What are the best resources for managing your music?

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    #1Google Play Music

    Google Play Music
    Google Play Music is a music and podcast streaming service that allows users to find, listen, store, and share music on the web. A paid subscription lets users access millions of songs and download music on their device for offline listening. 
    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Free trial available

    Alan Carlson
    Written on March 28, 2017
    "I have way too much music and no way to manage it. So, I started looking for resources for managing my music. I gave "Google Play Music" a shot and I was very disappointed. It didn't have as many sorting features as I'd like making it very hard to find the music I want when I want. I recommend looking elsewhere for something to manage music."
  2. 17

    #2iTunes

    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

    Michelle Morris
    Written on June 20, 2017
    "I have 1000s of songs in one playlist on my phone. I wanted to be able to sort my songs into different playlists and organize the music better by artist or genre. I downloaded iTunes and it has been a lifesaver in this area. It has sophisticated playlist management and lets me sort and filter my songs. Now they are highly organized!"
  3. 14

    #3MediaMonkey

    MediaMonkey

    MediaMonkey is a music player that can sync your audio files to your device. It's a good choice if you got a large and rich music library. It has free and gold versions.

    Software

    Windows, Android

    Free

    Shirley Torres
    Written on February 8, 2017
    "This made it so much easier to get all of my music on my new iPhone. I had music scattered all over my different devices and this manages all of them."
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    #4Clementine

    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

    Andrew Young
    Written on May 10, 2017
    "Clementine makes managing small or large music libraries a snap. I really like how easy it is to use, with a simple interface that can be customized to my liking. It can display all the information of my music, along with extras like album covers."
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    #5MusicBee

    MusicBee

    MusicBee is considered one of the best music player/manager for Windows. This software lets users manage, find, and play music files stored on their computer.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Lawrence Austin
    Written on January 19, 2017
    "I still had a major collection of MP3s even after I switched to Spotify and had trouble managing all the music until I found MusicBee. It works with windows and not only does it help manage your collection, it is also a player app. It is one best I have ever used and I highly recommend that you try it out if you;re facing a similar problem."
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    #6JRiver Media Center

    JRiver Media Center

    JRiver Media Center allows you to manage all the music, videos and movies you are interested in. You just have to download it and start running it. It will scan your hard disk for media files, but it also gives you the option of importing them. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $49.98- Free trial available

    Arthur Montgomery
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "JRiver is PC-only at present and is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Home Server. I enabled the 30 day free trial and now know that the $50 license agreement covers all computers that are yours but only one at a time. If you have more than one person in the house with access then you need to pay an additional $50 to run two computers. Installing the JRiver software was easy and trouble-free. There is a lot to learn about JRiver so I recommend the trial to see if it is right for you."
  4. 10

    #7doubleTwist 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

    Harold Thompson
    Written on May 28, 2017
    "I was tired of fooling with so many different apps to listen to and handle my music and podcasts. I wanted a one stop solution to manage all of my listening content. This is where the doubleTwist Music & Podcast Player with Sync app came in handy. It seamlessly allows me to manage all of my listening needs in one place instead of having to switch between countless apps. "
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    #8CopyTrans Manager

    CopyTrans Manager

    CopyTrans Manager allows you to easily and, with a drag and drop interface, transfer music and videos from you PC into to your iPhone, iPod or iPad. It is an easy alternative to itunes for PC. It allows you to use CopyTrans Manager on multiple PCs and add playlists, podcasts, music into your iphone without Itunes sync.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Anna Collins
    Written on March 31, 2017
    "I can't tell you how many times I have been frustrated trying to get music from my pc to my iphone. It's like....am I the only person in the world who uses a pc and an iphone. Plus, I find itunes so hard to use. This allows me to freely copy not only my music but my photos as well, which makes life so much easier!"
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    #9Dropbox

    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

    Frances Grant
    Written on June 11, 2017
    "Dropbox is a pretty cool site, especially since a lot of similar sites have recently gone under. I like it for managing my music because it saves online, so I don't have to worry about my hard drive going out and losing my entire library or anything like that, which has been an issue for me in the past."
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    #10Google 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

    Jennifer Evans
    Written on February 27, 2017
    "I suppose that Google Drive could be used for music, but it seems silly when there are plenty of other ways you can store. What ever happened to iTunes? Is that still around ?"
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    #11Microsoft OneDrive

    Microsoft OneDrive
    Microsoft OneDrive is a file hosting service where you easily store, share and backup your files such as documents, photos, and other files from anywhere, on any device or computer. 
    Software

    Web, Android, iOS, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Lawrence Young
    Written on February 19, 2017
    "I wanted a way to store my music in one place. However I also wanted to have it stored on a cloud that I could listen to from my laptop, tablet, and smartphone. Microsoft OneDrive granted me enough space to store my music files, and I can access it when I am on the go."
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    #12Download Mp3 Music

    Download Mp3 Music
    This app is a simple and fast mp3 music downloader, powered by Outly Limited and Jamendo. The application allows to stream and download any song for none commercial usage only. 
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Paul Riley
    Written on April 19, 2017
    "This was great for finding some of the independent music that I'm really into! And downloading the music was a breeze, now my new problem is that I have to buy a memory card to store it all! LOL"
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    #13AIMP

    AIMP
    AIMP is an audio player only, created by Russian main programmer Artem Izmaylov and a staff of collaborators from Russia. It's freeware and it's available for Windows XP SP3 and newer. There is also a build for Android 4.x and newer.
    Software

    Windows, Android

    Free

    Billy Phillips
    Written on January 11, 2017
    "AIMP is an audio player similar to the likes of Real Player or iTunes. It comes with plugins and custom functionality to tune it specifically to your needs. Best of all it's free! The only downside is that it's only available for Android and Windows devices."
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    #14Audirvana Plus

    Audirvana Plus
    Audirvana Plus is the audiophile software which brings your Mac to the ultimate level in sound quality, making it your best transport.
    Software

    Mac

    $74- Varies by plan. Free trial available.

    Ayaan Kapur
    Written on May 21, 2017
    "I gave Audirvana Plus a try to manage the huge collection of music files that I have on my Mac. To be honest, the software does not provide anything other than what iTunes already provides. Not really worth the download in my opinion since iTunes is already available on my Mac and the interfaces are similar. "
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    #15Resonic

    Resonic
    Resonic is an ultra-fast audio player and sample browser, built around a big waveform view. It is extremely handy for wading through large numbers of music and sound files and is unmatched in browsing large sample or music collections fast. Every important part of Resonic is optimized for performance and usability.
    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    David Carter
    Written on March 23, 2017
    "Resonic isn't my favorite choice for managing music. The big waveform view is cool, but I don't think it's attractive enough to pull me away from Spotify or Itunes as a user. The other problem is that if you're actually a music producer, you're going to be doing all of your file management in your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). Nearly every producer has one of those already, rendering this a bit useless for them."
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    #16Elmedia Player

    Elmedia Player
    Elmedia Player is a free media player that supports a wide range of common and not so common audio & video formats, including FLV, SWF, WMV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MP3, DAT, FLAC, M4V, MPG, MKV and more. 
    Software

    Mac

    $9.99

    Philip Wells
    Written on January 17, 2018
    "I have tons of music I have been collecting for almost 20 years. I have so many different file types it is crazy. I got an app called Elmedia Player. Elmedia Player plays in every format I have thrown at it. I like the options it has. I was able to finally organize my vast collection finally. I really like it."
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    #17Helium FM

    Helium FM

    Helium FM is a music organizing application created by Imploded Software. It is for cataloging, tagging, and streaming music files. It has a free version and an upgraded premium version, and it works across different platforms.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Windows

    Free- $39

    Dragon Queen
    Written on November 21, 2018
    "Hyper customizable with lots of features"

Summary

Best What are the best resources for managing your music
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Google Play MusicApps 19 Free
2iTunesWebsites 17 Free
3MediaMonkeySoftware 14 Free
4ClementineSoftware 13 Free
5MusicBeeSoftware 12 Free
6JRiver Media CenterSoftware 11 Paid
7doubleTwist Music PlayerApps 10 Free
8CopyTrans ManagerSoftware 9 Free
9DropboxApps 8 Free
10Google DriveApps 5 Free
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