100 on September 29, 2015, 05:57:19 PM
Yes! It's such a great program with so many different features packed into it and can do everything I want it to do and more. Continues to surprise me with have much stuff is in there, whilst managing to be lightweight and looking great. Love it!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: flight16 on October 01, 2015, 04:55:48 AM
I started using Winamp in 1.x and 2.x days, then moved iTunes 12 years ago (before it had smart playlists, before there was a music store).  It was simple in those days and just worked.  During those 12 years it started adding duplicates, losing track of files, and even destroyed all of my album art with the latest Apple Music upgrade.  It became difficult to manage.  I wanted to get back to the days of "songs are just files on disk".  Yet I didn't want to give up the organizational features.  I evaluated Media Monkey, JRiver, Winamp, and a dozen others.  All of them lacked something.

In the end I think I will go with MusicBee because:

MusicBee is the perfect balance between minimal, yet fully-featured, light-weight, yet customizable.  Custom tagging, library and ui customization is fantastic.

MusicBee handles playlists exactly how I wanted: as .m3u files on disk, yet with library integration!

MusicBee's interface starts out simple and uncluttered, yet it offers every feature I could dream of under the hood.

Portable install means I can use a single USB thumb drive or android music player between work and home.  No running servers, no clouds, no syncing (I've tried every combination you could think of).  It just works.  It's all local. 

As a long-time computer user (25 years), I love the old-school simplicity vs. new-school feature balance MusicBee strikes.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: RealPetChicken on October 01, 2015, 05:14:57 PM
I came from MediaMonkey, great program but imo it is nothing compared to MusicBee.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: ashash on October 11, 2015, 04:27:37 PM
it's been some time since i've updated MB. such a good program I've tried every other one I could find.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Blackened on November 06, 2015, 04:39:24 PM
I've been using this since 2011, after my iPod broke down and now I'm using Android phone that compatible with the software and now it's my primary media player to transfer songs into my phone.

By the way, as this software got bigger? 60% of my songs are under the new tag thanks to Musicbee.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: StfN on November 13, 2015, 07:51:09 PM
This is just what I have been looking for for about 2 years. I have been using Winamp ever since the late 90s, and while it still works fine, I have been wanting an alternative that is still being actively developed, that maybe has a few new useful (strong emphasis on useful) features, without missing half of the ones I am used to.
And then today I did a random google search for "windows audio player", and found a list with this on the top, from someone claiming it is their new favorite, replacing Winamp as their top pick. So I figured I'd give it a try, not expecting too much after plenty of disappointments in the last years. And I was just blown away.
So for the last hour or more, I've been just grinning away looking at all the settings and customization options, thinking to myself this has got to be the best piece of software I've discovered in years. I'm in love.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: TaxiRide on December 01, 2015, 08:29:22 PM
What can i say?

The last time i got very exicted this much about some software for music was back in start/mid 00's when i was in my elemenary/highschool.Back then "Musicmatch Jukebox" was, for me,  the extraordinary tool and the best way to play, rip, burn2cd and orginize music (thier Library was always something clearly and awesome).I still have this software installed for nostalgia but as i started to use last.fm i needed something to be connected on that site.Winamp & Foobar did that for me, for some time.My Linux years were full of Clementine and Amarok.But at the end of this 2015 i just somehow ran on MusicBee and without doubt there is nothing similar in awesomness and details...or i didn't find it, yet... :D
I'm student of biology and classification and order was always somehow a part of this natural science...and with MusicBee i found a way to orginise on the most beautfiul way a music from my computer.And that "Bee"...hmm,everything has sense know.I am going to listen "The Beekeeper" album by Tori Amos, right know, just to extend that sense on a whole new level. :D :) ;D

All the best, you got an addicted user here.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Beesmyer on December 17, 2015, 05:49:07 AM
I'm new to MB. Been using media monkey for years. Switching to MB for the more modern, artwork integrated interface. But especially the freedom of tag management MB offers. I'll be making a donation and donating atleast what I'd be spending on media monkey for every release.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: rastanz on December 19, 2015, 06:07:09 AM
"Buzzing" here... get it?... okay then.. any hows, fantastic player, dumped itunes ages ago since it don't support flac ext, but yeah, MusicBee is my main audio player now!!

I tried a couple of recommendations and so called "best of" but none were keepers and frankly made my music collection sound sh*tty, I'm glad I came across this little gem of a player!!!

I love the fact that the player has a natural and pure audio sound with NO added crappy DSP reverbs, echoes and other rubbish that masks your music listening experience, this just pumps out music rawness!!!

Keep up the great work... Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Bookbear on January 07, 2016, 06:14:09 AM
I have just discovered Musicbee since changing to Windows 10 (had always just suffered along with WMP in earlier versions of Windows).  I have to thank Steven for the tremendous job he's done in creating a stable, flexible, feature-rich player and organization tool.  My sincere thanks!

I know this isn't the wish list page, but I do wish there was a way other than PayPal to donate....


Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: barlet on January 09, 2016, 10:22:50 AM
I have been using MusicBee for years now. I have tried every other music organisation software but only MusicBee gives me the features I want and need. I am also testing MusicBee 3 and I hope that it will continue to develop as the previous versions have done. One of the strongest features in MusicBee, up to 2.5, has been the integrated browser which helps me a lot to tag mp3 especially with regards to the year. (using discogs).
Forget all other music software, Musicbee is the best software around and no matter what other software you try, you will find that you will be coming back to Musicbee!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: sttrebo on January 09, 2016, 04:42:59 PM
plain and simple.  been using it for years.  no thoughts what-so-ever of looking elsewhere...
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: a2a on February 15, 2016, 10:46:42 PM
I wanted to post to say that I did not know the "disc burner" capabilities were present within MB. I mean the app is by far the best out there for me and is perfect, however, I've just been trawling the net to find an app to burn an audio disc for a file 120mins long (dj mix set) - and with that I also have an associated '.cue' file. What I wanted to do was find something that would recognise up to near the 80min mark that the audio needs to be split and spread over multiple discs.

I found guides that said use other apps to manually break up the file etc., or, as I just wasted a little time on, use iTunes, create a playlist and then burn. Whilst the disc was burning I had a look within MB to find the disc burner within the tools menu. I took a chance on adding my files and I couldn't believe it did exactly what I was looking for i.e. take my audio file and split it over multiple discs.

I was initially dragging the single mp3 (kind of naively assuming the cue sheet cannot be used), but the app recognises there's a '.cue' file there and takes that; not only just that, it so cleverly calculates the track nearest up to the limit of your cd, cuts off there and moves the subsequent track to the next disc. That to me, is truly sublime and excellent programming. This app just want from awesome to perfect! Sincerely, thank you, Steven!

Edit: although I see, it seems, this can only work IF there is a cue file present? ""tracks must be added to the image before using this function"
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: RTesla on February 20, 2016, 07:15:56 PM
From the early days of me using Winamp and then Musicmatch Jukebox, I simply never found an all encompassing music player. That is until I stumbled upon MusicBee. What a masterpiece this is! The amount of functions and capabilities are astounding!

Many thanks again

Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: steeno on February 23, 2016, 10:15:04 AM
Strange as it may seem, I discovered MusicBee on a french Foobar Forum where old foobar users convinced me to change for MB few months ago.
I was looking for a portable music player with the capability to maintain properly my database, and if possible a skinnable view for my eyes.
Since I change for MB, I never been disapointed. MB is very agile and powerful of MB compared my +150k files.

Furthermore I must congratulate Steven for his patience, his talent.
Some French users told me that the developer was gifted and very open minded about users' suggestions or to find solutions for issues. I confirm that it is true.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: navporky on February 27, 2016, 07:11:43 AM
I don't have anything newer to say than what has been said already. So, no babbling ... Just a big shout "Love MusicBee! Thank You Steven!! "
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: peewee678 on February 28, 2016, 05:19:19 PM
Not sure if you're reading this thread Steven but just in case: thanks for this wonderful piece of software.

I've been using Winamp for almost two decades in combination with MEXP (for the last ten years or so) but a friend of mine advised me to try out MusicBee. Initially I had my doubts.  I also was very attached to a couple of Winamp plugins but the moment I noticed even those can be used in MB I went on trying it.

Amazing! It's exactly what I needed; a worthwile modern (!) successor to Winmap and so much better! It's got (almost ;-) all I want in a player/library and I'm extermely demanding about my music software. Time to make a small donation :-)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: rurutia10 on March 07, 2016, 08:33:02 PM
nvm
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: brx on March 18, 2016, 04:31:08 PM
First of all, I want to thank again for making this piece of software, new version (3.0) is amazing!
Now Playing section is fantastic, big album cover, lyrics, playlist. Lovely.
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2mfixjb&s=9#.VuwgKeZLDjI

Great work!
Thanks! :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: GwynBleidd on March 21, 2016, 07:34:17 PM
I've been using Winamp since 1997 and version 0.92 up to 5.666 and like 2 years ago - when I stumbled upon MusicBee in search for a music player that can work and look the same way but be more modern. MusicBee fulfilled that need and much more, I've never looked back.

I just wanna express that I'm absolutely stunned by getting a reply (with a fix) to a bug report half an hour after I posted it, from a single developer that solely develops and maintains one of the best, if not THE best Windows music player, for free.

I wouldn't believe it if someone told me tbh - <3 Steven.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: BrianMuir on March 30, 2016, 07:32:00 PM
Great program, thanks a lot!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: SurfRat on April 29, 2016, 09:52:37 AM
I am a software developer and this is awesome software. Fantastic job!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Coogan on May 10, 2016, 03:59:53 PM
It's the little things I like.

I just noticed that if I organize the Now Playing list the way I like it, but then I need to alphabetize it for any reason, I am able to revert back
to list as I had had organized it.

Never new that was possible.

Just wanted to say thanks for the little things like this.  Makes my playing/searching music much easier.

Coogan
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: jasongnome on May 12, 2016, 07:49:07 PM
OK, after manually fixing tags on an external disc. I deleted the old files, turned of WMP put the new files back on the main drive, downloaded the new MusicBee and gave it a go.

I'm very impressed, all the albums are correct, and I love the theater mode. Makes WMP look about 20 years old by comparison.

I left in overnight to analyse the volumes (I've got several thousand music files and an old slow laptop that needs replacing), and the auto-levelling works brilliantly.

Very very impressed, most settings are fairly intuitive compared to other payers as well.. Don't know why I took so long to make the switch.

The "inbox" feature is a real deal clincher for someone as anally retentive as me about getting tags etc right.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: electro on May 30, 2016, 07:24:03 PM
Thanks Steven for making the best music player & manager.
Title: Im really Impressed with this version (3.0)
Post by: brightel on June 13, 2016, 12:43:56 PM
This app might be best app ever created for computers,just tweaked the settings and It is totally flawless. Definetly gonna donate prob. this week keep up the great work.
Title: Re: Im really Impressed with this version (3.0)
Post by: Godmcgarvey on June 13, 2016, 06:28:19 PM
Have to 100% agree with that, love the program.

Can be confusing at times with all the various options and a few bugs here and there but the support you get on here is second to none and bugs are fixed quite quickly.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: askaray on June 20, 2016, 10:49:26 AM
I needed a new music library software for my new computer. I used to use MediaMonkey since, besides Winamp, was the only thing that could handle all my music for the longest time. (I enjoyed Songbird when it came out but it was about as fast as a snail, and I just never liked Spotify). I wanted to try something new since MM seemed pretty slow on my (to be fair, old) laptop.
My friend recommended MusicBee to me, so I decided to try it out.
I'm glad I did; there are tons of customization options AND tagging options, which is great for me. The Inbox feature is also amazing since I'm extremely picky about my tags; its now so easy to double check them before releasing my music into my library (or if I need to check on something I just send it to the Inbox for later). What a great idea.

Thanks <3
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: ewink on July 02, 2016, 11:23:03 PM
Throwing out my thanks and appreciation of this program. Tried to keep using Windows Media Player for music, but it was just crashing too often under W10. Found this program mentioned on Life Hacker and have to say it's great!

Almost too great... (looks around for the catch...)

Again, thank you!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: SinusStudios on July 05, 2016, 03:35:07 PM
I am a DJ as a hobby and have been looking for a proper music library management software for quite some time.
Starting out with Winamp i tried MediaMonkey and various others, all missing my requirements for a decent tool with enough tag editing power.
MusicBee is now my choice for over a year and a half and especially since v3 there is close to nothing i am missing,
so thank you very, very much Steven for developing a helpful and reliable tool like this for the public. =)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: MechTa on July 06, 2016, 11:42:13 PM
Yesterday I suffered a corrupted Windows profile due to some registry nonsense. Figured, might as well use this as motivation to finally move my desktop to Linux. Check through my programs to see what I'd lose. Hmm, everything I use has a Linux variant or acceptable replacement... Wait... MusicBee... Guess I better find my Windows iso. (Love this program)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Joey2001 on July 09, 2016, 12:41:58 PM
For nearly the last ten years I use Winamp. It's a great program and I can find any title on my harddisks within a few seconds.
I tag all ca. 200.000 titles for my wishes.
Three weeks ago, someone told about musicbee and I installed it to see, if it's better and I can use it.
And I must say: Wow. A great program with so many setting options; too many for a newbie. :-)
But I hope, I find the right solution for me. Till now my settings are quite good. But they still need some finetuning. ;-)
I will ask for that in another thread.

So: Thanks for that wonderful program. I think, winamp is no longer needed.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: F22.RaptoR on July 10, 2016, 07:13:45 AM
Just got around the version 3 update now, love the customization it has, and still retains all the stuff that makes Music Bee great!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: HaSte on July 21, 2016, 08:36:29 AM
I have no words...

I installed MusicBee yesterday and have been playing with it all night. I am completely in love with it!

This is all I ever wanted my music player to be and more!

Coming from MediaMonkey, the UI and functionality feels very familiar and yet...
I keep stumbling on so many little things that are exactly how I wish they were in MM. i had a huge smile on my face tweaking the layout and discovering how well thought out the program is.

It's intuitive, full of useful functionalities, customization-friendly, fast and gorgeous!

Mad respect for the creator and the community (that windows 10 skin is so clean!)

And Hello to everyone since this is my first post.





Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: /lasse on July 30, 2016, 05:40:24 PM
MusicBee is the best since slice bread.
Longtime ago I decided to have all music on the computer, I tested a few and didn’t like Winamp and Win media player ouch. Then I thought iTunes was best for me. But then I got into Flac.

MusicBee has similar GUI as iTunes with column browser but tons of more features. And handles “all” file formats. Maybe a little longer learning curve to really use all features and get the best organizing.

Here is as I understand it one guy making what is one of the best music library cataloging programs that exist, if not the best.
I’ll guess MS had an entire department to handle it’s cumbersome Media Player, and now their new thing Groove. Just besides the shop I suppose there is plenty of people working on it, and still it’s not even remotely useful for cataloging music files. “Easy to use” but can’t be used for anything.
“We” don’t hope so, but seriously MS should buy this MusicBee fellow out by a couple of billions and make a scaled down easy to use version and an advanced version. Connected to their music shop.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: science01 on August 23, 2016, 12:26:51 AM
I used Windows Media Player for a long time, now looking back I don't know why I liked to self-sacrifice using it. After that I used Winamp and got very relieved about it's light resource usage, but it always was somehow buggy and it wasn't getting updates anymore. After that I decided to try something else and came across MusicBee, it was already being recommended as the best music player around the net and I can say it really is. Love the program, it's lightness, and the layout customization.

A very important thing for me was it's ability to transfer music files through a wifi connection to my device, without crashing (Winamp crashed almost every time) or taking too much time. And the great bee was the only solution I found.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Machinegunkenny on August 24, 2016, 03:35:01 PM
Hello,

I have been looking for a WMP replacement for YEARS! I have tried numerous options and nothing has ever worked well until I found musicbee today!

Was trying to listen to some Kygo today and windows media player was doing it's typical unresponsive BS at boot but this time it would not unfreeze. That was it! I did a google search for an alternative and found this...please keep musicbee alive. I went to my virusvanquisher facebook page and shared your program page and my twitter as well :)

I also downloaded both versions (full and portable) and have added them to my flash drive tool kit that I am hardcore OCD about filling with only the best programs and tools. I am IT for the state and own a computer repair company and will be putting this program on all PCs that I do fresh installs of windows on. I pride myself on how I layer on software on PCs that I fix up for people and am thrilled that I have finally found a program that allows me to remove WMP (that sucks sh!t through a straw) and replace with.

Thanks again!
Best of luck and please keep this up.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Nokiaman on September 08, 2016, 08:47:50 AM
I too have been using WMP12 for years (With WMP+ and Tag Plus) since there was nothing like it. Nothing could replace the god-tier album art view and the way it handled stuff, but since MS has been neglecting it and not fixing some very obvious bugs and adding missing features I was trying to look for an alternative. I tried all music players I could find, but none of them could even come close to functionality I came to expect from WMP.

Then I found this player. I admit I was overwhelmed at first since WMP was mostly "plug-n-play" so to speak. I downloaded the portable version and tinkered with it until I got what I needed which took some time indeed as the default layout seemed too foobar-ish which isn't what I wanted at all. But in the end I managed to tune it to my flow I was used to over the years.

I am glad this player exists and even more that new features still come(oh man module music support is something I wanted for so long since I have some old-ass obscure game music in MOD/XM)
Thank you for making this and maintaining it. It's much appreciated.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: srasmus on September 13, 2016, 07:15:38 PM
Just wanted to say that I think Music Bee is the best music player on earth.

Thumbs up, and thanks for your good software!

/Soren
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Jfair on October 01, 2016, 10:20:55 AM
This program gets better and better with every update! Thank you soooooo much for re-appreciating my libraries.
Title: Thanks
Post by: barlet on October 09, 2016, 09:12:32 AM
Inspite of its short-comings in some versions, it is still the best music programme and organiser around. I have tried almost all of the rest but MB is definitely the best. One just needs time to get used to its various functions and how to adjust them to one's needs. Good work Steven!
Title: Re: Thanks
Post by: barlet on October 10, 2016, 03:55:24 PM
After the release of the MB on 9th October, the portable version is excellent. Good work Steven.  :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Bobcat on October 25, 2016, 10:51:09 PM
New member signing in...

I don't normally bother with this kind of thing (forums etc.), but after downloading and playing with Musicbee Version 3 for a few hours, I am hugely impressed, and in fact, a little bit bowled-over by how good it is.  I was laughing at the screen a few times out of genuine pleasure and amusement once I could see what it could do through the vast amount of options and layouts.

More people should be using it, and I think they will when they find out.  It is that good, I am convinced it will become ubiquitous eventually and everyone will know of it.  
I just noticed it is getting five stars, editors choice, and top of the list at Gizmo's now, so it is well on its way.

I have tried everything else out there. Foobar2000, Jaangle, XMPlay, Media Monkey (probably the closest), but Musicbee is in a different league for more reasons than I have time to list.

AIMP, which I have been using for years, is now consigned to history, and that is not bad, it is just that Musicbee obliterates it in every way.  it is superb, and I only wished I had tried it earlier.

Things I really like: - All the customisation options, the general layout/GUI, the speed even with thousands of tracks indexed, all the different modes of using it, the thought put into how it handles the album art and artist pictures, and the sound quality.

There is nothing I don't like, but like some other users, I would love smooth scrolling and better/easier playlist usage, and I see this is already being worked on, so I am really looking forward to V3.1.  

Anyway, even if further development stopped right this minute, it is still a massively impressive application that I am sure I will use for years to come, if not forever.  

Serious respect to the developer for working on this and making it so good for us all.  He deserves better recognition already.  

A significant donation is on its way from me, not just to thank him for the value Musicbee is to me, but because I also love these kinds of projects and the dedication that the developer puts in to it, and how he interacts with people on here.  I will always support this kind of thing in a big way.  Really well done!  

PS. My wife loves the Musicbee logo/icon, and says she would love a model or soft toy of it.  She is a bit weird like that, but I appreciate why she finds it so cute.  Me, I prefer a good options page myself…  ;D

PS again.  I just noticed the website is also a piece of art - superb.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: НКВД on November 09, 2016, 12:24:43 AM
Terrific application. Far better than anything else around. Congratulations.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Lazarus on November 27, 2016, 02:36:47 PM
Thanks for a fine player. After I got a half decent soundcard, and started playing it through my hi fi instead of cds, to make the most of it, I wanted WASAPI and as good quality as possible; foobar at first seemed to be the hi-fi choice. I liked the configurability, hours jiggling panels round and so on, but then it was too much work to re-configure when it crashed.

 MB just does it all better. :)

 One thing I did like about foobar was that my collection could be shown just like in windows, "folder view",so no tagging etc was needed of compilations or single tracks so they don't show up as separate albums.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: nadash on December 19, 2016, 10:38:45 AM
To understand the problem. Think it through. All preview Yes Exciting tight You guys are really intelligent MusicBee. It was the most brilliant features, podcast and radio, as well as the use and nice to have. 8)  : - *  : '(  : -X
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: RealPetChicken on December 26, 2016, 12:15:23 AM
Once again, the greatest music application ever.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Phaedrus on December 26, 2016, 10:10:17 PM
To paraphrase Steve Ballmer; "I have four words for you; I. Love. This. Program."

Now that I've converted to Music Bee, I realize I only have two regrets;

1. I didn't stick with Music Bee when I tried it several years ago.
2. I paid actual money for a lifetime license for Media Monkey.

I just want y'all to know that the more I use Music Bee, the more I hate Media Monkey.

Seriously, this program \m/ ROCKS \m/
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: jonnyjon on December 31, 2016, 01:03:03 PM
It's unusual to find a piece of software that genuinely puts a smile on your face - Musicbee is one of those rare gems!

Everything about it is just done right. The layout is beautiful, yet uncomplicated and intuitive. If you need sophisticated features they are there to be found under the surface.

Hard to believe it's free as well! But I've donated to the cause because this piece of software needs supporting long term, I can't go back to inferior products now!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Eudyptes on February 06, 2017, 02:22:37 PM
I've been using Musicbee for over the past 4 years or so and I have to say, I haven't come across any other similar software that can do what Musicbee can do.
I've just posted another thread for the first time in the 'bug reports' and feel kind of dick now to 'complain' in my first post, so I feel obligated to actually show my appreciation too.

So, here's to you, Steven. You've made a really fantastic piece of software, and it only gets better by the years. I sincerely hope you have all the opportunities to continue further development.

A thankful Musicbee user 8)



Title: A HUGE thank you Mr. Mayall for your work and accomplishments…
Post by: The Old Gringo on March 07, 2017, 12:03:35 AM
I struggled with Media Monkey for years.  Then about a year ago, MM decided it would begin playing at its own pleasure.  I searched in vain for a solution and around six months ago, in frustration I uninstalled MM.  I tried Windows 10’s; Groove, but was unhappy with its setup.  Admittedly, I did not delve to investigate its potential.  So, for the past six months, I've been living without my daily music fix.

Two days ago, I decided to look for an alternative and discovered MusicBee.  I read several positive reviews and decided to give it a try.  And I'm very happy I did, the download, installation, and initial operation were simplistic and effortless.  In fact, the hardest task I've had regarding MusicBee was registering in the forum to post this thank you.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Konstantinos Paparas for his effort in creating MusicBee Remote.  It works flawlessly as well.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Freddy Barker on March 11, 2017, 03:23:44 PM
A very BIG thank you to:-
Steven, RotemK, blinghound, v4lve, ma_t14, anti, ferongr, boroda74, thegreyspot and others...
...for helping to create such a great Media Player in MusicBee.

I've tried the rest and now I'm sticking with THE BEST !!
So grateful to everyone, including hiccup for the prompt responses to questions and Steven for fixes!

Cheers  :D
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: P20C on May 10, 2017, 06:56:30 PM
Steven,

I would like to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the obviously incredible software you have created in Musicbee.  I have been using various programs on Windows, Linux, and Mac, over the last decade and a half and nothing comes even remotely close to being as well conceived and implemented as Musicbee.  I have been trying for years to get my music collection organized the way it should be (in my opinion anyway) and the countless hours of effort have left me with a mess, and total frustration.  I had given up on ever having my library neat and organized, and had all but given up on my collection; until I discovered Musicbee.

I recently bought a new PC, moving back to Windows after about 15 years with Macs, and was installing software. After reading some stellar reviews for Musicbee I installed and copied my files to an external drive and let Musicbee loose on it.  I was pretty happy with the initial import, but dismayed by how little of the editing I had done in iTunes was actually applied to the files.  No covers on most of my albums, weird or absent numbering, case issues in names etc., many of which I know I fixed in iTunes.

I was thrilled, repeatedly, every time I discovered a new tool or way to attack the problems on the albums and tracks.  I kept thinking: "I wish you could... OH, I CAN!"  Musicbee made the whole process easy, fast, and allowed me to double check in various ways that my updates had been applied properly.

It took a week, but every single album/file in my collection now has cover art, is numbered and named properly, has the release date, and multidisc albums are all nested properly.  This is no less than monumental, a gargantuan task.  This would have taken a lifetime in iTunes.  Thank you for saving me countless hours of frustration.  I'm loving listening to my music again!

I wish I could buy you a beer.  Do you drink Guinness?

Cheers Mate!  Thanks again.



Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: phred on May 10, 2017, 07:40:11 PM
I wish I could buy you a beer.  Do you drink Guinness?
Scroll down to the bottom of this page, or any MB page, and click on the 'Donate with PayPal' button. This will allow you to make a donation to Steven in any amount you choose.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: zwergohreule on May 14, 2017, 10:48:49 PM
Steven, I've been using musicbee for over a month and I'm thrilled. Many Thanks! Musicbee offers so many great functions :-* After completing the tags, I now enjoy my collection. And finally I can send my playlists without effort to usb sticks and my old mp3 player. That's the main reason I was looking for an alternative to itunes. I did not expect the experience of listening to music to change. But this is exactly what happened: 1. I love auto-dj and music explorer. 2. Through artist info I read about the reunion of one of my favorite indie bands (Seems I'm not always up to date.) and yesterday I was at the concert, so Musicbee has caused my husband and me to go out. Today I sent a small donation. Thank you, Fluke, for Kandinsky Dark, my favorite skin.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: alec.tron on June 25, 2017, 01:51:54 AM
i think i will bump this to v3.2 as its summer here...
Thanks a ton for all the work & polish you've put into MusicBee; enjoy the summer!!
c.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: jdcurlin on August 17, 2017, 07:38:35 PM
Thanks bunches for freeing me from iTunes.  Musicbee performs sooooo much better on Win 10 and allows me to create and manage playlists the way I'm used to.  My Samsung Galaxy S8 thanks you and I thank you.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: PhantomGeek on September 18, 2017, 11:12:30 PM
Thank you Steven Mayall. MusicBee is intuitive, powerful and elegant; and it just keeps getting better. Good job.

And on behalf of all the ignorant people who cry bug when a feature doesn't work like they expect, apologies.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: rotong on October 13, 2017, 12:47:43 PM
Thank you for a wonderful and flexible music browser!
Title: Awesome
Post by: mondro on October 29, 2017, 09:29:04 PM
I came here to specifically say thanks to Steven and every one else making plug-ins or skins and everything else. I have been a MusicBee user for a few years now. It is without a doubt the best player out there. And to top it off the forums are fantastic for support here! So again thanks to Steven and everyone else for making my love for music even more enjoyable!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: 2for99 on February 27, 2018, 03:47:16 AM
the last.fm integration is wonderful. the skins are beautiful. the customization is god-tier.

 thank you steven, you've created the smoothest, most user-friendly, lightweight music player we've all been dying for. since popular players like iTunes have endlessly expanded, they're bogged down and have rendered themselves unusable. MusicBee has been the antidote.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Jobaman on March 10, 2018, 11:17:36 AM
Holy f*** I just installed MusicBee and I immediately fell in love with this program! It's so clear, organized and logical! And there are so many functions and features! Why the h*** haven't I found this marvellous program before? 10/10 would recommend.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: trelain on March 28, 2018, 04:30:02 PM
I apologize ahead of time if this is too long, but I'm a newbie to MusicBee and explaining why I like it requires telling how I got here... Like many others, I loved the revolutionary approach to digital music that Apple gave us with the iPod and iPhone, and enjoyed all of Steve Jobs's groundbreaking achievements, he truly blazed the trail to where we are.   And like so many others I felt Apple's arrogance in the Jobs era and downright abandonment in the post-Jobs era where they have stopped caring about people's own music libraries and have become just another cloud music subscription service.   I can't even start to describe how many countless hours iTunes's ignored bugs and ignored feature requests have taken from me in the last several years trying to keep my iTunes music library usable and accessible to my devices.   My first step to liberate myself from Apple's arrogance and incompetence was to switch to a Galaxy S7, which I LOVE compared to iPhone's walled garden.    Which left a conundrum because I still have a couple of iPods and my family is still hypnotized by Apple, so I can't quite yet dump Apple completely.   I tried several other sync applications to get my music, ratings, and smart playlists on my S7 but they all had some deal breaker problem in them.   Until I found MusicBee.    Here are the main reasons this app has saved my music:

1)  I can point it to my iTunes music folders, without dealing with the iTunes library, since MB has its own library.  And when the day comes that I can get rid of iTunes, I can merely switch the music folder location.  

2)  When syncing to devices, you can tell it to retain the original folder structure.. this was a problem with other sync apps
that tried to create an Artist-based folder structure on the device, because I keep multiple Artists in some songs (such as in showtunes) that could have up to a dozen Artists in them separated in the Artist tag as artist1 / artist2 /artist3..etc.    which can result in too-long of a folder name because iTunes (and many other apps) see this as one long Artist and it can't sync to the device because the path is too long.   Thanks to MB's "preserve folders and filenames" option on device sync this problem went away.
  
3)  MB will monitor my iTunes music folder for changes in the files and automatically sync their file tag changes to its own library.  iTunes can't even do this reliably between its own files and library without manual intervention, a problem that has existed literally for YEARS.  

4)  Tag inspector displays not only the user-friendly tag name, but the actual 4-character mp3 frame ID.

5)  Any TXXX-frame can be defined to MB as a Custom tag, and used in auto-playlists (big thumbs up here).

6)  iTunes-like rating support, with option to keep rating only in MB's database.  I don't use POPULARIMETER and instead keep rating in a TXXX-RATING tag, 1-5;  I've found POPULARIMETER to be too weird and inconsistent to depend on across players and apps.

7) The ability to turn just about anything on and off - no arrogance from the developer, it's left to the user how they want their experience to be.  I know making things configurable is not easy, so this is VERY appreciated!  

6) Helpful and polite support on forum.

7) Quick response from Steven (the "guy"!) on bugs and feature requests.

8) Nice (BIG!) artist slideshows that auto-download artwork in the Now Playing window.  

9) Lots of cool skins.  

10)  The app is feature-rich, works great, and is free!  

This is the music-management app I recommend to EVERYONE.   Keep rockin' Steven!!
Title: MusicBee praise
Post by: gmax on May 02, 2018, 04:06:42 AM
Forgive me if I'm duplicating topics. If so point me accordingly & merge.

Moved off iTunes because it just doesn't play nice with Android. Welcome to "Too Big to Fail" mentality! Sigh!

Happy with MusicBee so far. Just getting started. Already like the more granular 'Rating' system (with half stars).

Look forward to improving my usage skills. Kudos!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: EightiesKid on June 02, 2018, 05:51:51 AM
Thank you for this beautiful software!  :-*
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: AlBcom on June 15, 2018, 01:33:44 PM
Love it already....
you can do so much , so easily
Best and most practical player since Music Match Jukebox all those years ago but with all the contempory 'bells & whistles
Thanks guys
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Ontanium on June 18, 2018, 05:25:52 AM
I will definitely support the developers for this application. It's fantastic, simply put. Or it's the best music player application out there, by far.

Cheers,
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: donsvideos on July 22, 2018, 01:31:43 AM
I think that this is a Killer Player. Before this I had used the Windows Media Player and it got bogged down with my collection. This thing just speeds right through it. Great Player. :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Keith B on July 25, 2018, 11:33:45 AM
My sound card is The Powercolor Devil HDX. MusicBee has always provided the most immersive listening of any player I have used in the past 4 years.

Version 3.2 does this better than any previous version with its added support for Enhanced DSD support for ASIO devices that support raw DSD data or DOP (DSD over PCM).

Thanks.  :-*
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Stratocastro on October 14, 2018, 05:07:53 PM
Thank you Steven, RotemK, blinghound, v4lve, ferongr, boroda74 and thegreyspot!

I've used Winamp (early days), Foobar (was in love with it, but simple stuff like Ratings and Auto playlist was never truly supported), bought an iPod Classic and switched to iTunes to be able to use the iPod (spend countless hours Rating and organizing my music), my iPod died, switched to Android smartphone for music, which in turn I switched to MediaMonkey to be able to wireless sync (which never worked reliably, always giving me pain); and funny enough in MediaMonkey's support forum a user mentioned MusicBee, which I never heard before.

And now all is history.
Having spent reasonable hours porting all my music to MusicBee I can say that I haven't found any cons on it!
I'm completely amazed! Will be donating soon for sure!

I could spend a lot talking about what I loved: the simplicity, smoothness in the UI, lot's of concise and clear settings, lyrics, tag management embedded (don't need to use MusicBrainz externally), ReplayGain support, Ratings stored on Tags (finally!), great visual, great skins, AutoPlaylists, ...
I'm trying to find some cons, but I just can't!

Thank you Steven, RotemK, blinghound, v4lve, ferongr, boroda74 and thegreyspot!
I don't know what is your secret! But you managed to deliver a better product than a billion dollar company and other great products (like Foobar).... by far!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Astroyka on November 16, 2018, 10:21:41 AM
With a modest collection of 23K tracks in iTunes (managed by, not bought from), the thought of moving to a new music manager filled me with dread. With complex playlist, categorisations and genres I knew any move would be daunting.

The move to MB was far from painful. It handled the import, did a decent job with my playlists (but not the folder structure, meh) and all my tracks were properly tagged. It loves my Android devices, nicely hands off my MQA tracks to my MQA decoder via WASAPI/ASIO, I couldn't be more happy.

I made a modest donation to Steven and wanted to say thank you to you and your crew. I've been singing the virtues of MB via Twitter in the hopes my music loving friends will move to MB from their various music managers. MB offers everything I needed and much much more!

Well done chaps!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: martux on November 16, 2018, 05:59:01 PM
I suddenly recognized that even 5.1 files are played correctly now. As I didn't change anything, the program must have developed. Thanks!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Axxonn on December 01, 2018, 04:04:11 PM
I've been using Musicbee for a month or two now, and it's an absolute dream. Really seems like it's been made by someone who's used other music players and thought hmm, that would be useful, and added it. Every time I think 'it would be cool if I could do that', after a quick search and some playing around it becomes reality! Incredibly intuitive.

Adding all the random folders I have has become a lot less tedious as it's fun finding out all the info about an artist to put in custom tags now. It's made me relisten to a lot of world music compilations i've got as I've begun adding locations alongside all the usual tags, so I can filter by continent/country/state/town. That might take some dedication, but it brings alive another angle to a musician. Or removing all browsers and columns for a screen solely made of album covers looks quite classy.

Lots to discover, many thanks!!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: JieXian on December 02, 2018, 10:55:46 AM
I've been using MB for several years now, and lately I had to use linux because of work and I suddenly realised again how good MB is!

It's a perfect mix between customisability, beauty, and richness in functionality, in fact I think it tops the ranks in all 3 categories.

Thank you for all your effort!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: LateJunction on December 12, 2018, 04:45:08 PM
I see a lot of 'thank you' threads for Steven and his wonderful player and thought we should have a single official thread for doing so.. So here it is. Thanks Steven!

I'm a new user as well as a very old person. I'm struggling with understanding how to use MB - which is very different to saying I am struggling with using MB. I have to say that I am  impressed with this product - it is so much nicer to use than the obvious alternative which I thought I was forced to use when I was given a discarded iPod Nano. I think I am probably not the right sort of user for this product: I'm just so technically out of date - by at least 30 years I guess -  so it is particularly gratifying to experience the promptnesss and courtesy with which my irritating questions are being answered. As somebody who used to manage an application development group 40 years ago, I am just amazed that MB appears to be delivered by a single individual - that is super human performance, especially bearing in mind it is a library manager as well as a player and format converter. It puts into sharp contrast the efforts to deliver an iTunes alternative under Linux - like Amarok and its forks; like Banshee; like Rythmbox; like many others. MB seems more functional, better integrated, nicer to use than any of these  -even if I would have to use WINE!; fortunately I can afford the security risk of using Windows for the management of my audio assets.

So I owe Mr. Mayall my sincere thanks and respect.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Thalion Korvhas on December 22, 2018, 03:41:12 PM
I tried many of the most recommended audio managers out there, and only one came *mostly* near to this one. I have been using Musicbee for years now. Like all applications that are as flexible as this one, it takes some tinkering & research on the forums to fully appreciate & configure it. Even after using it for years, I do not fully understand several of the flexible features that involve custom rules, etc. Then again, I rarely have time to tinker with anything for hours anymore. I know many people complain about the complexity of Musicbee - but that is also its strength.


Seriously, thank you for this superior application that keeps my audio life organized. Thank you for continuing to improve it.Thank you for also trying to add friendly features without removing the complexity of Musicbee. One major example is the new settings snapshot feature. It is a fantastic addition to this application. Please continue to be encouraged by how rich featured & just overall how good Musicbee has turned out. Thank you.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: jlbaker on January 09, 2019, 03:52:40 PM
Just wanted to add my thanks for this app!  Struggled for a while to find a decent library manager for my largish collection; started with iTunes, then went to MediaMonkey before I found MusicBee.  It rocks!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: railfan-eric28 on February 05, 2019, 06:09:14 AM
I just found a feature that is great.   with itunes the auto playlist sorting isn't' recognized by android players via isyncr.   And sort manually i would have to do it the hard way.    But with Musicbee I can auto sort such as year/album artist/album and then select all the songs in the playlist and right click and to to "list" then "update song order" and walla!!!   The manual sorting is what the auto sorting is.   not sure if the auto sorting on Musicbee is compatible with the android players, as i haven't paid attention. 

I am blown away at all the great features and custom features.    It's like itunes met mediamonkey.   I've been using Musicbee since November and even though there's bugs and problems syncing, there's no other player that is as good as this.   Media Monkey is close but has a more dated GUI.    And then there's the Theatre mode!!!   so awsome!!!   And i can put that on my 2nd screen.   And the lyrics!!!!  I spend days looking for a good software for lyrics besides evil lyrics for use with itunes last year and was disappointed that there's not much out there.    evil lyrics looks ugly .   But MUSICBEE has a built in lyrics feature!!!!!   RIP iTunes i don't miss you a bit.   I've been using iTunes for the last 10 years till I heard about Musicbee in the Poweramp forum.   btw Poweramp is like Musicbee for android and vice versa.   both customizable and great sound.  Would be need to have a Musicbee player comparable to Poweramp.    Besides the MB remote app.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: v-dyk on March 23, 2019, 11:34:49 PM
This player is so awesome that made me register to this forum to say THANK YOU!!, it's an really really awesome music player, have all the features i need just there and is fully customizable, this is far better than itunes and winamp. I am a windows user, a lastfm user and a spotify user, i love to listen to music and colletc it. You have made a person happy, i will share the player with all my friends.


Thank you!!  
https://last.fm/es/user/v-dyk
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: psychoadept on March 30, 2019, 06:59:56 PM
I've been messing with iTunes lately, for reasons. I've been using MusicBee so long that I take for granted simple things like easily rescanning files and refreshing playlists, quickly filtering by any field, sorting by more than one column, etc. Definitely no risk of me going back to iTunes in the long run!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Pingaware on March 31, 2019, 10:22:30 PM
I've been messing with iTunes lately, for reasons. I've been using MusicBee so long that I take for granted simple things like easily rescanning files and refreshing playlists, quickly filtering by any field, sorting by more than one column, etc. Definitely no risk of me going back to iTunes in the long run!

Come on psychoadept, we all know that was never in doubt. You're one of the MB long time diehards, just like Redwing, Beeliever, boroda and some others. We're here for life, bugging Steven to keep improving his already incredible software.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: psychoadept on April 02, 2019, 04:48:24 AM
Come on psychoadept, we all know that was never in doubt. You're one of the MB long time diehards, just like Redwing, Beeliever, boroda and some others. We're here for life, bugging Steven to keep improving his already incredible software.

Sure, but it's good to be reminded what we'd be missing out on!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: navuho on May 08, 2019, 11:09:06 AM
Steven, thank you for this app which is a real jewel. The app is an example of the entire technology industry, how properly the apps should be made. The big ones have a lot to learn from you. Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: helloindustries on June 15, 2019, 06:23:22 PM
I posted my appreciation in 2015, and i'm posting it again. Still using MB, still loving it.
Title: Thanks Steven for an awesome app !!
Post by: Jaime59 on June 26, 2019, 07:23:52 PM
Just need to say thanks for MusicBee! Coming from WinAmp a few months ago and wow it's everything I need and more. My music has never sounded better!

Keep up the great work :)

Jaime
Title: Re: Thanks Steven for an awesome app !!
Post by: leifel on June 27, 2019, 09:05:28 PM
I'll second that! Came from WinAmp to MusicBee a few years ago and I never regretted it. Now looking forward to MusicBee v3.3  :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: avididid on July 01, 2019, 08:49:01 PM
I just downloaded this program yesterday.  I can't believe what a great job the programmer did on this.  I own JRiver MC25 and also
Collectorz Music software, now that I used MusicBee I wish I had never bought those other 2.
I really like the grouping features and being able to add tags is another surprise.  I can use the tags for special awards (Grammys, Etc).

Keep up the great effort! David N.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: RustyEB on August 16, 2019, 12:41:34 AM
WOW!

There are not enough superlatives to describe how good MusicBee is!  It ticks all of the boxes.

I have just migrated from iTunes after using it from the beginning of time (Apple itunes time that is).

MusicBee has all the iTunes features I use for a large owned music library (stars, dynamic playlists etc) and then some! 

Integrating Android syncing is by far the best feature that differentiates this software over and above iTunes.

And I guess a big thank you to apple, for discontinuing iTunes otherwise I wouldn't have gone looking for a replacement and found MusicBee.

Only thing I can think of that is missing, is a DONATE $ button, because I'd happily pay back some value for the value you have given me (value for value model).

Cheers.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: RustyEB on August 16, 2019, 12:48:31 AM
WOW!

...

Only thing I can think of that is missing, is a DONATE $ button, because I'd happily pay back some value for the value you have given me (value for value model).

Cheers.

EDIT:  Just found the donate button.  It needs to be BIGGER :-)  haha
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: HolySmoke on September 05, 2019, 05:09:27 AM
After using MusicBee for many years, I stepped away and started to use various streaming services. Lately I ogt back to wanting to listen to my own stuff. I installed MusicBee again and was very happy with the improvements that have transpired over the last several years since I have been away. Great job MusicBee!

   ~HolySmoke
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Corliss Rain on October 23, 2019, 10:38:01 PM
You know my biggest issue with MusicBee? I read the Forum and find new and interesting tags I want to add to my collection.   :D   Anyone else have a music collection that's a never-ending work in progress?
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: psychoadept on October 23, 2019, 11:57:01 PM
You know my biggest issue with MusicBee? I read the Forum and find new and interesting tags I want to add to my collection.   :D   Anyone else have a music collection that's a never-ending work in progress?

OH YES
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Aguila1952 on November 01, 2019, 05:44:24 AM
This app is simply the BEST!
I have tried several other Music Manager apps and I find complexity (ease-of-use) and reliability to be key issues.  But this one, while so feature heavy, is awesome for configuration flexibility.
Thanks to Steven and his team of contributors for a great job!
Title: Old Time Radio
Post by: PaulK on November 02, 2019, 12:58:41 AM
I use MUSICBEE for my Old Time Radio Collection!

(https://i.imgur.com/jpPEKyI.png)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: PeteJ on November 24, 2019, 08:55:16 PM
I've been using MusicBee since earlier this year. Just discovered the Radio functionality. Absolutely brilliant! Thanks for such GREAT software!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Fleurpink on January 11, 2020, 07:45:28 PM
I've been messing with iTunes lately, for reasons. I've been using MusicBee so long that I take for granted simple things like easily rescanning files and refreshing playlists, quickly filtering by any field, sorting by more than one column, etc. Definitely no risk of me going back to iTunes in the long run!
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It's a perfect mix between customisability, beauty, and richness in functionality, in fact I think it tops the ranks in all 3 categories.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: WesC on February 09, 2020, 04:17:37 AM
I cannot thank you enough for MusicBee.  The various problems I was having with iTunes was reason enough to change, but the ability to customize made me a Beeliever.  Thank you!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Daiman2020 on April 24, 2020, 01:46:04 AM
I won't write much. This is a very amazing app. I can't believe it was done by only Steven. I have checked that many time.

This guy has given us unbelievable music app that does really really much.

We all should support him in all means.

Thanks from my heart Steven. And ill do my best to support your work.

Note: there should be a thread for people who would like to support and do some tasks when needed.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: TiTheFungi on May 05, 2020, 03:58:57 PM
I cannot thank you enough for MusicBee.  The various problems I was having with iTunes was reason enough to change, but the ability to customize made me a Beeliever.  Thank you!

We are both off the iTunes wagon my friend! Happy listening!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: gobfinger on May 14, 2020, 08:56:44 PM
Wow, what can I say?  I've been looking for an alternative to iTunes for quite some time now.  I got really tired of all the weird bugs that I can never seem to fix in iTunes, and I find it way too heavy for its own good.  I don't understand how I had never heard of Musicbee before.  I've only been using Musicbee since yesterday but I am already flabbergasted.  It does everything I need from a music player, and probably more (that I didn't have time to try yet).

It feels so good to find a music player that caters to the needs of people like me, who have a large music library and don't want to migrate to a streaming service.  I guess I'm not alone!

I have yet to test the Android sync but if that works well, I'll be completely over the moon and more than happy to give a generous donation.  How can this software be free?

Long live Musicbee!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: rockybulh on June 12, 2020, 06:06:48 AM
Thanks, Steven and others who helped to develop this software.

I need to give a bit back story about how I reached to Musicbee. I have like 5000+ songs on my PC and using Winamp for a pretty long time. But it was difficult to use windows explorer and play individual songs and send individual songs to mobile devices. I never thought I can organize my collection. Then I searched the best soft for mp3. Thanks to the internet I got MB. Now I can stay on software and browse and play the song I do like along with exploring artists. I loved the way I can tag to organize songs and later on create my playlist. things not over here. Moreover,  I can easily copy playlist songs to a new folder to transfer them to mobile devices. Needless to say, the amount of my song listening on PC has been increased at least 5 times after switching to MB from Winamp.

Well, those I mentioned are basic and I know there are so many other things to explore. :)

Thanks again to the developers and hope many more exciting things on the way...................
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: esot_eric on July 21, 2020, 05:57:31 AM
I'm coming to MusicBee as a JRiver user, and the only disappointment I have is not doing so sooner. I'm floored to find something that's so flexible, functional, and intuitive, for free. It took me maybe only 30 minutes after installing the program to get the interface exactly how I wanted. Considering how bloated, confusing, and expensive JRiver was, I'm honestly embarrassed that this amazing piece of software snuck past me for so long. It's everything I liked about JRiver plus a lot more (which in some cases is actually less where necessary). No more digging around in one of too many preference menus to find the equalizer, and the wave bar scrubber is a game changer with how I listen to and even appreciate music. I used to maintain an album art folder to attach art that wasn't included with some of my downloads, but two clicks and I've instantly got art from multiple image searches to pick between. Unless you've invested however many untold hours getting something like Foobar to look and work exactly how you want and are too scared of having that effort gone to waste, I don't see why anyone who keeps a locally stored music collection wouldn't use this. Brilliant work.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: frankz on July 21, 2020, 06:28:36 AM
I'm coming to MusicBee as a JRiver user, and the only disappointment I have is not doing so sooner. I'm floored to find something that's so flexible, functional, and intuitive, for free. It took me maybe only 30 minutes after installing the program to get the interface exactly how I wanted. Considering how bloated, confusing, and expensive JRiver was, I'm honestly embarrassed that this amazing piece of software snuck past me for so long. It's everything I liked about JRiver plus a lot more (which in some cases is actually less where necessary). No more digging around in one of too many preference menus to find the equalizer, and the wave bar scrubber is a game changer with how I listen to and even appreciate music. I used to maintain an album art folder to attach art that wasn't included with some of my downloads, but two clicks and I've instantly got art from multiple image searches to pick between. Unless you've invested however many untold hours getting something like Foobar to look and work exactly how you want and are too scared of having that effort gone to waste, I don't see why anyone who keeps a locally stored music collection wouldn't use this. Brilliant work.
Nice to have another genuine enthusiast here. Welcome.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: jeestring on September 30, 2020, 12:18:02 AM
youre doing an awesome job my friend! many gracias! where can i donate!?!?
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: jeestring on September 30, 2020, 12:28:37 AM
Ahhhh got it!  ;D There you go my friend so you can buy yourself a meal for your next day of work on that well appreciated thing you do!
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: bobbosax on October 16, 2020, 01:59:22 AM
Outstanding application with impressive capabilities and features.

Well done Steve, your music playing application is top notch, the best available including those you have to pay for.
It does everything I need it to do and more.

Thank you for this great tool.
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: Nuttysman on October 24, 2020, 09:37:19 PM
Outstanding application with impressive capabilities and features.

Well done Steve, your music playing application is top notch, the best available including those you have to pay for.
It does everything I need it to do and more.

Thank you for this great tool.

Couldn't agree more and the new option of being able to center the lyrics is the icing on the cake.  :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: musicocd on November 11, 2020, 02:24:57 AM
Thank you so much for making this program! Been using it for about 2 years now.  :)
Title: Re: Official MB appreciation thread
Post by: musicocd on November 18, 2020, 02:30:43 AM
Now that I've participated a little bit in this forum. A big thank you to this community. You guys are full of helpful information. I'm learning a lot about this app.  8)