Want to fill in some gaps in your MP3 collection? Or get it better organized so you can see what you have?
Here are two free programs for filling out and bringing some order to your digital-music library.
Perhaps more so than vinyl or cassettes, our digital music collections have become deeply embedded in our daily lives. We download tunes to our PCs from vast music catalogs, create synchronized music libraries on our phones, tablets, and dedicated media players, and take our music everywhere. The typical digital-music library can easily grow to thousands of songs.
But quantity does not equal quality. Our music libraries might be huge, but they undoubtedly lack songs we want and contain songs we don’t. And if we don’t keep on top of tagging and organizing our libraries, we can effectively lose music we already own.
Two free apps can help with the sometimes daunting task of managing our digital music. The new MP3jam lets you download free and (arguably) legal .mp3s pulled from two popular online sites — YouTube and VK. The popular MP3tag helps you edit all the information attached to your .mp3 and .wma files, easing the task of identifying a song or album later on.
Find and download your favorite music
As anyone with an Internet connection knows, YouTube contains a huge repository of videos. But if you think about it, the streaming service also holds a vast catalog of music — all the tunes added to videos, turned into videos, or recorded at live performances. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a good chance it’s posted on YouTube. (Whether it’s available for permanent download is another question. More on that below.)
MP3jam (site) is neither the first nor the only service that turns streaming YouTube soundtracks into .mp3 files. The website YouTube-mp3.org does it, with remarkable ease. But MP3jam does provide an easy and organized way to download multiple songs and albums.