Find & Delete Duplicate Music Files

We all admire our music collection and arrange them carefully, however no matter how much we try, there may be duplicate copies of the same music in our collection.

Now we do have a choice of painfully sorting through each and every music file to find duplicates and then delete them, or then we could just use a tool to do the hard work for us.

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If you decided to use a tool, Similarity is one we would suggest you to find & delete duplicate music and mp3 files. Similarity is a useful program that helps you to find and remove similar, duplicate musical files (MP3, WMA, OGG, ASF, WAV, FLAC, APE, WV) with the same or similar sound content, music tags (ID3,WMF,Vorbis).

You can adjust sensitivity of searching criteria to find exact or similar files. In this way it is possible to identify similarly titles with smaller differences. Duplicate files can be deleted or browsed.

Similarity Features

  • Three powerful comparing algorithms (content based, tags based and experimental).
  • Support lossy formats: MP3, MP2, OGG, WMA, ASF.
  • Support lossless formats: FLAC, APE, WF, WMA.
  • Support ID3v1, ID3v2, ASF, WMA, Vorbis tags.
  • Find files with same sound content (not byte to byte comparison, using sound analyzing).
  • Tag editor (support MP3,WMA).
  • Tag/file renaming tool.
  • Very fast sound content scanning.
  • Works with removable media devices like USB, etc.
  • Search local PC and over network.
  • Find duplicate from a selected set of folders.
  • Show files tags and properties.
  • Results can be exported to playlist.

Download Similarity [via Madhur Kapoor’s Blog]

YouTube Gets Added To FoxyTunes As A Part Of It’s WebServices

FoxyTunes is among the world’s most popularly used Firefox extensions. It’s extreme popularity and quick growth was the reason for it to be acquired by the IT giants Yahoo for a staggering sum of 40 million US Dollars. Yahoo Music acquired it so as to expand it further. FoxyTunes already had a number of inviting features that made it instantly popular amongst music lovers, and with the newest release where in it has has additional maintenance for YouTube, the most popular video sharing website, FoxyTunes fan following will surely increase.

YouTube has been added to FoxyTunes as a part of its web services. If you have FoxyTunes installed, along with controlling the videos from YouTube you can also browse all the playlists with the toolbar, at the same time. For the time you can control the videos on YouTube.com; however as per the developers you will be able to put in support meant for all the videos that a person embeds, and this will be a part of web services real soon. In case you are wondering about FoxyTunes and their function then perhaps the next paragraph would be able to shed some light on the matter.

FoxyTunes was started out in the form of an easy and straightforward add-on that would aptly control a music player. This also offered support for many types of players while also showing important info about every song that has been chosen by the user and this info is shown while it’s being played. Important information showed to the listener, includes lyrics, artist search, genre and more.

These bits of information have completely altered the way an individual listens to music and thanks to this software music listening has become more interactive. FoxyTunes also immensely supports many services from the web like the last.fm and Rhapsody Online and as we can understand that the FoxyTunes isn’t just a mere uncomplicated player add-on but it’s also a perfect way to attach several files of music to Internet-power.

Indie Community Site IndiePit Gets Ready for Update [Grab Free Pro Accounts]

Update: All you IndiePit fans, version 1.5 is coming out on Monday at 12AM PST instead of launch date set for today, the delay was caused because of some technical glitches, the 500 pro accounts for new signups are still a go so hang on and start signing up on 15th June 12AM PST.

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If you could recall, we published a post last month about some fantastic sources of indie music online. We missed Indiepit but had to add it, thanks to our engaging readers who pointed out it’s inept absence from the list.

» IndiePit is an online music community for indie artists, where musicians can share their tunes with the world, sell their creations and create an online fan base.

Launched presumably in 2007, Indiepit has been relatively unknown to the masses except the traditionalist indie music fans. Basically Indiepit, without the .com is a company which facilitates the success of independent bands, musicians and labels. And the site is their primary tool. Unlike other supporters of independent music, Indiepit is built from scratch without any venture capital funding or by the backing of any large corporate entities. Says their myspace page.

As per our birdie, they will soon be releasing the next version of the site. The revamp, number 1.5 to be precise shall be out by the 12 of June. We were interested about the new launch so we’ve got some exclusive details on what’s coming new for our awesome Techie Buzz readers!

A new album management system will be introduced. Unlike version 1.0 where artists could upload only full albums, a new system of rules shall be out which will allow the submission of EPs, LPs and compilations. Artists can now create mixes of their tracks and put them on the site.

The site will soon be working like a mini store for music. Previously, users and fans could download songs for free only if the artist had permitted it. Now with the new update, users can not only download free songs but also buy those which are not free. Artists can either set a straight price for their tracks in which case their album will cost the total cost of the tracks or set a discounted price for the album if the whole of it is bought together. The tracks downloaded will be DRM free and of the original quality in which they were uploaded.

Another freshly baked feature is of the coupon codes. Artists can create coupons which they can give away to their fans to be used on Indiepit for free downloads of their tracks. A feature of great use to indie artists that play at local parties where they can pass on coupons as merchandise or on cards.

If you are an indie fan, artist or label, signing up on Indiepit is worth the time.

IndiePit also offers Pro accounts for artists and bands, and if you’re one, you stand a chance to grab a Pro account on Indiepit if you are amongst the first 500 to signup on June 12!

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Top 10 Sources of Fantastic And New Indie Music

Music is an obsession for many. Some people live on music and some feed on it. And when you feed on it, you can’t have the same kind of music to hear everyday, every week. When you have veggies everyday, it feels good to have a pizza once a while or bite a burger. So why not experiment and find music which has not been found yet?

For those who are too addicted to Coldplay or Linkin Park, should know that there are a lot of artists and bands, which are striving to get their music heard without the support of any major recording company. Their music may not always be good but it may be very good at times, all they need is support from people and good coverage before an established studio signs them up.

A lot of these artists try to get their content reach people through the internet which in most of the cases, is available for free. You get to hear music never heard before, you get to know artists never known before. And they’re usually good.

Without further ado, let’s have a look at some of the best places on the internet to look for such indie music from unsigned, independent artists or pop groups.

Jamendo

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Now hosting more than 20,000 albums, Jamendo is a music sharing and community site. Artists can upload their tracks onto the site and assign them one of the Creative Commons licenses. With a license in hand, artists can promote their content and protect their rights at the same time. If you like a particular artist, you can also make a donation through paypal from the site itself. A quick sign-up gives you a profile with some social networking abilities, although downloads and unlimited streaming is free for anyone, registered or not.

Magnatune

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Magnatune works directly with artists worldwide and the music published is all hand picked. When an album is uploaded, you can listen to it for free as much as you want. But downloading it will require a subscription. Starting at just $10/month, you can download any album you like. Magnatune pays artists 50% of what it earns justifying the tagline We are not evil’. You can also browse through collections, like this one for best selling instrumental music and order CDs by postal mail ($11 to $24). An option for individual album downloads is also there which costs between $5 and $18, fifty percent of which goes to the artist.

Netlabels

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The netlabels archive on archive.org has been a prominent place to look for new music. It allows netlabel owners to upload their content creative commons licensing is an option to the archive and anyone can stream or download the tracks for absolutely no cost. You can either download individual tracks or get hold of an album with a zip download.   Streaming music is also a feature.

Legal Torrents

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Legal Torrents is an online digital media community and as the name implies, this is no pirate bay. Being a community, there are also a lot of other things like movies and games legal ones! for grabs. The music is licensed under any of the creative commons licenses and a submission is only taken in once it has been verified. Although you can’t browse the netlabels section by genre, the point that it provides a community based p2p platform for artists makes up for it.

FMA

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The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of free legal downloads. All the music is free to stream and free to download. Artists get a page of their own which sport a short bio and links to their sites. Listeners can also tip’ or donate to their favorite artists via paypal or mark albums as a favorite. Albums can be browsed by genre and further by sub-genres.

Mixcloud

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Mixcloud, unlike any other on this list, focuses on music mixes and compilations rather than individual tracks. It also accepts podcasts, radio shows and dj mixes into its library. Subscription right now is free, while Mixcloud is in beta. You can listen to any music, any time at no cost although downloading is not permitted. Every registered user can upload their own music as well and create a profile to promote their content.

The Sixty One

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It’s like Digg but for music. Artists upload their songs to the site and users can love’ them. With each love’ vote, the song gets popular and rises to the top of the list. A very well thought out site, the music continues its play as you navigate through the site and browse songs, either by genre or popularity. If you sign up, you’ll get to bump tracks up the list, save them to a playlist and download some freely available tracks as well.

GarageBand

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A large community website for independent artists, GarageBand is used by musicians to promote their creations and get critical reviews about their tracks. Songs can be streamed and many can be downloaded as well. The site provides a social network backend for artists where they can create a community and meet new fans. Listeners can review any album out there and rate it accordingly.

PureVolume

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Purevolume solely focuses on the promotion of indie music artists and groups. Listeners can signup for free and go through their archive of albums and tracks. Many of the tracks are available for free download even though you can stream all of them. PureVolume features both signed and unsigned artists and there’s a page which lists the top tracks by unsigned artists. Check it out.

Amie Street

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Amie Street is like the ideal platform for emerging artists. When an album is submitted, it’s either free to download or cheap to buy. As it gets more popular and more people listen to and buy it, it’s price rises. So the newest and latest music is either free or doesn’t make a hole in your pocket. When it rises in popularity, you’ll have to spend about $0.98/per track. Not at all a bad price for good music.

Update:  Ok Ok, I missed  IndiePit. Check it out as well, it seems quite cool.

And That’s All. Let me know what are your favorite sites for finding cool new music. The comments are always open.

Err…I still can’t help those who have veggies everyday :D Get a change guys!

Publish Pandora Songs To Last.fm

Pandora and Last.fm are two really good places to listen to music online, however both are different services, but a small script will allow you to publish the music you are hearing on Pandora to your Last.fm account.

PandoraFM is simple. As you listen to music via the excellent Pandora music service each song gets submitted to your profile on Last.FM. You’re listening to music, so why shouldn’t you be able to account for it? Some call it a mash-up, others call it a hack. I call it Pandora.FM.

So go ahead and share all the fantastic music you listen to on both these services, you will need to download and install the Greasemonkey add-on for before you can use this script.

If you are a Last.fm user and are in a country where it will be available as a paid service, you can check out some Last.fm Alternatives which are free.

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10 Free Alternatives to Last.fm’s Radio Service

Now since the Last.fm radio is getting paid for users living outside US, UK and Germany, it becomes quite a pain for the left out users to look for a free equivalent, if not a better alternative to Last.fm’s radio.

Although Last.fm still functions as a recommendation tool, as you can still scrobble your tracks (for free), you won’t be able to listen to the recommended tracks without buying a subscription. To ease out the task for you, we researched a little bit and have put down a list of 10 free alternatives to the Last.fm Radio service.

StumbleAudio

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StumbleAudio is like StumbleUpon, but for music. You can randomly listen to music and rate them ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’. You can browse music by channels and save favorites when you sign up.

Spotify

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If you live in Europe, you need not look further. Spotify is a radio, a recommendation tool, a music sharing tool and a lot more. It comes with its own desktop app from where you can stream the music you like. Not available in the rest of the world yet.

SHOUTcast

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Shoutcast is one of the oldest and most popular radio services on the internet. Browse by artist or genre and make advanced searches. Thousands of radio channels add to its glory.

Musicovery

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Musicovery is an interactive and intuitive radio service which adjusts itself according to your mood. You can also choose music from genre, timeframe and browse their hit songs.

Deezer

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With Deezer, you can listen to all kinds of music from rock to hip-hop, jazz, electro and world music. You can browse their top charts and listen to the radios.

iLike

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Quite much like Last.fm, iLike integrates a sidebar to your iTunes from where it can track your listening habits and then provide music suggestions. You can play their radio by genre or artist. They also have added features like concert listings and free mp3 downloads for some songs. When you play music there, you can also see the youtube video for that song alongside.

Tunerec

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Tunerec is a web based service, that records’ songs off internet radio streams and then tags them all for your convenience. You can search songs by artist, album or song name. It has got a very sleek interface, though it takes some time to record songs for you.

Songza

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With Songza, you can search, share and create playlists easily. You can listen to playlists others have made and discover new music. When you play a track, you can also glance through its video alongside.

Live365

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With Live365, you can search for more than 6000 online radio stations. You can browse as per genre or you can see which radio station is playing a particular song you want to hear. In all, a great package.

RadioBeta

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RadioBeta lets you search for radio stations by geography or genres. You can play radio stations from RadioBeta itself and also queue them for playing. With the geo search feature, you can listen online radio in your regional language. Works quite well!

Update: We would also like to add RadioTime to the list. Apart from listening to various online radio channels there, you can also lend an ear for a talk show or news channel.

This finishes the list. Let us know what you think of Last’s decision to cut off free radio, and, of course, these alternatives.

Download Music From Last.fm

Last.fm is a pretty popular service for listening to music tracks online, we love it so much that we have the Last.fm application for Nokia N95 and also recommend it to convert Firefox into a Music Hub.

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However you cannot easily download the music you listen to on Last.fm, but there are few tools which you can use to easily download music from Last.fm.

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