I think it’s fair to say you can tell a lot about someone by the music they listen to, and the device they use to listen to it with. Being a big Mac fan, I quite like iTunes – now don’t get me wrong. It’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s not too bad.. However – one area I think iTunes is really bad in, is the sorting and maintaining of large imported libraries.
My library has been under development for countless years now, and contains all sorts of rubbish. I have tried many a time to get it all tip top but have never really found a method that I am happy with. Until now…. Today I stumbled across a duplicate track in an albums folder, and to my horror I decided to use the built in duplicates view. Only to be greeted with over 600 duplicate tracks! So I figured it was about time I did something about it…
A quick search on the internet uncovered many tools claiming to be the best at cleaning up music libraries. Including one I have reviewed before (TuneUp). However, this time I was drawn in by the features of a new app TidySongs.
TidySongs is built on Adobe Air technology, so is available for either Windows or Mac OS X. It has a simple and easy to use interface with the ability to: organise songs, add missing album art, fix misspellings, remote duplicates, rename genres and more!
One feature I like a lot is the automatic fix feature, which is fully automated (as you would expect) but gives you a countdown timer on each track before it makes the changes. Thus meaning you can keep an eye on it and ensure it doesn’t make completely wrong changes. It also has a confidence rating against each change it plans to make making it even easier to spot ones which you think it should leave alone.
Although the app is still at the beginning of my massive iTunes library I am already a big fan and impressed with it’s work. Granted, the application is not free, but the free apps just seem to make things worse!
You can download a trial version of TidySongs here which has some limitations, some features don’t work at all and some features are limited to 100 tracks.