Best Free Tools For Managing Your Music Library

The most important tools you should have for your digital music

Essential Software For Digital Music

Whether you are just starting out in the world of digital music or already have a library, you'll want the right software on your computer. Owning a song library isn't just about playing it. There are quite a lot of tasks you'll need to do in order to maintain your collection.

For example, what if your portable media player can't play a particular audio format? Or what happens if you lose some of your files -- either accidentally or through no fault of your own?

It is therefore essential to know exactly what tools you need to properly maintain and get the best out of owning a music library. With this in mind, this guide will show you the essential tools you should have in your digital music toolbox. Whether you need to burn your music to CD for safe keeping or need to edit it, the following list provides a selection of useful tools that can be downloaded for free.

WaveShop
WaveShop main window. Image © WaveShop

One of the most important software tools you can have is an audio editor. This enables you to manipulate the sound in a variety of different ways.

As well as the usual tasks such as cutting, copying, and pasting sections of audio, you can also use an audio editor to remove unwanted sounds like clicks and pops.

If you’ve got a collection of digital audio files in various formats (MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, etc.), then an audio editor can also be used to convert formats too. More »

FreeRIP Software
CD Ripping Software. Image © GreenTree Applications SRL

Dedicated audio CD extraction programs tend to have far more options than the built-in ones found in popular software media players. Windows Media Player and iTunes for example have limited rip options and don't support that many formats to convert to either.

When you’ve got a large collection of CDs that you want to rip, standalone CD rippers can often be the better choice as they are optimized for this task. 

Here are a list of free CD rippers that have good features and give excellent results. More »

CDBurnerXP Software
Free CD Burning Software. Image © Canneverbe Limited.

There are many paid-for disc burning tools, like Nero, that offer great features. However, there are some stellar free alternatives that can be just as good.

Using a dedicated burning program gives you the flexibility to burn music, video, and other types of files to CD, DVD, and even Blu-ray.

This can open up a lot more possibilities on the way you use and store your digital media library. More »

Recover Files Software
Recovery Software. Image © Undelete & Unerase, Inc.

Perhaps the worst thing to happen is to lose the music you have painstakingly collected over the years. Whether you’ve accidentally deleted music files from your hard drive / portable device, or have suffered the damaging effects of virus / malware attack, then you can use file recovery software to get your data back.

For your music downloads, it can be a lifesaver that will save you the pain of having to purchase the same songs again. More »

Koyote MP3 & WMA Converter
Audio Format Converter. Image © Koyote-Lab, Inc.

Sometimes it’s necessary to convert a music file into another audio format for compatibility reasons. The WMA format for instance is a popular format, but it's not compatible with Apple devices like the iPhone.

This short article lists the best free software for converting between audio formats. More »