Questions about managing, listening to, or creating music.

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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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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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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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What's the simplest way to get .flac music files into iTunes?

I'm looking for a simple way to import .flac files into iTunes, so I can play them on my mac, and when I'm out, my iPhone, and I'm willing to be I'm not the first person to want to do this. What are ...
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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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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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Is there a media/music player program that has a “biased” shuffle?

I know in iTunes and a few other apps you can get playlists for just "highly rated" songs, but that's not quite what I want. I want to hear the lower-rated stuff, too. If I didn't like the song at ...
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Windows 7: Add column to ALL music folders

In Windows 7 Explorer, when I open a folder containing only music, it's smart enough to show me a custom set of columns (Name, #, Title, Contributing Artists, Album) that make sense for a music ...
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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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Using iTunes to access all your music on a NAS but keeping the library.xml local… Is it possible/how? (Mac OSX))

I've pushed across my whole music collection to my Buffalo Linkstation NAS recently. This is the entire iTunes folder including artwork, music, library.xml, the whole kaboodle... (I have iTunes in ...
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How to jump to the current playing song in foobar?

In iTunes there's a small icon in the title frame, by which we can jump to the current playing song in the play list. I'm wondering if there is some similar way to jump to the song currently playing.
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Play music in a Skype call

I'd like to be able to play music in a Skype call so everyone can hear it. Here's everything I tried: Setting the microphone device to Stereo Mix. People can hear music but obviously can't hear me ...
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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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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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Is there a music player that will automatically mute when other audio starts playing?

I find myself listening to music while I use my computer, and constantly pausing and un-pausing the music when I watch a video on youtube, open up a game, or any other task that needs audio. Do any ...
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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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What's a good audio player for musicians?

Can you recommend any free audio players (for windows) which are well suited for musicians? Some of the features I'd like to see in a player are: change the pitch of a song (e.g. transpose songs in ...
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Is there a program that will provide a visualization for any audio output? [closed]

Is there a program that will provide a visualizer for any arbitray audio output? Basically, I want to play Pandora at a party and supply some funky visualizations to go with it. Pandora either uses ...
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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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Can I add Visualization to VLC

Is there a way to add new visualizations to VLC? The six included are OK but something new would be nice.
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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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Is there a folder-only based music player for Linux? [on hold]

I have my music sorted using directories so I don't want a library, tags and what not. What I want: easily (recursively) add directories to playlist from my music root, not from library songs in ...
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iTunes ITL binary file format

Does anyone out there have information about the iTunes ITL file format? I have found a document on CPAN that describes the format as it was 4-5 years ago, however it seems to have changed in ...
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Foobar2000 keeps playing the same set of songs even if the order is random

I use foobar2000 to listen to music but I kept hearing the same set of songs over and over again. My playlist has "Still Alive" and "Pure Pwnage" which it always plays even when there is other music ...
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Linux MPD player alternatives for a network music server / player

I'll keep it short: are there any reasonable alternatives to MPD as a remotely controlled music player? It should be controllable over the network and not require X server to run.
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Streaming personal music collection over the internet

Is there a way I can stream my personal music collection over the internet. I have a always on, always connected PC running Windows 7 which hosts the music collection. On my home network, streaming it ...
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Any program can record your singing or humming, and then create the musical notes of what you sing?

I am looking for a program that can record a melody, that is record the humming of my voice and then convert said melody into the musical note version (akin to the sheets of music a pianoist uses).
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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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Pausing Spotify while YouTube is playing and starting it when YouTube stops

Kind of a random request, but something that would be cool nonetheless; would there be anyway I could make Spotify (and possibly iTunes etc.) pause when I start playing a YouTube video, and then start ...
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How can I stream the same music to multiple computers?

Is there a way to stream the same playlist on multiple computers at the same time? I want to be able to sync what's playing on multiple computers (for parties etc).
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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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Best music playlist generator software [closed]

Does anyone know of a playlist generator that will generate a .m3u file from a folder full of .mp3 files?
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Can you burn a CD using a DVD-R? [closed]

Is it possible to burn a CD using a DVD-R and have it play the music on a CD player? Or, for the obtuse: Is it possible to take a pre-recorded CD in Audio CD format and copy the content to a DVD-R ...
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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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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 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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What music was used in the Windows XP installation wizard?

I've just created a Windows XP VM so that I can test in IE6. (One day I'll look back and laugh.) There was a music track! It was quite soothing and had just started breaking into some vocals when I ...
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Is there a better mplayer command line interface, or another good CLI music player?

I generally prefer to do things on the command line when I can. Mplayer is a great tool for playing all sorts of media, but the command line interface sucks. Some things I'd like to see in a CLI media ...
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Music Note Player

I've started to self-learn music. Is there any software which plays the notes, where I can enter the notes for a composition and it'll play the notes. What is the best one out there?
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How can I force Xbox Music to find music in all subfolders of my Music library?

My music library is organized (roughly) like this: Music mp3 (original) Artist/Album/Song mp3 (from Tom) Artist/Album/Song mp3 (from Dick) Artist/Album/Song ...
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GarageBand Alternative for Windows?

Note: This question is similar to 92383, but a) it doesn't have to be free and b) the accepted answer doesn't compare. I got a USB-Midi Keyboard and I'm looking for a Software Sequencer. Nothing ...
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Why does VLC Player play a .ape file all as one song?

I am using VLC Player to play a 350MB .ape file with 12 songs in it. Is VLC a proper program to play it? Because it keeps on playing it only as one continuous song instead of 12 separate songs. Any ...
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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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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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Resetting The Windows 8 Music App Database

The Windows 8 Music App (XboX Music is not available in my country, and this is the alternative) downloads album art by default. I didn't want the app to show vulgar pictures, so I have disabled the ...
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How do I control iTunes from my Dell keyboard's media keys?

My Dell keyboard has media keys for play, pause, stop, mute etc. They work in iTunes, but only if iTunes has window focus. How do I make them work regardless of the window currently in focus?
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Please help me be an iPod admin at home

I have four kids and they are getting older and two of them now have an iPod. My wife and I also have iPods. To complicate things we have multiple PCs around the home, the topology is something like: ...
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Is there a single catch-all-features tracked music format?

I have an archive of old(ish) tracked music in various formats - .mod, .s3m, .it and Commodore 64 .sid files. Is there a single, well-supported, tracked music format with a super-set of the features ...
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How can I make an actual compact cassette “tape” mix-tape from iTunes?

I want to make an actual compact cassette mix-tape as a gift for someone. I use iTunes to manage all of my music. So a few questions: If I gather a bunch of songs on a playlist for sides A/B of ...