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What is SongKong for Melco?
Song Kong for Melco is an intelligent music tagger app designed to make the task of managing, organizing and cleaning up your digital music collection easy, you can purchase from here.
As your digital music collection grows so can missing artist information or album cover art, duplicate tracks or inconsistent or unnamed songs (“like Track 01”). SongKong for Melco is designed to resolve all these issues so that you can play the music you love whenever you want. SongKong for Melco is simple and powerful and can fix your music collection in a few clicks whilst offering all the tools and options you want to customize your experience.
SongKong for Melco has been designed with the support of Melco so that it is optimized for UPnP and DNLA. It has special support for MinimServer and Twonky DNLA/UPnP Servers plus special support for files created with Naim UnitiServe.
Read NaimUniti Wav metadata into the Wavs
The Naim UnitiServe is a hi-end cd ripper and library store. When you use it to rip a CD the UnitiServe rips to Wav format, it then looks up metadata from the All Music Guide or Cddb but this metadata is stored in a file called amginfo.xml or cddbinfo.txt within the same folder as the Wav rips for the album rather than stored within the Wav files themselves. If you edit your music using the Naim App then these edits are stored in a UserEdits.xml file.
This is not a problem as long as you only played your music via Naim UnitiServe but if you copy the files elsewhere and serve the files using a different system then no metadata would show up for the Wav files, this occurs even if the metadata files are copied as well since only Naim UnitiServe can parse these metadata files.
With SongKong for Melco if you have any folders that contain Naim wav rips plus any of these metadata files then the metadata is now easily embedded into the Wav files themselves, this can now be read and used by most applications and players. Because the files are local and no searching on the Internet is required this process is extremely fast, songs can be processed at a rate of about 1,000 songs a minute.
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Configured to work with Twonky and MinimServer DNLA/UPnP Servers
DNLA/UPnP is the mechanism used by network audio servers such as Melco N1 to stream music to your network streamers. For a good user experience your songs must have metadata and your UPnP server configured to make best use of this metadata.
SongKong has special support for MinimServer, for example SongKong writes classical music work information directly to MinimServers Group field so that Classical music can be displayed properly without further configuration required. We have an ongoing guide explaining how to use SongKong with MinimServer effectively.
SongKong has special support for Twonky, for example Twonky uses a non-standard field for WAV files to support track numbers, with SongKong we simply write both the standard and non-standard track field to ensure maximum compatibility.
Automatic Song Matching
SongKong for Melco is designed to be the easiest and fastest way to organize your music – identify songs, fix misspellings and add missing album art. SongKong for Melco uses intelligent acoustic matching from Acoustid to listen to your songs and find matches even when they have no information at all, but also takes advantage of existing file information to ensure you get the best album match. SongKong for Melco uses our own dedicated JThink Music Server regularly updated from the MusicBrainz and Discogs databases giving you more accurate matches, faster.
Delete Duplicate Songs
Removing duplicate tracks makes it easier to organize and enjoy your music and frees up space. SongKong for Melco finds duplicates based on the actual audio. You can choose how SongKong for Melco finds duplicates (for example, by ignoring albums). SongKong for Melco lets you decide what to do with duplicates songs once they are found, you can choose to prioritise particular formats or select the earliest version found. SongKong for Melco allows you delete duplicates immediately, or move for review - giving you complete control.
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You can also control SongKong for Melco from a remote device using a regular web-browser, and this could be another computer, iPad or even your mobile phone.
This means having installed SongKong for Melco on your computer you can then use it from another location in your home, for example your computer may be in your home office but you can control from your phone in your lounge.
You can install and use SongKong for Melco on a computer that does not have a Graphical User Interface (GUI) such as a Linux server. You can run main tasks such as Fix Songs, configure all options and also run administrative tasks such as license installation.
Because you can install SongKong for Melco on the same machine as your music resides on even if it has no GUI the actual file reading and modifying does not have to be done over the network meaning much faster and more reliable matching, especially with large lossless files.
Add High Quality Artwork
Evoke the feeling of your old LPs and CDs with Song Kong’s album artwork feature. SongKong for Melco finds high quality album cover artwork to add colour and interest to your digital music collection so you no longer have to look at grey notes in your music player where the missing album cover art should be. SongKong for Melco uses the Cover Art Archive to find high resolution album cover art in just a few seconds. Typically the cover artwork images are 1000 x 1000 pixels, more than enough detail for your iPod or Sonos system. SongKong for Melco gives you the freedom to automatically resize images to whatever size you like.
SongKong for Melco understands Classical music. The Metadata demands for Classical are very different to Pop/Rock music, credit is usually given to not only the performer but also the conductor, orchestra and composer. In Pop/Rock an album usually represents the artistic intent of the artist, i.e. the album was conceived and created as a single body of work. In Classical it is more complicated, Classical composers work in terms of Symphonies or Sonatas rather than albums, we call these Works. These works comprise sub works or movements, and there may be additional levels. When Classical music is released as an album it may only contain part of a work, or conversely multiple works, so the album grouping may not be the most important grouping. SongKong for Melco identifies Classical releases and captures this additional information in dedicated metadata fields. It can also identify other Classical information such as the Opus No and the performers with their instruments. SongKong for Melco can automatically update the new iTunes Work and Movement fields. Click here to find out more about Classical Music Tag editing.
Edit Song Metadata - Available Free !
The concept behind SongKong is that your songs can be identified automatically, and this can give you a complete and consistent music library. However we realize that 100% music identification is not quite a reality yet, so SongKong also provides manual metadata editing as well.
Manual Editing is available in remote mode (as well as desktop mode) so you can edit your metadata remotely via a web-browser. This is very useful if you have SongKong running on a less accessible machine such as a linux server. After each manual edit session SongKong creates a report so you have a record of exactly what has been changed and SongKong saves all changes to a database so that you can use Undo Changes in exactly the same way as you can do for automatic edits.
Manual Editing comes free in SongKong Lite
Status Report - Available Free !
The Status Report task is a very useful tool for taking a snapshot of your music collection. It has two main features, it creates a metadata completeness report and a spreadsheet of your songs existing metadata
The Song Metadata Completeness Summary section of the report creates a bar chart showing the percentage of songs with each type of metadata, this is very useful for finding holes in your metadata. Complete and consistent metadata is necessary for the best enjoyment of your music and optimum browsing experience and SongKong can help you with this by automatically identifying songs and albums and adding in-depth metadata.
A spreadsheet is also created containing all of your songs existing metadata, this is created using the standard xlsx format supported by all major spreadsheet applications.
The Status Report comes free in SongKong Lite
SongKong for Melco supports iTunes, so if you are an iTunes user you can ensure as songs are modified in SongKong for Melco those changes are automatically refreshed in iTunes. This includes adding new songs to iTunes and removing deleted songs from iTunes. This synchronisation of SongKong for Melco and iTunes means that you can enjoy the benefits of an organized music collection whether you are listening to your music on your computer at home or on the go with your smartphone, Mp3 player or from the cloud.
SongKong for Melco sets no limits. It is powerful and flexible – whether you need to fix a couple of folders or a 100,000 song library in one hit then SongKong for Melco is the solution. If you want to fix specific songs in iTunes just drag and drop onto SongKong for Melco - simple. But although simple to use SongKong for Melco has a host of preferences that you can adjust, take a look at the online help for details.
Beats per Minute
Knowing the BPM (Beats per Minute) of your songs is great for many purposes, its required for proper beatmixing when DJ-ing, matching your BPM to your running pace can help when running, and it allows you to create better playlists by using the BPM as an indicator of the mood, but calculating the BPM is not something you can easily do yourself.
SongKong for Melco (Pro version) can now get the BPM for millions of songs as they are matched to MusicBrainz, and because the BPM has already been calculated for these songs it takes no extra time to add the BPM.
Mood and other Acoustic Attributes
SongKong for Melco can use acoustic analysis of a song to determine the mood of the song, great for creating playlists to suit your mood or an event such as a dinner party or romantic evening.
It can also also help determine lots of other attributes, all of them help you to create better playlists. For example it can detect if a track is most likely an instrumental, song or spoken word track. Does the track use acoustic or electronic instruments. It can detect the main key scale of the song, and if the song tuneful or more discordant.
Command Line Tool
SongKong for Melco has a command line interface allowing song fixing, folder monitoring and duplicate deletion. This means that SongKong for Melco can be used in environments where no Gui is available, and it can be included as part of an automated scripted solution, great for linux servers.
Making Your Mind Up
All changes are stored in a database so changes are not lost when you close SongKong for Melco or restart your computer. If you later decide that you do not like changes made by SongKong for Melco then simply use Undo Changes to change the files back to how they were before the fix. This undo facility works even if the files have been moved or renamed and can be applied to subfolders and individual files as well.
Supports all popular audio formats
SongKong for Melco fully supports all popular audio formats including Mp3, Mp4, Aiff, Wav, Flac, Ogg, Wma and Dsf. Some of these such as Aiff are not supported by many other tag editors, you can find out more about different format support here
What’s in a Name?
SongKong for Melco lets you rename your song files using any of your metadata fields so if you want to name them according to song title, artist, or album name SongKong for Melco gives you the flexibility to do it – organizing your music collection to suit you. SongKong for Melco uses powerful expression syntax, and comes with a number of preconfigured rename masks making it easy. This feature is important because it not only helps to personalize your music library but it ensures compatibility with music player systems.
Knowledge is Power
SongKong for Melco allows you to see exactly what changes have been made to your music. It creates a detailed report showing exactly which songs it matches and what changes it makes. The report shows you where your fixed data comes from, such as which songs it matches to the MusicBrainz and Discogs databases; which tags and artwork it adds or changes for each matched song, and how your songs are reorganized and renamed. This feature gives you the benefit of automated fixes and the power to review the results – giving you complete control.
Keep a Lookout...
SongKong for Melco can set up a Watch Folder for you, so that as new music is added to it, SongKong for Melco detects it and fixes it automatically. This continuous monitoring is like a housekeeping service for your music collection so you hardly have to think about organizing your music any more.
SongKong for Melco supports most music formats. SongKong for Melco is available for both the Mac and PC, with support for OS X, Windows and Linux. So if you have a PC at work and a Mac at home you can use SongKong for Melco effectively in both settings.
SongKong for Melco support comes direct from the developer. As the developer I am determined to make SongKong for Melco the best tagger available for all platforms, and therefore I actively encourage comments, bug reports and questions. SongKong for Melco uses the professional JIRA issue tracking for tracking issues that cannot be resolved within a day. I value your feedback and queries and aim to be as responsive as possible
I have also previously worked as a developer for MusicBrainz, responsible for writing their search code. This includes what people use to search for albums on MusicBrainz and their web service. My MusicBrainz know-how has led me to construct the dedicated Albunack Music Server, updated regularly from MusicBrainz and Discogs to provide a web service optimized for tagging from SongKong for Melco. This means SongKong for Melco users can enjoy a fast, accurate fix for their music collection every-time.
You can see further details of our Support Policy here