When you’ve got a ton of music in your iTunes Library, things can get messy. Duplicates crop up, there are tracks without the right metadata, and then of course, there are albums with no album art and a lot of missing information for the artist, genre, year, album etc.
A lot of people leave it at that because fixing this (with a large music library) is going to be a herculean task. Lack of proper software to deal with this problem is one of the reasons. iTunes, for all its smartness, doesn’t come packed with all the intelligence to fix these things. It would be too big a thing to do for iTunes.
We were recently taking a look at possible solutions to fix the problem of duplicate music tracks in the iTunes library. That’s when we came up on TuneUp Media, a pricey software that works like an iTunes add-on which will totally clean-up your iTunes library. We test-drove TuneUp Media and having tried it, I can say that it’s the software you’ve been looking for if you’re serious about cleaning up your media collection.
First things first: TuneUp is a software that’s for everyone looking to clean up their iTunes library but given the cost and the power, I think (and strongly feel) that TuneUp is a must-have for people serious about keeping their music collection in top shape. The average Joe with a small collection might give it a miss and not bat an eyelid.
There’s a lot of things TuneUp does. In our usage, we were specifically looking to do these:
- Fix duplicates
- Fix metadata for all the music in our library
- Clean-up missing files
We got these as bonuses:
- Getting the correct album art for every single track in the library
- Finding (to our surprise) the ability to save a process so it can be carried out later
- Tuniverse: Oh this is a whole universe that’ll take another review! Basically, find more music based on what your listening preferences are (TuneUp figures that out) and also, find nearby concerts and tickets to the same.
Installing TuneUp is easy and it integrates with iTunes pretty fast. When you open TuneUp, iTunes is fired up automatically. You can drag-drop the tracks into TuneUp (the max is 1000 tracks at a time but 500 is the recommended count). Once you’ve drag-dropped the tracks, you can use TuneUp’s various functions like Clean, DeDupe, Cover Art etc.
To use TuneUp’s Cover Art or Tuniverse features, you need a stable internet connection. TuneUp fixes metadata by actually listening to the music track (in tech parlance, reading the acoustic fingerprint) and cross-referencing it with a huge central database.
DeDupe and Clean work fine and you can take it forward step by step. Cleaned out something by mistake? No worries: there’s an Undo feature too.
TuneUp Media is available for Mac (OS X 10.6 and greater) and Windows (XP and greater, 8 not yet supported).
There’s a demo version and the full-license comes at $49.95. Yes, it’s a tad pricey but if you take into account the features it provides (especially in comparison to other similar software), I think it’s worth the money. Like I said, if you are bothered by all the empty cover art showing up and all the clutter in your iTunes library, this is a must-try software.
TuneUp also has a mobile version to find data about the song you are listening to on your iPhone.