SongGenie 1.1 review

If you’ve got lots of music files with incomplete or missing artist, album, or song tags, and you want to spare yourself the time of figuring out what those tags should be, SongGenie can help tidy up your music library.

The program analyzes all your tracks using “acoustic fingerprints” to compare them with information in the online MusicIP database, which contains some 8 million tracks (and apparently works with MusicBrainz.org), to find missing tags or discrepancies

To use SongGenie, first you load your music library into the program. You can choose, in the program’s preferences, if you have specific paths where you store music; otherwise, the program will look in your Music folder inside your home directory.

This process can take a while if you have a lot of music: About twenty songs load per second at first, but this slows down as more tracks get loaded. If you have a large library, I recommend setting it to load when you aren’t planning to check your tracks (see below) - in my testing, it took several hours to load my 38,000-track library on a quad-core Mac Pro. After the initial loading, subsequent launches of SongGenie are much faster.

(Because SongGenie works directly with your music files - track information is stored in each file’s ID3 tags - it doesn’t matter which version of iTunes you have installed. In fact, it doesn’t even require that you use iTunes at all.)

To check tracks, you select one or more and then choose Analysis: Identify Song (or press Command-return). SongGenie checks the selected tracks with MusicIP and compares what it finds with the tags on the files on your hard drive. If the results differ, blue “result arrows” display next to the song, artist, and/or album name.

Click on an arrow to apply that tag to your version of the track; click on the Apply button to apply all tags; or click on Ignore to ignore the potential changes. When SongGenie finds a track that may appear on several albums (for example, the original album, a best-of compilation, and a soundtrack), the program displays a number in the Album arrow; clicking on this number pops up a menu of possible albums for you to choose from.

Sometimes you’ll find that suggested changes are as minimal as differences in capitalization or abbreviations, but even these changes can be useful: If you tag your files using Gracenote, the online database that iTunes uses to grab track info when you rip a CD, SongGenie can help you standardize or improve those tags.

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