View Full Version : music managers/ players

2007-06-06, 08:10 PM
hey guys,

i've been lookin at a few music managers for my insanely large collection, and the two i find to be decent are as follows - i just want to get a little input first if possible. they both support flac,ape,wav, etc.

1. helium - http://www.helium-music-manager.com/

2. orangecd - http://www.firetongue.com/

no i'm not promoting these! - just for you all to compare

i don't like the foobar cause it is a pain in the ass to set the way i want - ya gotta be a computer guru for that program. it toook me 4 hours to get it half way decent and i still need to work on it.i figure time is money so i don't want to spend hours configuring a program when i can buy one for $50.00 or so.

i am looking for input before i fork out the 40 dollars for ea one of these.
it seems the orange is more for bootlegs, and the other is for a little bit of everything. so far it's a tossup, i downloaded 10 today and the others suck!

any help from the people out there would be greatly appreciated.

thanks, Evan

2007-06-06, 08:30 PM
check if they support FLAC, SHN and APE

Helium looks better simply because they've got an excellent support forum for it. (also noticed that it supports FLAC, not certain about SHN/APE et al).

I don't have any idea what sets these apart from other progs with library functions such as WinAmp or even Windows Media Player. It looks like something my Mum would buy simply because she's not "in the loop". Like those gazillion cd ripping programs with no error correction or reason to exist for $40 each.

foobar is cutting edge because its made by audio enthusiasts, might be worth looking into more.

2007-06-06, 08:42 PM
if you know of a program that supports SHN let me know. i won't have to convert to listen. thanks

2007-06-06, 08:58 PM
foobar2000 (getting hard to find the SHN plugin these days, tho... let me know if you want to downgrade to 0.8.3 special installer which comes with it and I'll post a link).


2007-06-06, 09:06 PM
thanks alot Five am checking out thred on other tab right now.

p.s. the only reason i like the orange cd is it allows you to input venues dates of concerts - labels - etc.
kinda like foobar with more cataloging info.
ok very good - thanks again :D

2007-06-14, 12:48 PM
I went with winamp, with shn plugin, and got the orangecd to view library and track all bootlegs the way I want to. Who I lend to and such.
Am adding screen shots of my orangecd set up so you can see exactly what it looks like.These are not the way they come, I set colors to look this way.

anyway - wanted to show it - not trying to push product - works for me

BTW - I don't know where the F i've been - winamp is golden. :thumbsup