MusicMatch ® Jukebox is a great application, and gets better with each new release. Listed below are some basic steps that directly relate to its use when preparing music to be loaded to your ReQuest Music Server.
Pricing for this product is extremely reasonable. You can download a free version of the program (which has limitations compared to the paid version), purchase the latest version, or pay a one-time price for all future versions. Check the MusicMatch ® Jukebox site.
The screen captures shown below are from version 8.2 of MusicMatch ® Jukebox, although they should still be very similar to the latest version.
DISCLAIMER: Make sure that you know enough about these steps before doing anything - we don't want to be (and aren't) responsible for any problems you might encounter. If this seems to be too much work, or you aren't comfortable with it, please make arrangements to hire someone to do this for you. As always, use the manufacturer's help files (either in paper version or online).
Familiarize yourself with the software.
After purchasing the latest version, you should take some time to get an idea of where the most commonly used items are. In the graphic below, you will see that using the "Options" button from the Main Menu will take you to sub-menus where most settings will be adjusted.
You can also use the same portion of the menu to check or adjust settings. Clicking on the "Settings" button (as shown above) will open this window.
You can also make adjustments from directly within the drop-down menus. By default (in Windows XP), the music recorded or "ripped" from a CD will go into a folder called "My Music" located in your "My Documents" folder. You may wish to check the program if you are using a different operating system.
The Recorder / Quality setting should be as high as possible based on the size of the drive used in your ReQuest Music Server. When possible, use the "320 kbps" setting for the best sound reproduction in your system.
You can click on any of the information listed (Artist, Album or Track Titles) and edit them. They are shown below with the text highlighted. Please note that you are only able to select a single item at a time for editing (the graphic below has been modified to show both areas at the same time).
You will also see check boxes next to the Track Titles, which by default are all selected. These check boxes indicate which tracks are to be recorded. If there are tracks you wish to not have recorded, simply un-check the appropriate box.
Start Ripping your CDs ...
When you insert a CD into your PC, MusicMatch ® Jukebox will do an online lookup of that CD. Make sure that you are connected to the internet. The graphic below shows how the CD lookup has auto-entered the information found in the database.
On the left side is the Artist and Album information, while to the right are the track titles.
If you click on the "Record" button (bottom; near the center), you will see the Recorder window open, as shown below. In the Recorder window, there is a status area. This will remind you to stop the CD from playing to allow recording to start.
After stopping the CD from playing, the Recorder window will show details of the CD from the online database.
After making any necessary changes, click on the "Record" button (the red button on the bottom and far left of the Recorder window). The recording will start, and you will see progress indicators similar to that shown in this graphic. When recording has completed, the CD drawer will open and you can remove the disc.
Check the recording...
To check that all of the information for the recorded music is correct, open the "My Music" folder which is located in your "My Documents" folder.
You should see a folder with the Artist's Name. Inside of that folder will be another folder named for the Album. The actual music files are located inside the album folder.
If you have multiple albums by the same artist, they will all be located inside the main Artist folder.
Witn no CD in your computer's drive, drag the Album folder into the MusicMatch ® Jukebox "Playlist" window. All of the information will display, and depending on settings, the music will begin to play.
Should you need to make changes to any of the information, you can use the "Edit / Playlist Track Tags" feature in the Main Menu section.
To make changes to multiple items, you can use the "Edit / Select All in Playlist" feature, then select the "Playlist Track Tags" feature. This is handy if you wish to change items such as Artist Name, Album Name, Genre, etc. The first graphic (below) is used to view the track tags. The second is the window that opens allowing modification to the tags.
The basics of this window include the ability to change information for the tracks listed. There are several checkboxes in the window (Artist, Album, Genre, etc.). When you select these, you are allowed to modify the information associated with that checkbox.
When you have more than one track listed (or have used the "Select All in Playlist" feature), any changes made will be for all tracks. This is important to know if you happened to have music from different Artists or Albums in the Playlist and have selected all of them. If you change an Artist name, the Artist name for all tracks shown will be changed. For best results, you should only select multiple tracks if they are from the same Album.
Once changes have been made, the "Apply" button will be active (it is grayed out in the graphic). You can then click on the "OK" button, and all changes will be made.
The "Lookup Tags" button will only be needed if you have music files that were not recorded in the program, or if you wish to verify the information. The program will go online and attempt to find the correct information based on the data already available for the particular tracks.
You can select from the information supplied, or cancel to not make any changes. Once accepted, all of the tag information originally associated with the file will be overwritten.
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