Introduction For New Users
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MediaMonkey is a digital media and media library application developed by Ventis Media Inc., for organizing and playing audio on Microsoft Windows operating systems. You can read more about MediaMonkey's features in the About MediaMonkey article.
MediaMonkey is compatible with a number of portable devices, see Compatible Devices for the full list of devices known to work with MediaMonkey.
Devices that don't work
- Sony devices that require Sonic Stage to synch (i.e. they can't sync via Explorer or Windows Media Player).
- Older Creative Labs devices that use proprietary drivers and don't have updated 'Plays for Sure' firmware.
- Microsoft Zune (1st and 2nd Generation, all models - zAlternator is required - please see the Zune guide for more information)
Differences between MTP and USB Mass Storage
Some portable devices offer the option of choosing between two different connection modes: either MTP or USB Mass Storage mode (also known as MSC). MTP forces the portable device to work with a database, so extra features like search or browse by artists and albums appear. MSC devices are not required to do so, so they might only let you browse by directory structure, although some exceptions exist. An formidable example of both MTP and MSC is the case of the Creative Zen X-Fi, where songs that are transferred to the internal memory device via MTP are handled by a database, while songs inside the storage card can only be browsed by directory structure. Please check your device capabilities in this regard.
Setting up Syncing with a mobile device
To set up syncing with your mobile device, see the following articles:
You can add a lot of new functions to MediaMonkey by installing Scripts. MediaMonkey users have created scripts that allow you to e.g. tag files automatically, download information (track info, lyrics, covers, etc) from the internet, customize the playback of files, and much, much more.
Installation of scripts may be script specific, but in most cases all that is required is downloading and opening a MediaMonkey extension file (with an .mmip extension). Depending on the script, scripts may run on MediaMonkey startup, only when run by you (under Tools -> Scripts), or even upon some other action such as a right click. Some scripts can be configured with different options; you should consult the specific script thread in the scripting forum for its specific details.
Scripts are available in the scripting forum.
Anyone can write their own script. For more information, see the Scripting article.
What are skins?
Skins are custom graphical theme appearances that can be applied to MediaMonkey in order to suit the different tastes of different users. Basically, skins will change the way MediaMonkey looks when it is run.
MediaMonkey also has the option to match your current Windows theme (or run un-skinned). You can use the non-skinned version of MediaMonkey by opening MediaMonkey (non-skinned).exe in your C:\Program Files\MediaMonkey folder or by checking off "Override skin them with Windows System Theme" under Tools -> Options -> Skin.
There are two categories of skins. The ones made for v2.5 and lower (using Winamp's Player skin), and the new ones made exclusively for MediaMonkey. Skins are available at the following links, with previews of what the skin looks like. Installation instructions are available at the following links as well.
For the most up-to-date information on specific skins, or to make a skinning request (to change a feature of a current skin or for an entirely new skin) you should visit the MediaMonkey artwork forum.
Anyone can create their own skin, more information and an in progress tutorial is available at the Skinning article.
MediaMonkey is a very powerful program that can be a bit daunting to new users. Fortunately, there are many ways to seek help should a user ever need it.
FAQ / Knowledgebase
Many questions from new users can be answered at the knowledgebase, which is essentially an FAQ (listing of frequently asked questions with answers).
There is also a wiki-supported user submitted FAQ database available at the User Submitted FAQs page.
The Need Help? section of the MediaMonkey forum is a great place to ask questions when your question isn't addressed at the FAQ. The MediaMonkey community is very helpful and experienced, and the chances are that your question has already been asked and answered somewhere on the forum. Although it is generally recommended to search the forum before starting a new thread to ask a question, you are more than welcome to pose a question in the forum if you have difficulty locating any information. The forum is a place where anyone can help you. Often you get several opinions and it can be very useful, however there aren't any guarantees on accuracy. After the FAQ, the forum will get you the quickest response.
Frequently Asked Questions from the Need Help? section of the MediaMonkey forum can be added/viewed at User Submitted FAQs
Support Ticket System
In the case that your question cannot be answered in the forums or by the FAQ, you can submit a support ticket directly to the MediaMonkey developers. Although the developers try to respond carefully and in a timely manner, this isn't always possible.
The MediaMonkey wiki is designed as a collection of information available for users as well as skin, script, and plug-in developers. Anyone can access information at the wiki, but a user name is required to make edits and contributions. This user name will also provide you with access to MediaMonkey's support ticket system and the MediaMonkey forum. More information is available at the MMWiki Introduction.
You can test the wiki syntax at the Sandbox.