MusicBee: A Swiss Army Knife Media Manager For Your Music Collections

Are you crazy about songs and music? Do you want a powerful application to manage songs and music collections stored in your computer? Meet Musicbee – a brilliant application for managing music stored in your computer and playing songs from various radio and podcasting stations.

MusicBee is a Windows only media organizer that allows you to keep your music collection in place. It comes with plenty of useful features and its iTunes-like interface makes its easy to use.

After the installation, Musicbee will prompt you to import tracks from Windows Media Library or iTunes. You can also manually add all the folders that contain your audio or MP3 files.

scan songs and audio in computer with musicbee

Now that you have added all your folders in Musicbee, you can browse and navigate around just as you do in Windows explorer. MusicBee has an impressive explorer pane from where you can browse to a desired folder containing your albums and audio clips.

explore-music and audio in musicbee

Find Music From the Web with MusicBee

You can search for available tracks and audio songs on FluxBlog, Streogum and SoundBites right inside Musicbee. Just click the Web panel in the explorer pane and double click any website. The music or radio blog will load right inside Musicbee and you can search for any available audio track. When any website loads in Musicbee, the application automatically searches for embedded audio and mp3 files. MusicBee goes further and creates auto playlists whenever you visit any music website or blog.

Download audio songs from websites

You can select any file for playback and can even download the song in your computer. This solves the problem of using dedicated download managers for bulk downloading mp3 files. The utility also supports managing podcast subscriptions and listening to favorite radio channels (e.g

Create Playlists and Watched Folders and Tag Songs

You can create watched folders in MusicBee so that when you add new songs and media, these folders are automatically scanned and the newer files are added in the MusicBee explorer window. Playlists help you create groups and sets of songs that you listen often. Custom playlists can be created and each song can be tagged which makes organizing a large number of songs an easy job. The playlists can be found under “playlists” located in the explorer window .

A large number of tags are already made available in MusicBee and you can create custom tags on your own. The tags can be extracted by looking at the metadata of the album, lyrics or artist. Other features include looking up missing album arts and lyrics of a song or album.

Advanced Features of MusicBee

If you are a music jerk and need something special, MusicBee has all the rich inventory. You can bulk edit songs, search and replace duplicate audio files and automatically scan songs without any tags. It also allows CD ripping and thus you can rip an entire CD into a single album file with an inbuilt cuesheet.

Convert files in portable audio formats

The impressive thing about MusicBee is that you can import and synchronise music from portable devices such as usb drives, iPods, iPod Touch and iPhone devices. Tracks with abnormally high volume can be normalized to even out volume levels. Need to convert songs from one format to another? MusicBee has an answer for that as it can convert files without losing metadata and your assigned tags.

MusicBee is also a fully fledged browser. Just paste any web address in the address bar and you can browse the internet and read or surf through websites, create bookmarks etc.

What do you think about MusicBee? Do let us know through a comment.

Soumen Halder

Soumen is the founder/author for Ampercent, a tech blog that writes on computer tricks, free online tools & software guides.


  1. I’ve been using Music Bee about a month now. Great app. I don’t care about lyrics or album covers or info on the band. I want quality sound. Music Bee has it. I’ve tried a bunch of juke boxes, media players & managers. None of them have the sound quality of Music Bee. My only complaint is that it takes a bit of time to pull up. Small price to pay for the sound quality it has.

  2. @Butch: I agree that MusicBee has good sound. But so does everything else. In this day in age, decoders used by nearly all players are equal, so unless you’re talking about DSP’s or graphic equalizer adjustments that other players don’t have, MusicBee does NOT have improved sound quality. Your perception here is simply placebo effect.

    If you’d like to blind-test this, get a friend to play tracks in multiple diff jukeboxes installed on your computer (make sure they all handle volume at the same level) and see if you can tell a difference with sufficient frequency to say you are sure they’re different.
    There are more formalized ways of testing this (e.g., capturing the digital audio data as it is fed to the soundcard, and then using the resulting wav files to compare using an ABX-test program).

  3. Tim,
    “so unless you’re talking about DSP’s or graphic equalizer adjustments that other players don’t have, MusicBee does NOT have improved sound quality. Your perception here is simply placebo effect.”

    Wow. Didn’t know you could hear what I heard! Of course I used the equalizer. I also set up my sound card equalizer & used DSP.

    I don’t need a blind test. I know what I hear. I really don’t need someone telling me what I like. If you don’t like it, don’t use it. For now, I’m still allowed to have an opinion of my own.Thanks for all your help. I just don’t need it.


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