With so many experts and enthusiasts on this forum with experience and strong views, I hesitate to ask this question in case it provokes arguments… but here goes anyway!
What is the best, simplest, most user-friendly free software app for organising and cataloguing music mp3s on a computer?
Of course the stock response is “it all depends what you want to do”. Well, I want a programme which can
search for and organise my mp3 music collection by the usual categories (artist/title/album/track etc);
find and add database info (CDDB or similar);
find and add album-cover pictures;
enable the checking, correcting and editing of ID3 tags;
and (possibly) have the capability to ‘normalise’ mp3 levels before burning, to avoid clipping and similar problems.
But I don’t need
screens with dancing lights or other disco visual effects;
option screens full of unfamiliar technical jargon and acronyms and a multitude of boxes which require me to choose all the settings before the programme will function;
buggy programmes which crash my computer;
programmes which require the installation of other supporting apps in order to operate;
ripping or burning ability (I rip using CDex, and burn with Roxio/Nero/Sonic);
trial programmes which will only work for a limited time.
I have started looking, and so far I have found…
Mediamonkey - seems to do it all, but offers much more than I think I need, and the interface is too busy and complicated;
Teen Spirit - compact, and simpler. How reliable is it?
Organiser MP3 - looks the best option of those I’ve seen;
MP3 Collector - from collectorz.com - was recommended, but it’s not free, only a 15-day trial
Winamp - well-known and loved, but does very much more than just organise, and after using Windows Media Player for so long, I just can’t get used to Winamp.
Any other suggestions or recommendations (or votes for/against any of these)?