Jajuk is a very comprehensive and feature rich Open Source cross-platform music management software written in Java.
The software program is therefore available not only for the Microsoft Windows operating system but also Linux and Apple Macintosh computer systems. When you start it up you are asked to pick a root directory that contains music files on the device.
Jajuk will automatically scan the directory for all supported music formats and add them to its database. Additional directories containing music can be added in the settings of the music management software. One interesting feature is that Jajuk will automatically check these directories regularly for updates, which means that any new additions becomes available automatically in the application.
A look at the interface might confuse some users as it is packed with many buttons and functions. It can be divided into three parts. The menu toolbar, a sidebar that switches between different display modes and the main window that is divided into two panes.
The application supports all popular audio formats, including mp3, aac, flac, ogg, wav, or wma, various cover image formats, and playlist files.
The left sidebar lists the following modes:
The software is packed with additional features that are interesting. It contains a so called DJ mode which makes it easy to create playlists based on factors like proportions (e.g. 20% heavy metal, 30% rock), transitions (Heavy --> Pop) or ambience (Party, Soft).
You can use Jajuk to play but also to organize your music collection. This is done through file operations but also an integrated tag editor and rating system.
Other features of interest include an integrated Wikipedia view mode to display artist discographies and biographies, a visual mode that displays all songs and albums by cover, and options to grab covers from the Web.
Additional features of interest:
Jajuk is an interesting alternative to music management programs like Media Monkey or iTunes. It is free, open source, and ships with an impressive set of features to play and manage your music collection on any supported operating system.
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