MusicBee – A Powerful Music Manager & Player

Now a days a good Music Manager application is a must-have for computers. There are a lot of applications out there that offer many features. Today I stumbled upon this nifty little application called MusicBee It’s an all in one Music Manager and Player. MusicBee offers a lot of features – I used to use SongBird before,  but now MusicBee has replaced it.


MusicBee is rich with lot of features like the ability to import the library from iTunes and Windows Media Player. The interface is pretty simple. On the left side, you have a panel with Library, Playlist and Internet services as well.

One of the coolest feature is the Auto DJ or Party Mode which makes MusicBee a Music Jukebox. You can enable it from Menu > Control > Turn on Auto-DJ. MusicBee can search missing Album art and missing Album information from the Internet.


In the Now Playing windows you have the list of songs, and in the lower tab it displays the Album information, and also Search for Lyrics. It can also find the artist from Last.FM, find photos, find the artist information Wikipedia and find the YouTube videos, within the player itself, which is an awesome feature.


MusicBee has some cool skins and plugin as well. There are a few skins built into the player itself. You can find them under the Menu > View > Skins. The only thing that bothered me is the player has to restart every time we choose a new skin.

For more plugins you can visit here. MusicBee also has an Android application i.e. A Remote Control. But configuring it a bit complicated, as far as I could see. But I hope that in the later versions, they make the process of configuration much easier.


MusicBee can scrobble from Last.FM and support a couple of DSP Managers as well. It also supports theater mode. You also have basic functions like 10 band equalizer, shuffle mode and so on. You can also import Winamp DPS plugin, directly into MusicBee player as well.

In short, compared to a lot of music players, MusicBee is rich with features which we rarely find in free music players. It’s a must try for music lovers and you can download it from here.

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Shyam aka “Captain Jack” is a Microsoft MVP alumnus and a Windows Enthusiast with an interest in Advanced Windows troubleshooting. Suggestions made and opinions expressed by him here are his personal one's and not of his current employers. He blogs at
  • Ken Nebula

    As usual good find Capt. ZZ

  • Gregg L. DesElms

    I agree that “Music Bee” is a good freeware music manager. Some think it’s the best.

    Another that people talk about a lot is “MediaMonkey.” That one is probably the most-often recommended… though is not, by any means the best.

    Another is “Helium,” which is pretty standard in its features… but which does have a nice .MP3 repair feature.

    Then there’s “Songbird,” of course.

    Other well-known names include FooBar2000, WinAmp, Clementine, Jaangle, Media Jukebox, aTunes, Winyl… and more. Some of those, though, are more players which, oh-by-the-way, just happen to have a little file management capability in them.

    Doubletwist is interesting… though some complain about its intrusiveness.

    Don’t forget Real Audio’s “Rhapsody” and Apple’s “iTunes”.

    “Google Play Music” has gotten particularly interesting of late because it allows a whopping 20,000 music files — no matter how much disk space on Google’s servers they take-up — to be stored for free, any or all of which may be downloaded either individually or as a group; or may be streamed to virtually any device. 20,000 songs is, depending on the bit density, from… oh… maybe 300MB to three-quarters of a gigabyte of disc scpace. So that’s REALLY impressive! Of course, the pure music management capabilities of the Google Play Music interface… well… nothing quite like a desktop app. But it’s nevertheless very cool. What Google Play Music needs is a Windows desktop app, just the same as there’s an Android app…


    …and Google now finally makes one that doesn’t suck…


    …which is probably the most trouble-free one.

    There’s a thing by Radbox called “Beets” about which I’m a little dubious… but it’s probably at least worth checking-out.

    Maniac Tools makes a thing called “Media Catalog Studio Lite” that’s worth at least looking at.

    Look for a thing called “Data Crow” and at least read about it.

    Finally, look for a tool called “The Godfather.” Weird name, I know. And it has been around a while… and kinda’ looks it (though how it looks can be hugely controlled). In any case, it’s surprisingly feature-rich… worth checking out.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  • Shyam Sasindran

    Thanks Ken!

  • Cmars

    Thanks for the review, what skin is this?

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