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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…
PS again. I just noticed the website is also a piece of art - superb.