What are the best media managers?

asked by Shirin Za
293 contributors
19 solutions
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    #1File Manager

    File Manager
    File Manager helps you handle your files whether they are stored in your device's memory, SD card, local area network, and cloud storage account. It allows you to copy, move, rename, delete or share files to and from any of your storages. 
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Olivia Lynch
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I'm a journalist and often have to file stories while on the road. My company's publishing platform can be iffy when out of the office, so I always send stories as attachments to my editor just in case. But sometimes I don't pay attention to where I saved a file. File Manager comes in handy when I have those brain farts. "
  2. 27

    #2Home Library

    Home Library

    Home Library easily maintains your personal collection of books, CDs and DVDs. Use the built-in iSight camera on your Mac to scan barcodes and add items quickly. You can also use this app to keep track of the books you lent.

    Software

    Mac, iOS

    $5

    Dylan Wells
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "Home Library for the Mac is the absolute best media managers out there. I can use my camera to scan the barcodes to instantly add items to my list. Now I can keep track of what books, CDs and movies I have without having to type them out manually."
  3. 26

    #3Google Drive

    Google Drive

    Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service created by Google. It allows you to have all your files within reach from any smartphone, tablet, computer, and other devices.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Chrome

    Free

    Joe Perry
    Written on October 7, 2017
    "I have used so many different cloud storage services trying to find the best way to store and transfer my photos but I have finally settled on Google Drive. Just the simplicity of the interface has saved hours from my life over the last couple of months. I recommend this to all my friends looking for cloud storage. "
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    #4Libib

    Libib

    Manage your private library of books, movies, music, and videogames with the Libib app or its online software through an easy scan. Each user can search and create multiple libraries.


    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Brandon Black
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "Nice new company to consider when looking to store your media online. This company does not only limit itself to one type of media, but several!"
  2. 21

    #5Google Photos

    Google Photos

    Google Photos is an application that lets users save, classify, edit, and sync all of their photos and videos using Google Drive and the rest of Google's services. Users can access their smartphone's contents on their PC and vice-versa. 

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Xiang Qiao
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I love Google Photos to manage my photos and with an Android phone the auto sync feature is awesome. The problem with calling this a media manager is that it is just for photos and personal videos so I would not call it a media manager as I feel that entails music and movies. "
  3. 20

    #6Dropbox

    Dropbox

    Dropbox is a cloud-based file hosting service for personal or business use, available on computers and mobile devices. Easily store all your data in a safe and secure location that sync across all your devices or can be shared with friends or co-workers for collaborative work.

    Apps

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Daniel Mills
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "This site is great and is so useful whether you are in business or just want to share some files are photos with friends and family. It is very easy to use, I have shared files with family and friends both here in the US and in Europe and they with me, one of the big things that makes it so great is you can send very large files that would be utterly impossible with email. And it's free!"
  4. 18

    #7Far Manager

    Far Manager
    Far Manager is an orthodox file manager for Microsoft Windows and a clone of Norton Commander. A large number of different types of tasks can be performed using this tool and it is intended to be as simple and intuitive as possible.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Austin Lucas
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "FAR Manager allows me to organize files by renaming them, moving them between directories, and opening them in different windows. I can also delete files, create new files, or edit certain files by clicking on them. For me it was learn as you go as the only FAQ's I saw were written in a foreign language."
  5. 17

    #8Clementine

    Clementine
    Clementine is a modern music player and library organiser. Clementine is a port of Amarok 1.4, with some features rewritten to take advantage of Qt4.
    Software

    Windows, Android, Mac

    Free

    Carlos Padilla
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "I have lots of media and I always am looking for ways to manage it more efficiently. I recently tried Clementine. It is different than the other ones I use for windows. I like the layout. It is easy to get used to. It seems to load my media quickly. I think it is a pretty good player and will keep using it for the foreseeable future. "
  6. 17

    #9doubleTwist Music Player

    doubleTwist Music Player

    doubleTwist is a music player and podcast manager with sync functionality. Thanks to its easy interface, you don't need to jump between different apps to play your music, manage podcasts or sync iTunes playlists. You will have all of it in the same place.

    Apps

    Android, Windows

    Free

    Arthur Vasquez
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "While this app is a great idea the actual execution fails miserably. It is very glitchy and hardly ever worked correctly for. Constant sync problems with iTunes making it useless to me."
  7. 14

    #10Servant Salamander

    Servant Salamander

    Servant Salamander or Altap Salamander is a small and fast two-pane file manager with open plugin architecture. The ability to view content of files (text, html, over 40 picture formats, mp3), support for archives (zip, rar, arj, cab, tar/gzip, etc.

    Software

    Windows

    $33.77- Free Trial available

    William Day
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "Servant Salamander is my go-to for my media. It's a small application make it fast and easy to use and supports a lot of file option make it great for whatever you need."
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    #11Double Commander

    Double Commander

    Double Commander is an open source multi-platform two-panel orthodox file manager that is inspired by the Microsoft Windows-only Total Commander and contains several functions across several operating platforms offering a handy Unicode support function.

    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    Mark Evans
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "This is a great program to handle large collections. Especially if you have multiple different operating systems. If you need to access your collection from multiple platforms, this is the the program to handle it all. "
  9. 11

    #12Phototheca

    Phototheca
    A photo management program that allows you to view, search, structure and organize your digital photos. You can group photos in albums, events, live albums and smart albums rather than just simple folders. It offers you a plethora of editing tools to touch-up images, edit metadata, search photos, find duplicates and do much more.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Mildred Burns
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I love this software, its a straightforward, user-friendly method for organizing and quick editing photos. The help file is readable which is a rarity and the software organization is a real timesaver because its an easy organizer and cross referencer. The interface is clean and well organized. I highly recommend it. "
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    #13TagSpaces

    TagSpaces

    TagSpaces is an Offline file manager for your local files, with support for file tagging and editing. This tool is great for organizing tag and browse your files, photos, and documents on many platforms.

    Software

    Web, Android

    Free

    Jessica Kim
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "TagSpaces has been a tremendous help to me in organizing and storing the papers and photos that are important in my life. Not only is TagSpaces easy to use but their help in organizing and storing my information has been invaluable. You know, it's so hard to find the time to organize and these people do it so well. I really am glad that I found them."
  11. 9

    #14Directory Opus

    Directory Opus

    Directory Opus goes beyond the simple file manager metaphor, and offers you a complete replacement for Windows Explorer and many other utility programs for handling FTP, ZIP, viewing files and images, running slideshows and more.

    It provides you with all this within a user-friendly and fully-configurable environment within which you can access and manage your important data with a minimum of effort.

    Software

    Windows

    Free- $49AUD

    Reyansh Chattopadhyay
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "If the goal of media managers is to simplify your life, Directory Opus has this down pat. No longer will you have to have multiple windows open at the same time. Directory Opus makes it so you don't have to have 57 windows open to look at 53 pictures from 14 different engagements."
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    #15XYplorer

    XYplorer

    XYPlorer is a fast, powerful and easy to use hybrid file manager for Windows which replaces Windows Explorer with several enhanced functions and interface improvements.

    Software

    Windows

    Free- $39.95+

    Philip Ryan
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "XYplorer came out a number of years ago. It is flexible with well-thought features, with little configuration (start in [Main Menu] Window > the several 'Show...' entries and Tools > Configuration > Other > Features and select what you need or need not) you can bring it under control. You can use a single pane and a basic set of 7 hotkeys . It has a Lifetime license. However modern solutions include Media Monkey, MusicBee, Clementine and others "
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    #16foobar2000

    foobar2000

    foobar2000 is a freeware audio player that supports MP3, MP4, AAC, AC, and more. It has a friendly user interface layout, and it also supports full ripping CDs.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows

    Free

    Megan Keller
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "One of the best media managers I've used is foobar2000. This is a freeware auditor player which supports all types of media files, such as MP3, MP4, AAC, etc. the user interface is super easy to use and very visually appealing. I love this one, and will continue to use it. "
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    #17iTunes

    iTunes

    iTunes by Apple Inc. is a media player and a library, as well as an internet radio broadcaster, file manager, and a store where users can browse and buy different types of apps and entertainment products like movies and songs.

    Websites

    Free

    Walter Hart
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I currently use iTunes and it meets most of my needs, but I was wondering if there is anything better out there. This solution leads me to believe many people would rate iTunes as the best, but I would have liked a list comparing features of several media managers side by side."
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    #18Adobe Photoshop Elements

    Adobe Photoshop Elements

    Adobe Photoshop Elements is a photo editing software which can automatically organize your photos and make them look stunning with its intelligent photo editing options. It now also has enhanced guided edits. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $99.99

    Thomas Schmidt
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "This could fit my search, but it is very specialized and may not be exactly what I am looking for. This search is a bit broad, so other results might fit better."
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    #19Root Explorer

    Root Explorer
    *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Root Explorer App is an ultimate file manager especially for the rooted Android users. This app Rworks perfectly and smoothly even on low-end devices with several tabs open. Root Explorer will also allow you to browse your SD Cards files from your device storage & external storage.

    Apps

    Rachel Carr
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "This app is perfect solutiom for root users and especially for those who may have used es and was hooked on that app until it went belly up! This solution in my opinion compares to no other and you even get a 24 hour refund policy should you decide you don't like the app. I think users will benefit from this and appreciate what the app can do."

Summary

Best What are the best media managers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1File ManagerApps 30 Free
2Home LibrarySoftware 27 Paid
3Google DriveApps 26 Free
4LibibApps 23 Free
5Google PhotosApps 21 Free
6DropboxApps 20 Free
7Far ManagerSoftware 18 Free
8ClementineSoftware 17 Free
9doubleTwist Music PlayerApps 17 Free
10Servant SalamanderSoftware 14 Paid
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