How To Scan Your Music Library For Missing Songs

Martin Brinkmann
May 1, 2011
Updated • Jan 16, 2013
Music, Music and Video

If you are a music connoisseur, you may take pride in a complete music library without missing songs or meta tags. But how do you make sure that no songs are missing in your library? That every album is complete?

Tools to scan a library of songs for missing tracks are rare. One application that can be used for the job is Jaikoz Audio Tagger. The program is not free, but the trial version is sufficient to run through your whole music library to find out if songs are missing in it.

You first need to download and install the application which is available for Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh and Linux.

A remark about the trial version. It is limited in functionality, but that is not a problem, as we are not using the software to write data to individual songs. We only use the software to find missing tracks in a local music collection, and that feature does not appear to be limited. You can save the missing song information to your computer, which you can then use as a reference to download or obtain the missing songs.

The first step after installation is to load the music library into the program. This is done with a click on File > Open Folder. Just pick the root folder of your collection to add it to the software. Jaikoz scans all folders and files under that structure automatically, and information about the identified music appears in the program interface afterwards.

Select Action > Auto Correct, or press Ctrl-1 on the keyboard after this first step. This will look up all songs and albums at the online music database MusicBrainz. This look up can take quite some time, depending on the number of songs and files stored under the root folder.

Use Reports > List Missing Songs For Albums in the final step to run a scan for missing songs. All albums that have been identified in the second step will be scanned for missing songs. This is done by comparing the information from the MusicBranz music database with the existing tracks on the computer.

A report is generated and displayed in a popup window. Here you find information about the albums, artists and song titles that are missing.

The report is available as a HTML or CSV version, which can be both saved to the local directory. With those information at hand, it is now possible to obtain the missing songs to complete the music library on your computer.

Jaikoz is a handy tool for that task. Are you using a different tool or service to scan your music collection for missing songs? Let me know in the comments.


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  1. Justin said on November 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

    The warning message about AAC streams when you load streams is because you don’t have the free Orban AAC/aacPlus Player Plugin installed.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Justin, thanks for the information.

  2. santosh said on December 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    does this support AAC ? or only mp3 streaming

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

      I’d say it supports all pls streams but I have not tried that so cannot verify it 100%.

  3. Barnabas said on August 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you Martin for a most informative and viable solution (it allowed me to play streams from a Netherland internet radio station in my WMP)! Continued success to you!

    Barnabas (USA)

  4. AppleRome said on October 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Your steps’ recommendation is still valid until 7th October 2012.. Thank you very much !!

  5. Laura said on December 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you!

  6. sak2005 said on December 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You must convert file.pls to file.m3u
    because file.pls open with winamp and file.m3u open with wmp.

  7. Lithium said on February 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

    2017 still kicking on Windows 7
    Thx a ton

  8. Dennis said on April 18, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Hey, even i can do it, i stumbled through it and it works great! The only instruction advice i will add as i had to figure this out, when the wmp box opens that says save or open the bar on right says wmp click that drop down and select “open pls in wmp” once you do that it will work . Took me quite some time to discover that as i am no computer expert by any means. Having said that, previously i had downloaded codec packages and something about aac. None did any good. This rocks, i listen to a lot of internet radio and a number of them have dropped flash player and getting wmp to work had been a nightmare. So many thanks for this great solution to another problem that Micro-Hell will not even address. Peace- Out

  9. stephen marshall said on March 19, 2019 at 2:07 am

    openplsinwmp came in a zip file. I unpacked it, and didn’t find anything that looks like an executable, and even the files in the “doc” folder were in a format windows didn’t recognize. I’m not stupid. you said it would open effortlessly. It didn’t. This a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down.

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