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Musicmatch and Yahoo and broken things

Filed under: — adam @ 3:55 pm

I’ve been a Musicmatch user for many many years. They’ve always used Marimba to automatically download updates. But, unfortunately, version 10 is horribly broken, and it shit all over my music folder. There’s really no other way to put it.

The first time I ran the watchfolder update under the new version, it decided it knew where my files should go, rearranging the entire directory hierarchy, copying files around (to new directories organized by artist instead of album), and filling up the last 20GB of the disk. I lost a bunch of music in the chaos (not irretreivable, but this is a major pain in the ass to fix), and I never want to touch the thing with a 10 foot pole again. Stupid – this is why I hate iTunes!

I also recently discovered that Yahoo has purchased Musicmatch. I’d love to give Yahoo the benefit of the doubt for not destroying things they buy (read: flickr), but this is not the rosiest of starts.


3 Responses to “Musicmatch and Yahoo and broken things”

  1. rens Says:

    say mediamonkey!

  2. MHG Says:

    My computer took a twitch and suddenly the Musicmatch watchfolder didn’t watch any more. I reluctantly upgraded from the proven 7.5 to 10. Still the watchfolder doesn’t work even after the folder is specified each startup. What did Yahoo do?

  3. adam Says:

    I don’t know, but whatever it is, it’s badly broken. Things were working fine up until version 9. On the above suggestion, I tried out Media Monkey. It’s a little ugly with the default skin, but it seems to be very fast, it did a good job of autodetecting my music, and it hasn’t wanted to move anything around. It seems like a good alternative.

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