Questions about managing, listening to, or creating music.

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Transferring Music from iPod to iTunes?

Is there a way for me to transfer music from my iPod to my iTunes? Say, if I accidentally deleted some music on my computer but I have the files on my iPod?
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3answers
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Music player for linux

I need to choose a music player to use under linux after having fallen out with Banshee*. What would you recommend based on these requirements: Ability to import/export ratings Automatically picks ...
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4answers
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Automatically sort music files into folders by album/artist names

I have a large collection of music files (let's say MP3), with metadata (ID3 tags), but all are located in the same folder. I wish to automatically organize all of them according to this metadata.
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From a quality perspective, what is better: turning volume up in the software, in the OS, or on the speakers?

If music isn't loud enough, how do I get the best quality (even if the difference is in fact so small it's negligible)? By making the music louder in my music player, game or other sound-producing ...
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What's the easiest way to update album art?

I don't have the album art for most of my music, and I don't have time to go find and download images for all of my album. Any suggestions?
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How can I normalize the sound levels in several different audio/MP3 files?

I have a given set of MP3 audio files of varying audio levels. I would like to know how I can automatically normalize all of these files, so the volume is amplified/raised on the quieter files, and ...
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Are there any good wma to mp3 converters? [closed]

I'm looking for a batch converter to take wma's in a directory and convert them to mp3. Is there anything out there that will do this? This will be for windows.
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6answers
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Streaming music throughout the house on a budget?

I was wondering whether anyone knew of a way to stream music throughout a house on a budget? I want to avoid spending any money on this (eg. I don't want to buy a d-link style device). It would be ...
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4answers
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Is there an equalizer for windows that works regardles of audio/video player

I'm tired of having to tweak the audio on every media application I have installed. Is there an app that will sit between any media application and my sound-card so that I can set audio levels and ...
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1answer
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Many computers, 1 set of headphones. What are the options?

Like many other super users I have many computers both at home and in the office. They are connected together with a KVM. What options exist to combine the audio from many systems so I only need a ...
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What application do you use to play and manage music on your computer? [closed]

What software do you use to play and manage music on your computer? Include a link if you can, so others may discover great software! Please, one application per answer. That will allow the votes to ...
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3answers
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Music library deduplicator

My music library is a mess - I've got tons of duplicates through an unfortunate accident. I'm looking for a good deduplicator. Partial to free, but willing to pay some cash. Only real reqs Runs ...
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4answers
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Music tagging software more consistent than Tag&Rename?

A few years ago I spent an insane amount of time using the excellent Tag&Rename program. However, I find that for random, inexplicable reasons, some music tools simply disregard my tags, drop or ...
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1answer
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How to listen to music while my speaker plays something else [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Enable multiple audio outputs on Windows 7 I want to listen to music via my headphones while the speakers play something else. I've searched the Internet but couldn't ...
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1answer
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Set track number from file name in MP3 music management software

I have .mp3 files, whose names and titles are their track numbers. For example: "Track01.mp3" (the internal title property reads "Track01") How do I let my MP3 management software know that it's ...
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iTunes playback skipping on some songs

A client of mine has called me with a bizarre problem. The PC he runs his music from (~200GB of it) uses iTunes and it has started skipping (or stuttering) at the start of some songs when the ...
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1answer
632 views

Will a sound card help the quality of audio recordings?

Some people also seem to use external devices too for podcasting and the like. What are they for? Just some kind of equalizer?
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1answer
478 views

Auto Music Tagging Software

Is there any software out there that will completely and automatically clean and organize a music library? I have tried MediaMonkey, Songbird, Foobar, iTunes, TuneUp and various other programs I have ...
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2answers
673 views

uploading music automatically with Google Music on a Linux server

So I've seen questions like this one looking for help uploading music with Google Music on Linux, but none really seem to confront the notion of solely using the command line. I've downloaded the ...
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16answers
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How to keep iTunes libraries in sync?

I have a couple of PCs and a Mac that I have my music libraries on them. Occasionally, I add files, edit artworks and ID3 tags on one of them. I want to keep them synchronized on all of my computer. ...
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Any beat detection software for Linux?

Amarok 2 can search through music collection using ID3v2 tag's 'bpm' field. That would be very nice to retag the entire music collection so I can find the 'mood' of the track I like. However I've not ...
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Can I import sheet music to play on a PC?

My daughter is learning to play recorder and cello. She gets sheet music home to practice. Is there any way that I can scan the sheet music onto my PC, and play it on the PC? It would be useful to ...
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4answers
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Software to learn playing music?

I'm not looking for a tutorial or something - I'm looking for some software that takes you through playing or producing actual music, in a step by step concept. Something like Keyboard Music that ...
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2answers
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Run a script when connected to wireless

I'm after a way of running a script (on Windows) when a network connection is established. Background: I'm looking at the potential of having a low powered computer that sits in the boot of my car ...
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3answers
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Distributed Audio CD ripping and encoding farm [closed]

I'm seeking recommendations for ripping audio CDs and encoding them to ogg vorbis (preferred) or mp3 format. Although most of my new music acquisitions are already in digital format, I've got a ...
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Foobar2000 on linux

Does anyone successfully run Foobar2000 on linux ( under Wine ) ? Are there any alternatives with a similar philosophy, and maybe even with the ability to use the Foobar2000 plugins ?
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Music player on Linux without playlists, just a directory navigation and file playing

I am searching for a mp3 player for Linux that resembles 1by1 on features: light, free, with no playlists, just selection of files to play using a directory navigator. Any suggestion?
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What is the current state of development for the FLAC codec? [closed]

I have a pretty large collection of FLAC files created from my CD collection. I love the FLAC format and the sound quality that you can get from it. Lately, however, I've been trying to write a few ...
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1answer
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Stop music playback when I lock the screen

Is it possible to run xmms2 stop when I lock the screen with Ctrl+Alt+L?
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Is it possible to check an MP3 for data corruption?

I was listening to some older mp3s today and I released that some of my songs have pops and cracks in them. I assume this means that the file has some bad blocks. Is there software/script/etc that I ...
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4answers
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How can I configure Windows Media Player to manage my music library?

I'm currently using Windows Media Player 12 on Windows 7 Ultimate. I was using iTunes, but since I got my Android phone, I got rid of my iPod and uninstalled iTunes. I'm trying to do things like keep ...
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4answers
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Windows: good, simple music streaming?

I've been using iTunes to stream music over the LAN, and quite frankly the quality is terrible. On the other hand, its ease of use - having a simple client on either end, and it just 'working' with ...
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5answers
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Why does some of the songs in my iTunes library stop prematurely and go to the next song?

For the couple of weeks a whole bunch of the songs from my iTunes library stop early and skip to the next song (just as if it was at the end of the song). Although the point where it skips varies for ...
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4answers
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Is there software to automatically change song speed without transposing it

Goal: automatically adjusting speed (bpm) of a given set of MP3 files in order to have a collection of music optimized to be heard when I am running. (I realized that I prefer to run with about 168 ...
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2answers
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How to prevent iTunes from launching on media key press

Recently, I made the switch to Songbird, and it's all gone well except for one thing: global music hotkeys. I installed an addon (Apple Keyboard Media Key Support) that enabled me to use the iTunes ...
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3answers
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I need a program that can auto-tag my MP3s and sort them into folders

I'm looking for a program that can go through the 5GB of MP3s in my Unsorted folder, automatically fill in ID3 tags and album art, rename the files and sort them into new folders like so: ...
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2answers
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Universal shortcuts for music players

Does anyone know if I could create universal short-cuts to perform certain actions? I used to have a keyboard with keys for play, pause, skip... that worked in any music player, but my new keyboard ...
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2answers
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Adding more than one folder at once to the Music Library in Windows Media Player

I was adding folders to Windows Media Player Music Library (via Manage Music Library) and since I have too many music folders, I wondered if there is a way to add them all at once to the Library. It ...
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1answer
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How to make Winamp sound like studio quality? [closed]

When I listen to an HD song in Youtube using Firefox it sounds like studio quality. But when I play a high quality FLAC version of the same song on Winamp it sounds not as good as Youtube. So I am not ...
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Lean Winamp-y player for OSX

One of my big gripes about iTunes is that it is slow and eats memory. I really like the old Winamp model of lean, mean, speed machine. Is there such a program for Macs? (I only want an mp3 player ...
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1answer
894 views

How do I copy all the songs off my iPod (nano 4g) to my computer for free

Okay, here's my issue. My old computer recently died, and I want to copy all my music from my iPod to my computer. I've done this before using ephPod, however it didn't seem to work this time. Does ...
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1answer
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m4a file with Quicktime: Error - 2041: an invalid sample description was found in the movie

I have a number of m4a files that don't play properly. I previously thought that it was a problem with Media Monkey, but I managed to get Media Monkey to play some m4a files and the files I know don't ...
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2answers
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What should I use to organize my music (iTunes, Windows Media Player…)?

I have a PC with Windows Vista, and an iPod. I've been using iTunes, but it has several things I don't like. Should I use iTunes, Windows Media Player or something else to organize my music?