Along with Mail, another one of those integrated Mac apps we love to hate is iTunes. Just as the true meaning of Christmas has been replaced by blatant commercialism, the true meaning of iTunes is obscured by the world’s largest media mall.
iTunes started life as a music player, tunes organizer, a place to collect, to Rip. Mix. Burn. on your Mac. Today, iTunes is like a digital Mall, a mashup of Tower Records, Walmart, and Amazon with one-click purchase options for anything your eyeballs want to see or ears want to hear.
It’s time for iTunes users to get back to Luckenbach, Texas, the home of SongKong (tip: not really the home of much of anything, including SongKong), to a time in the space time continuum where songs, tags, playlists, and artwork ruled the day. There’s no better way for Mac, Windows PC, or even the 12 remaining wise men of the tribe of Linux-land to organize and clean up a digital music collection without all the tedious, well, you know– work.
Let me be clear about SongKong right up front.
If you’re not serious about your iTunes music collection, if you don’t bemoan Apple’s decision to morph iTunes into a mega-mall, if you don’t want your tunes to be a pristine representation of a beautiful mind, don’t bother with SongKong.
On the other hand, SongKong is the cat’s meow to put some life back into your iTunes music collection with automatic song matching– the kind that identifies the real song, fixes misspellings, adds missing album art, and makes you feel better about having a digital life (in the off chance that you have no real life).
Duplicate songs are tracked down, cornered, and dispensed with faster than a new sitcom on NBC. Album artwork is tracked down, cornered, and grabbed– especially the 1,000×1,000 pixel kind (automatically resized as needed). SongKong keeps itself synchronized with iTunes so you won’t lose favor with the Apple Police during the holidays. It’s flexible enough to let you know songs however you want, and lets you create a Watch Folder which fixes new tunes automatically.
SongKong is like the King Kong of iTunes add-ons, but a kinder gentler Kong, whereas iTunes is the oversized creature from a lost island wreaking havoc upon an unsuspecting metropolis from heights of power and size. Even better, SongKong can be downloaded and tried out for free.