Helium Music Manager is a music tagger, renamer, cataloguer, browser, playlist manager and report creator. It can catalogue, edit and play the most common music formats (MP3, Ogg, WMA, iTunes M4A, FLAC, APE and MPC) as well as standard Audio CDs. Catalogue your entire music music collection with a few clicks. Use the new built in Music Information Browser to navigate through your music collection in an intuitive manner by means of a Web style user interface.
Helium makes it easy to find your favorite music by searching for criteria such as Artist, Title, Genre, Rating etc. Avoid manual typing by downloading artist and title information from various sources on the Internet (freedb/CDDB, Amazon.com, Discogs to mention a few). Helium Music Manager supports downloading of album pictures, artist pictures, track information, artist relations, biographies, discographies and lyrics.
- Corrections when viewing statistics with a Microsoft SQL Server database using a date format other than English
- Corrections when viewing statistics with an Access database
- Corrections when browsing to a country page in the Music Information Browser
- Corrections when writing FLAC tags with attached pictures
- Corrections when using Sonique visualisation plugins
- A few textual corrections
Reviewing Build 5445 (Dec 4, 2007)
I like Helium Music Manager with current version 1.7 build 5715, this program manage my music media (mp3, flac, ogg, wma etc.)smoothly without much problem with more than 10,000+ media files and about 600+ album on my system. Thanks to the author and keep good works. Happy xMas 2007, Cheers
Reviewing Build 4536 (Apr 25, 2005)
It's good looking and has lots of features, for sure, but has some annoying problems that _should_ have been stamped out in betatests. Surely SOMEONE betatesting had more than 5-6 MP3 albums?
The #1 annoying thing is the import album function. Import a Various Artists folder and Helium can, for no appearant reason, create new albums and add some songs to these. Presumably it searches the net for a song-album match and add the song to the found album, though I have never allowed this. If you're importing many folders this might actually be difficult to correct since the annoying interface in Helium makes absolutely NO use of actual file folders and you might not know which Album a single MP3 belongs to .. That's why they're saved in folders, you moronic program!
The GUI is often annoying and counter intuitive.
Often the most used commands are hidden in menues while your screen is filled with useless information about the song currently playing and whatnot. Somewhere a beta tester should have pointed out that adding easily clickable buttons for stuff like "Browse album in Album Browser" would be a good thing, not hidden in menues. And, yes, you CAN customize toolbars and stuff. It's just that you're flooded with menues, commands and panes. You'll sooner quit the program in pure frustration than customize everything to your liking.
Another winning annoyance is that it's almost impossible to prevent Helium from writing ID-tags to your MP3s .. which it does whenever you change or add something. Move an MP3 from one album to another (see above) and it need to update and write tags to all files in the album. Do this with a large MP3 collection for a while and you have thousands of fragmented files.. And a fragmented mind .. as often a single update can take a couple of seconds .. when all you wanted to do was change an Album name that the import function didn't get. Since Helium actually uses a database to store stuff in this should never happen. Leave my MP3s alone, thank you. Stupid program.
The last major annoyance is the "Search for an album cover" function using the Amazon plugin. (There are other search plugins you can use). It's nice, though it rarely finds an actual cover. And you cannot ignore Not Found errors .. Try downloading covers for 20 albums and you'll probably end upp clicking Cancel 19 times. Most annoying. Some of the other search plugins actually do find covers from time to time, but more often than not nothing gets downloaded anyway. You might as well Google for the album covers yourself.
Minor annoyances include the included audioplayer that is just a bar at the bottom of the page. It's way too small to be useful. You often press stop instead of skip forward. Which leads to another minor annoyance. If you use Winamp as your player and add an album to the play queue .. only the current song will be enqueued in Winamp. You have to press next song in _Helium_ if you wish to skip song. Even playlists refuse to queue all songs in Winamp.
Helium is probably a media manager done by consensus, not by anyone actually using it daily with huge collections of MP3s. Too many flashy, pointless functions that are frustrating to use and too few easily used, simple and intuitive functions.
It's got huge potential, though.
Reviewing 1.8 (Nov 25, 2004)
Best Music Management on the market!
Reviewing 1.7.2 (Sep 19, 2003)
The bug listed below in version 1.6 is solved in version 1.7. I was also a bit sceptic about this program at first, but I must say that version 1.7 is a real hit. These guys certainly know what they are doing.
Reviewing 1.6 Build 2865 (Apr 23, 2003)
I would say that this is a very good program, but it doesn't work with mutli-user 2000/XP systems. It can only be run from the administrator account that it was installed on, and even then it screws with all other accounts (when you right click anything it tries to reinstall itself).
Other than that it's a great program and I hope that these bugs will be sorted out soon.
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