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Enhancing Windows 7 Music Experience

I use an older media server to deliver the nearly 60 GBs of music files ripped from my CD collection.  When I upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7, I found that Windows Media Player would no longer add the server to the music library.  Even though I can access the drive and reach the individual files, they won’t retrieve through the player.

This has led to a recurring search for a media player that will run on Windows without being clunky and that will index this older server.  Apple iTunes would seem an obvious choice but, in addition to it being a terribly bloated and slow product, it wouldn’t index the music either.  Songbird looked positive but it is flaky and somehow just hangs for awhile for no apparent reason.

I finally located Media Monkey, which bears a marked resemblance to media players like Banshee and Rhythmbox under Ubuntu.  It is nice and light on Windows 7 and picks up all of my music.  So far, so good.


David Whelan

I improve information access and lead information teams. My books on finding information and managing it and practicing law using cloud computing reflect my interest in information management, technology, law practice, and legal research. I've been a library director in Canada and the US, as well as directing the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center. I speak and write frequently on information, technology, law library, and law practice issues.