SongGenie
SongGenie 2.2.5
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Analyzes and completes tags for untitled tracks in iTunes.   Demo ($29.99)
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SongGenie allows you to see what's missing from your music library. SongGenie tidies and polishes your songs, ready for your Mac, iPod and iPhone. Name your untitled tracks and insert lyrics straight into your music files.
What's New
Version 2.2.5:
  • Fixes a crash that could occur while looking up songs
  • A few other minor issues have been fixed
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.5 or later



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SongGenie User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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+59

Cortig reviewed on 16 Jan 2012
The application does an OK job most of the time, but with a few shortcomings:
- Song identification and especially lyrics collection rarely work on non-US/English songs (where other apps like Tagalicious do an much better job).
- you can't exclude certain categories from searches (eg: no need for lyrics for my classical music…
[Version 2.2.1]


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+5

+7

fuzzywalrus reviewed on 15 Nov 2011
SongGenie in theory would be a killer app, just like TuneUp, but would be stars are both plagued by lackluster performance and crashiness. I've tested TuneUp but I bought SongGenie and kinda glad I went with SongGenie instead. I'll address later..

SongGenie at $29.95 is just damned spendy for what it does and how it performs. SongGenie is 1/2 of a two suite music collection organizer, CoverScout and SongGenie. CoverScout being the buggy and useful cover art finder and SongGenie being the song identifier. Each is meant to reorganizing expansive collections by first identifying the music and then next finding the cover art. Both apps were very crash happy, often quitting. However version 2.2 of CoverScout finally seems to get things less crash happy, possibly due to the developers axing PPC support.

In a perfect world, one would simply click Identify and the App would go about its business by analyzing the song and then suggesting the proper title. However, its not quite that easy. CoverScout repeatedly times out on identifications (slow, but I'll forgive the speed) only to re-identify the same song minutes later and have it properly find the right information. It makes me wonder what sort of method the developers are using to ID songs and if they're piggy-backing a free service. Once identified, it then lets you click on said fields you'd like to change or apply all the changes to a song or batch of songs. Applying to batches of songs might be great in theory but take a classic artist like Al Green, the man has made music since the 1960s to present, and has had plenty of "Best of" or "Greatest Hits " collections. Often albums will identify songs as part of another collection. There's no "brains" for an album identification, you might end up with a track from one album being suggested to be part of some obscure multi-disk collection. You're left often reviewing each song's change individually due to the lack of smarts.

It can find songs that are "Various Artist, Track 1" and identify it, but it might take more than several tries.

SongGenie also is pitifully slow at loading your library, with 20,000 songs it takes me in the hours to load my library, I believe about 2.... on an 8-Core Mac Pro with 16 GB of RAM, on an external eSATA drive.

Next, at $29.99 asking the user to pay equally to identify album art seems painful to see ask when iTunes does it for free on properly tagged albums or properly tagged according to Apple. Sure it does a better job but not so much that I'd pay for CoverScout.

However, when it crashes it doesn't' bring iTunes like TuneUp which will crash too, but instead often bringing down iTunes AND sometimes forcing you to restart. Plus, TuneUp charges yearly or expensive "LifeTime" although from what I've read others have had to pay to upgrade despite lifetime, and its service is broken up to MANY more apps. It offers more but seems to be trapped to the same performance and stability problems.

SongGenie is a tough buy, when it works, its a beautiful thing and I'd accept sluggish performance if it worked, but either the dev needs to sell this cheaply, like its worth $10 tops or seriously ramp up the production. I want to love this app, I really do
[Version 2.2]

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+2

+7
fuzzywalrus replied on 17 Nov 2011
It appears now the app locks up minutes after using... :( $29.95 for an App that goes unresponsive almost without fail regardless if its being used or not in a minute.... C'mon Devs, I want to use and love this software.
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-1

-13

Huntcraig8 reviewed on 05 Aug 2011
Not exactly the correct What's New info for Song Genie MacUpdate?
WHAT'S NEW
Version 2.1.3:
iSale now supports the new custom item specifics from eBay.
Improved iSale Widget.
Optimized scrollers for Mac OS X 10.7.
Fixed some glitches with Mac OS X 10.7 in user interface.
[Version 2.1.3]


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+3

+3

Trex67 reviewed on 26 Jun 2011
Pluses - Found about 90% of my library's (~35,000 songs) lyrics. Corrected many song/album titles.

Minuses - Doesn't seem to recognize about 50 or so songs that already have all the correct info (all it seems to see are the song titles on these files.) Sometimes seems to drag the whole system down. Frequent crashes when doing lyric searches, and takes quite a while to relaunch.

I bought this mainly for the lyrics auto-fill, which works most of the time, so for that I can give it a lukewarm thumbs-up. Still, it seems kind of buggy. I'll revise the score if this improves.
[Version 2.1.1]


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+6

+48
ric0ric commented on 17 Aug 2010
While i regularly use and value Coverscout, the companion program, this piece of software (SongGenie) is just too expensive to update. The full cost seemed high but now, an extra $15 means I am just about to delete SongGenie. At that price I can definitely do without it.
[Version 2.0.4]


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+9

Tachyonflare reviewed on 13 Jun 2010
This is great application, I use it quite a bit. There are few items that could use some improvements, my personal Hindi/Urdu music is sometime problematic but it does a decent job of organizing it, the more popular foreign even adds lyrics (romanized). I think some of the reviews are completely unwarranted. This application works great with Cover Scout . . . and no I have no association with the developer other than a customer. =)
[Version 2.0.2]


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+6

+6

Colt45 reviewed on 21 Apr 2010
Buggy program, crashes repeatedly. DO NOT BUY.

I downloaded and purchased version 2 about a week ago. I have attempted to use the program over 2 dozen times, and every single use the program lock up sooner or later. I have about 20,000 which are exceptional clean. All are tagged with ID3 v2.3 only. All are 128 kbps or higher. The program takes a good 30 to 45 minutes to scan my library (I have done this over a dozen times), with each time correctly reporting the number of songs. Then when I attempted to ID the songs, the programs drags and then eventually locks up.

I have sent in numerous crash reports and several emails. I got ONE email back so far, instructing me to ID the song that is giving the program a problem. With 20,000 songs and no part of the program that records such an event. It is impossible to determine.

The interface is great, but with the program extremely slow or locking up, don't waste your money.
[Version 2.0.2]

3 Replies

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+3
Equinuxsupport (developer) replied on 22 Apr 2010
Hi Colt,

We'd like to work with you to see why this is happening - SongGenie should not be crashing so often! Please could you get in contact with us via equinux.com/support. We'd be happy to help.

Regards,
equinux Support
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+398
Donperreault replied on 01 Oct 2010
Love the developers reply "SongGenie should not be crashing so often". Which begs me to think is SongGenie supposed to crash at all?
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+2

+3
Equinuxsupport (developer) replied on 04 Oct 2010
Haha - good catch Donperreault! :)

Of course SongGenie should never crash - which is why we like to figure out what's happening right away, if we ever get a report from a user.
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+1

+2
DrCsirke commented on 30 Mar 2010
I was in the market for this class of app, and was going to buy Song Genie 2, but some of the reviews dinging Equinux as a company made me buy Jaikox instead. I was very dissatisfied with Jaikoz-- it tagged a lot of things incorrectly, and the interface was painful to look at and use. In the end, I decided to go with my gut and get Song Genie 2, like I had originally intended, and despite having to purchase them both, I am now happy because SG2 did a fantastic job tagging, and the interface made it much easier/more pleasant to fine tune the things it didn't get perfectly.
[Version 2.0.1]


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+2

+2
Silverkingcobra commented on 25 Mar 2010
Nice improvement over version 1. I had trouble with early version of v2, but support was quick, helpful and nice.

I recommend you get this if you have a large library.
[Version 2.0.1]


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+2

+1
Antro31 commented on 25 Mar 2010
For those who are complaining, I am a bit surprised.
I was also annoyed by the updgrade price. I wrote to them and they were very comprehensive by offering me another 25% discount on the upgrade !
[Version 2.0.1]


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+110
June8 had trouble on 17 Dec 2012
Doesn't detect and display Part of a compilation.
[Version 2.2.3]



otsu rated on 27 Jul 2013

[Version 2.2.5]



Rollymat rated on 31 May 2013

[Version 2.2.5]



+6

Mityars rated on 30 Mar 2013

[Version 2.2.5]



Frederic_BAREL-qe@y rated on 02 Sep 2011

[Version 2.1.4]



Rhoeling rated on 22 Jun 2011

[Version 2.1.1]



Jrogers59 rated on 23 Apr 2011

[Version 2.1.1]



-1

Bobot13 rated on 14 Jan 2011

[Version 2.1.1]


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Version Downloads:13,683
Type:Home Personal : Music
License:Demo
Date:05 Mar 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $29.99
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