SongKong
SongKong
6.6

1.0

SongKong free download for Mac

SongKong

6.6
24 October 2019

Organize and manage your music collection.

Overview

SongKong is an intelligent music tagger designed to make the task of managing, organizing, and cleaning up your digital music collection quick and easy. It's for those of us who care about music and need it properly cataloged with high-res artwork, but without much time to spend on accomplishing this. SongKong supports most audio formats, including MP3, MP4, AIFF, WAV, FLAC, Ogg, and WMA.

SongKong can identify songs and fix misspellings, add metadata such as as artist and album and album art, and rename songs based on the new metadata if you wish. SongKong 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. It can deal with large music collections as well as small ones. If you use iTunes, it can automatically update it with your modifications.

SongKong can also use Acoustids to find duplicate songs.

What's new in SongKong

Version 6.6:
Improvement
  • Performance:Use ANY query rather than IN query so can reuse more prepared statements
  • Add BrowseByAlbum section
  • Add Cover Image size below artwork for BrowseBy sections
  • Performance:Use Native Sql not Hibernate to generate reports
  • Should ignore track titles of the form Track 1, Track 2 when double checking good title match
  • Add Release Year to Manual Edit
  • Improve Style to Grouping data addition
  • Shorten MusicBrainz to MB on browse sections tags so obscures less of image
  • Add Browse by Composer/Work
  • Add filtering to BrowseBy Pages
  • Add text search to Browse pages to go straight to filter results by artist(s)/album(s)/composer(s)/work(s)
  • Add the various BrowseBy options under a single Browse menu
  • Add ability to hide badges from browse section so can see full artwork
Bug
  • Not disabling Preview on license install is confusing for customer
  • For ID3 formats Performer Role/Performer not always shown correctly in Song Changes report
  • Matched to MusicBrainz/Discogs sections doesnt show match if Ignore Already Matched set
  • Check Version not automatically called in Remote Mode
  • SaveNewCoverImage Error
  • PreferredReleaseDateType=Earliest,None,Latest option missing from GUI
  • Better handling of Acoustid timeout required

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Lloyd-K-Smith
20 October 2013

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I currently have the following iTunes cleaning and organizing software for acquiring music metadata and other pertinent informations for music: Song Kong Leawo Tunes Cleaner TuneUp Tagalicious I listed the programs by better to worse. Song Kong only got a 4.5 stars because the instructions need to be clearer especially in making choices under the "Monitor Watch Folder". It needs to be clarified as to what effect "File Naming" and "Format" options does to affect metadata. In my case I liked the old way the I could list my music by artist first, then by album. The options to do this within iTunes 11 may be part of the cause my album listing is hit or miss. But this is a minor detail. Also it would be nice to really under stand the purpose of the "Move Folder" function. It needs to be more clear as to why you need the move folder function to be activated. Other than that, Song Kong is by far the absolute king of software for finding missing data for all my music. The issues I referred to may be my misunderstanding. When I use the other programs, especially TuneUp, the list is a mess. ands Leawo Tunes Cleaner is better than Tuneup but not nearly as good as Song Kong. I have never seen with the other programs a flag (a small caps i inside a circle ) next to the song name and the song number, that designates a missing song. I'm not sure if Song Kong is the cause for this or not. But it is a neat feature that asks you if you want to find the missing song. Once you accept, you install the proper CD or as in my case, I have a File on several drives that is a copy of every album and CD. You point the program to the missing songs, Voila, the program retrieves the missing song and filles in other missing songs on the same CD. I have never seen this before I started using Song Kong. Song Kong isn't perfect, yet !, but issues remaining after the program has run is very minor compared with remaining effects of the other programs. Sorting out the minor issues after using Song Kong is far less time consuming problematic than with the other programs. lloken Song Kong i
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Version 1.10.0
matt-220
24 September 2019
Itried to install this app over 4times and copied and pasted the reg informaton into the app just to be told that the informaion was not entered correctly as i say after 4 attempts i emailed support to ask for a refund whish i thought was a resonable request and got this reply:On 24/09/2019 13:49, Matthew Lewis wrote: CAN I JUST HAVE A REFUND PLEASE? I HAVE LOST INTEREST NOW Sorry, this is just pure user error it really is not that difficult ! not great service in my book i would not recomend this to anyone
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Version 6.1
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Jthink
Jthink
06 October 2019
I explained to matt that he had copied/pasted the license key incorrectly and showed him exactly what he had done wrong, unfortunately he seems unable to accept that he could possibly have made a mistake making it impossible to help him.
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Version 6.1
Boblphd
01 September 2016
I am simply astounded by the number of positive reviews here as my experience with both the software and the support were very bad. The software mad a huge number of errors, and many were not on obscure albums, e.g. Adele 25. Why would anyone forgive a program that takes the first song on that album, "Hello," and identify it as a single release, separating it from the rest of the album. I could not correct this error. SongKong also got the composer of that song wrong (primary composer was Adele). Anyway, here is an itemization of my problems:

1. Inaccurate: Numerous songs were mistagged and separated from the rest of the album from which they were extracted. This was so bad that I had to restore my entire (6000 song) library from a backup taking hours to accomplish. Also, the software does not seem to recognize compilations, as the one I had was separated into several different albums (the original ones from which they were extracted) even though the song metadata included the compilation album name as well as the song name.

Support: While the developer did make suggestions, he ignored my statement that I had followed his suggestions and got the wrong results a second time requiring another restoration of my 70 GB library. He insulted me for not reading the instructions for his interface (for which see below). The trial version did not write the changes so I had no way to see if it was working using iTunes. He refused to refund my money.

Interface: Probably the most complex interface I have ever seen (and I have been using purchased software since 1980). Starting fix songs brings up a set of preferences some very technical on which there are no fewer than 11 tabs! This requires reading a lot of documentation. I prefer intuitive software.

The developer will undoubtedly respond to this. He will say I insulted him, but he took my criticism and my request for a refund as a personal attack. All I've got to say I'm happy that some people are getting good results, because I certainly did not. For most people I recommend iTunes for artwork and duplicates (and accurate tags taken directly from Gracenote). SongKong does no more than does iTunes.
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Version 3.24
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Paul-Taylor
Paul-Taylor
05 September 2016
What Bob did was threaten me, to quote 'I am now trying to get my money back one more time. If I do not, I will dispute the charges on Paypal and write reviews that will certainly hurt. I am retired and have plenty of time to do this.' and now appears to carry out his threat, he made this threat in only his second email.

He first sent me an angry email and I requested the SongKong support files so I could investigate his issues. Unfortunately he only send me the contents of the last report together with the threat not the support files so I didn't have all the information I requested but I was able to explain most issues at that point.


1. Restore library, SongKong has a full Undo facility that can be used even after restarting so I dont understand why Bob couldn't use this,

2. Apart from the Adele issue Bob have given me no more evidence of songs incorrectly matched..

3. Adele issue, the settings were configure to Update Metadata and Filename Only and the first song already had a Musicbrainz id in the file whereas the others didn't so this file was not rematched. Why it still has a musicbrainzid after restoring I don't know but because Bob only sent me the last report and no logs files there was nothing else I could do except explain how to change the option to allow it to be rematched.

4. Compilation issue, bob complained that it messed up a homemade compilation, i.e a collection songs that doesn't actually exist as a commercial release. I don't really understand what Bob wanted SongKong to do with this release as clearly it was impossible to match this release to a real release and the purpose of Songkong is to try and match songs to real releases. I explained how the 'All Existing folders represent a single album' option could be enabled to prevent a folder ever bing split but it is not a sensible default as it prevents folders of random songs being matched.

5. The interface of Songkong is not complex, additional options have to be added in response to customer requests because not everybody wants exactly the same result, but in the majority of cases the defaults will work well with no adjustment needed.

6. Bobs complains both that there is not enough information about the options, and that the manual is too long so how do I square that circle.

7. Itunes can only identify songs at the time of burning the CD, and only adds the most basic of information its not a fair comparison.
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Boblphd
Boblphd
05 September 2016
Most of Jthink’s responses are already addressed in my original review. However, I will respond to each item or refer to the main review when appropriate.

Before the numbers, the first email was not angry and neither were insulting. I did get angry after he told me that he has a policy of not refunding money stating the trial version (which writes no results that can be inspected). So I paid for it under the impression that it would work.

1. As I said, I DID use the “undo” provided by SongKong. It did not correct any of the errors I saw in iTunes.

2. No, why should I have to when the Adele album had two errors associated with it? To me, just those errors warrant a refund.

3. That is a good question is it not? However, I am NOT his beta tester. I just want my money back; I do not want to know how to use or what is wrong with his software. The report showed the errors.

4. I answered that in the main review. Perhaps SongKong should respect some of the tags iTunes places into the metadata.

5. If 11 separate tabs of preferences is not complicated, well, what is?

6. No, I did not. I told him I would not read his manual just like I do not read the manual for any software I use. I do not want to be a “power user.” A human interface should be intuitive.

7. I do not see the relevance of this to the discussion in my review.
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Paul-Taylor
Paul-Taylor
05 September 2016
Bob, in your very first email to me you said 'I purchased SongKong yesterday and ran it for the first time today. I completely destroyed my iTunes folder with incorrect tags and addition of songs that were not there. I will have to restore from a backup, a royal pain. I would like my money back. It you do not refund it I will protest through PayPal and my credit card company'. Now I would call that angry, I tried to solve your problems because I guess you bought the product for a reason but you really were not interested in me solving the issue.

It really is unreasonable to just buy a product without making use of the trial then when you have an issue just expect a refund without providing any evidence. Whilst SongKong trial does not actually save changes to the files the report it generates shows exactly what has been matched and the metadata that will be added/modified so you could see exactly the results, you don't have to view the results in iTunes. If you had given me a chance to resolve the issues and I failed I would have happily refunded you but you did not give me this chance.

There are only three tasks in SongKong it really is not very complex, the options are just options, and I mentioned iTunes in response to your assertion that ' SongKong does no more than does iTunes.

But there is not much point in me trying to discuss these issues such as the Adele or Compilation because you are not listening to what Ive already said.


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shane-14
13 February 2016
At the moment Im using SongKong to organize a MASSIVE 1TB Music Collection. Alot of REALLY BAD tags!!! I have tried many other programs and have wasted alot of money. This program is the real deal! I will be changing my 4stars to 5 stars if I can get an issue fixed which brings me to another point, The support for the software is Top Notch, Support will guide you through any issues you have in a prompt dummy proof way. Djing over 13 years and having spend thousands if not hundreds of thousands on music having my library organized is absolutely KEY for me to do my job properly and this software is one of my main tools in doing so! I HIGHLEY RECOMEND THIS SOFTWARE. Ive used mp3 tag, media monkey, tunescleaner, beatunes... I could go on for ever. While others do have key points NONE work in the way SongKong does! Shane D. 2 GHz Intel Core i7 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB
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Version 3.22
Shane-Smith
12 February 2016
There seems to be a problem with renaming files. When I tried the new version 3.22 the first letter of any file becomes a "_"?
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Version 3.22
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Paul-Taylor
Paul-Taylor
12 February 2016
Sorry, you are right there is a bug with my fix for https://jthink.atlassian.net/browse/SONGKONG-825 . My solution is incorrectly matching a regular expression rather than a literal with the effect that if you enable 'Rename Songs based on Metadata when Matched' the first character after every folder seperator '/' is being replaced by an underscore.

Its too late here for me to safetly do a new release tonight so instead the latest download on the Jthinkwebsite is now back to SongKong 3.21 I would advise you to download and install this until I have fixed the problem I expect to do this tomorrow and release as SongKong 3.23,. Alternatively if you not enable 'Rename Songs based on Metadata when Matched' the problem will not occur.

Aplogies again for the slip up
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Paul-Taylor
Paul-Taylor
13 February 2016
Hi, its now fixed and released in SongKong 3.23
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Shane-Smith
Shane-Smith
14 February 2016
Thanks for the update. Great app with fantastic customer service. Cheers.
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MacUpdate-Ishaq
10 November 2015
SongKong is an automated tagger for your music collection. As music listeners gain access to what increasingly feels like every song ever, the notion of a collection of music begins to feel remote. When listening to music means logging into a streaming service and wandering around a limitless selection of music, the sentimental connection between the listener and the song is minimized. So while SongKong is just a music tagger and organizer – and a very powerful one, at that – it does more than just bring order to some files; it cares for things that really mean something on your Mac. And luckily, SongKong is up to the task of maintaining your music. Simply point the app at your music folder and go step-by-step through SongKong’s clear workflow to get your music cleaned up. Each section of SongKong’s workflow couldn’t be clearer; all of its tweaks are out on the table, and the user gets to treat their music collection exactly as they’d like. SongKong fills in the gaps that bubble up when music is imported from a multitude of sources. Users with vinyl collections will love SongKong for ripping their records to their Mac because SongKong can fill in the missing metadata in a snap. And by setting it up to continuously monitor particular folders, you can grow your collection without heaping cleanup work on yourself. Keep your music collection in pristine condition with SongKong.
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Version 3.20
unfrostedpoptart
09 November 2015
Not a review but a question: How does SongKong handle albums that are collections of songs by various artists? How does it tag them with the actual song artists, etc? Also, how does it handle classical albums where there are often compositions by multiple composers? What about tagging performers, soloists, conductors, and orchestras? That's the difficult, time-consuming work!
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Version 3.20
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Paul-Taylor
Paul-Taylor
10 November 2015
There are AlbumArtist and Artist fields - so for a VariousArtist compilation the AlbumArtist would be 'Various Artists', whereas the Artist field would be the name of the artist for that particular song. If a song is by multiple artists then they are suitably joined together e.g 'Johnny Cash & June Carter' and there is an additional Artists field that can store multiple artists as separate fields i.e 'Johnny Cash', 'June Carter' . The Composer field is at song level, and the composer field for a song can contain multiple composers, the Conductor field works the same way.

Wrt to performers, soloists and orchestras the Artist field would encompass some of these depending on how they are described on the sleeve notes but currently we dont automatically add all this information, partly because it is not clear where all this should be stored. However the generated report does provide a link to the matched album webpage on MusicBrainz/Discogs and this usually contains this information if you want to add this to your songs with a tag editing tool.
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kurtsmiling
08 November 2015
I have a library of some 24000+ music files accounting for over 600gb hard drive space mostly in flac format but also a huge itunes collection. I spent days copying my cd's and months downloading additional music, I didn't know exactly what a "tag" was, thought it meant you could download the album artwork if you had one. I was having to use 2 different music players to play music and even then about 40% of my files weren't recognised. I learned about tagging. I downloaded and tried most of the tagging software both free and trial versions, spent over a week with Picard but it wasn't until I stumbled upon Songkong that I achieved anywhere near the success I was aiming for. I selected my whole music folder and hit the fix songs button and less than a day later my collection was tagged. Though a few albums had the wrong cover that can be forgiven as some are quite obscure and old. The one problem I had was down to my ignorance and impatience which was quickly resolved after receiving a swift reply from the developer of the software himself, a gentleman from the west of England. My computer is old ( still has a floppy disc slot ! ) and feel with a more modern computer the whole tagging procedure would have been more speedy. I can highly recommend this software and personally consider it money well spent. Diolch yn fawr.
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Version 3.20
laphamkjjim
20 July 2015
I have for years been looking for something that will do just what SongKong does. I have tried many and spent way too much money on programs that didn't work and named songs incorrectly. Some would do a few songs and quit. When I wrote for support I got excuses but no answers. While I'm sure it isn't perfect and no it didn't find every song I have in my collection it did find and correct a huge majority of them and put them all in order. I would recommend this program to anyone who has a large collection of music. So far I have not had one song that I have played (and I have played a lot of songs) since using SongKong. I am not a tech guy and so have had a little trouble understanding some of the terms used in the programs but have written to support a couple times and got a very fast (usually within hours) and nice response with answers to my questions. What else could you ask for? The only suggestion I would like to see in an update is for the program to not allow exact duplicates to be added to the database as an option. They are still working on and improving the program too. so if you ask me if I am pleased I can say yes I am VERY pleased. Thank you for making this program it is a lifesaver.
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Version 3.16
Flavum
20 June 2015
I'm suspicious of 5-star reviews from new users that start with "I've tried other mp3 taggers and…". Maybe they're legit, but I've seen enough review spamming on MacUpdate for this to give me pause.
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Version 3.16
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Paul-Taylor
Paul-Taylor
23 June 2015
Flavum let me assure you I have no spam reviews, why not try out SongKong yourself and let us others see what you think of it after using it.
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steve23094
steve23094
08 July 2015
Probably because anybody that is serious about having a well organised library HAS tried everything out there. Most of them have so many failings it's not funny. Getting burnt by the disaster that is/was TuneUp hurt particularly bad when I paid for it.

I'll say it again for the sake of clarity, SongKong isn't perfect but it's the best I have used.
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Lens
Lens
03 January 2016
I have to agree that many of the reviews are suspiciously similar, and I feel uncomfortable that many of them say they contacted the developer. That said, the service itself looks decent and I may give it a try, and if I can evaluate it without shelling out money, and like it I will buy it.
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steve23094
25 February 2015
I think I have tried every single MP3 tagger out there and none of them are perfect, including SongKong. However it's the best of the bunch by quite a stretch. It probably won't tag all your MP3's perfectly, they will still need additional curation but it does a darn good job.

The author is also responsive to support requests, if you report a problem with a tag he will look into it and fix it. I also helped track down a bug with him at one stage and I got a credit for it!

SongKong is updated regularly with improvements and fixes.

You may think the price a little steep but consider how much your time is worth to fix your tags manually.

It's a decent piece of software.
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Version 3.13
1 answer(s)
Shane-Smith
Shane-Smith
08 September 2015
I have to agree with steve23094, it's far from perfect but it's the best I've tried. The biggest problem is with new or obscure releases which is no fault of Songkong. If it can't find it in the database then it can't fix it.
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