MediaMonkey is a digital media and media library application developed by Ventis Media Inc., for organizing and playing audio on Microsoft Windows operating systems. Using plug-ins, it can be extended to handle video and other media formats as well.
MediaMonkey is available in a free version as well as a paid version ("Gold" license). In addition, skins, extension scripts, and plug-ins are supported. Version 2 of the program uses the Microsoft Access format for its library, while SQLite is used for newer versions.
Music can be ripped from Audio CDs and encoded into most supported formats as well. Music can be burned to CD/DVD format in compressed or CD audio format, optionally normalizing the volume level of the songs in the process.
Supported music formats include MP3, WMA, OGG, AAC/M4A, MPC, APE, FLAC, VQF, WAV, and audio CDs. Many more are also available via plug-ins.
Mediamonkey also allows automated conversion from all supported formats to MP3, OGG/Vorbis, WMA and WAV with total control over quality and volume settings. If you plan on converting more than 5 files to mp3 you will be required to register for MediaMonkey gold, or replace the included MP3 encoder library with a free one, such as LAME.
You are able to quickly search your media library using tag and database information. Library information can be conglomerated with the statistics feature allowing users to see how they listen to music and use the software.
MediaMonkey features a multi-format tag editor that can save to a variety of tag formats including ID3v1 and ID3v2.4, Vorbis comment, WMA, APEv2, and RIFF tags. It can also read some obscure tag formats, such as the .WAV file tags written by Musicmatch Jukebox. When this is coupled with the format conversion feature it allows users to convert their libraries away from proprietary formats which may no longer be supported.
MediaMonkey also handles automatic and "intelligent" tagging of songs based on file names and playlist information (by scanning the songs or using the auto-tagger) and can gather information from online sources such as Amazon and FreeDB.
Music files on the hard drive can be automatically organized in any way the user wishes using an auto-organize function that renames and relocates media files based on tag and library information.
Support for portable audio devices allows one-button synchronization and auto-synchronization, to synchronize tracks and playlists with a broad range of portable devices. Synchronization includes on-the-fly music format conversion (when necessary) and includes:
- Apple iPod Standard, Mini, Photo, Shuffle, Nano, Classic, iTouch, iPhone, iPad
- iriver iFP-8xx, iFP-9xx, PMC-120, H10, N-xx, PMP-1xx, H120, H320, H340, T10
- Creative ZEN Xtra, Micro, Neeon, Sleek, Touch, Vision, Vision:M, V, V Plus, ZEN
- Some mobile phones
- USB Mass Storage (MSC) devices
- Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) devices (including Microsoft PlaysForSure devices)
Originally named Songs-DB and created/developed by Jiri Hajek, the first version to be named MediaMonkey was version 2. Additionally, this version saw the addition of a number of developers to the team.
MediaMonkey follows a release cycle that provides for two or three releases a year. Additionally, alpha and beta versions are available for testing through the official forum. Users have contributed to development by submitting requests to the developers and by creating extensions to the software.