DJ Jukebox is an essential tool for managing a song library and generating playlists. You can rate each song so that favorites are played more often, and that unwanted songs are never chosen.
File management features include global search and replace on filenames, copy or delete files, and rename/move directories.
DJ Jukebox can remote control a media player on a network computer. A click of the mouse can send keystrokes, playing instructions, and volume changes to the server’s media player. It also supports all media players and file types, commercials, repetition prevention, and much more!
Each song can be rated (on a scale of 0-100) to ensure that favorites are chosen more often. A rating of 0 will prevent the song from being played altogether.
DJ Jukebox File Management
- DJ Jukebox maintains a list of each song and its rating in the “Song Table”. From this table, songs can be easily renamed, deleted, or rated.
- DJ Jukebox can rename or move an entire directory. The Song Table is automatically updated to reflect the new song locations.
- DJ Jukebox can also perform a text search and replace operation on the Song Table. Again, the song files are automatically renamed when a change is made.
- DJ Jukebox can listen for commands from another copy of DJ Jukebox located on a local area network (LAN). Programmable keystrokes can be sent to the server with the click of a button, providing complete remote control over the media player.
- The remote control feature can be used by a dedicated entertainment server. DJ Jukebox can start automatically during bootup and begin listening for remote commands. The server does not even need a monitor.
- DJ Jukebox can insert commercials in between songs. The commercials can be any type of media file that the media player supports. The average number of commercials per song can be adjusted, and individual commercials can be assigned a frequency rating that determines how often they are chosen.
- When DJ Jukebox generates a playlist, it can make sure that songs do not get repeated too often. It can also ensure that no two consecutive songs are from the same album or artist, or have the same name.
- All songs on the hard drive can be added to the Song Table in one simple step.
- A song’s meta tags (a.k.a. ID3 tags) can be viewed and edited.
- Songs that were not recorded properly can be marked as “bad”. This prevents the song from being chosen for a playlist without removing it from the Song Table.
- The songs can be located on a network computer (no drive mapping is required).
- Playlists can be saved for later retrieval, like an “Oldies” mix for when you’re feeling nostalgic.
- A generated playlist can be limited to a single artist of your choosing. You can also choose to play a single album or songs from a single decade.
- The song list, ratings, and other settings are stored in a “Project” file. Most users will only work with a single project, but any number can be used.
- The Song Table can be checked for errors, such as a nonexistent file or illegal rating.
- Identical songs can be identified and deleted.
- If you have a separate entertainment server, it can be shut down remotely. If the server supports the Wake On LAN feature, it can be powered up remotely.
- Command line parameters can be used to generate and play playlists. This is especially useful for creating Desktop shortcuts.
- The Remote Control feature can be incorporated into third-party programs. The help file describes the syntax of all commands and explains how they can be sent to a DJ Jukebox server.
- The complete list of artists, albums, and songs can be printed.
Changes in DJ Jukebox 25.0 (June 22, 2020):
- Edit Tags: if there are multiple songs selected in the Song Table, you can now edit the tags for all of them in one window.
- Generate From Decade/Year: this now supports the album name format where the year comes first, such as “1966-Revolver”.
- Top 25: added a report on the highest rated years.
- Edit Tags: added support for unicode characters.
- Convert To MP3, mp3enc.exe: added support for unicode characters when copying tags from the original file to the new MP3.
- If the volume is changed externally, the volume slider on the toolbar now synchronizes automatically.
- When sending a command to a remote DJ Jukebox server, there is now an animated arrow moving across the Remote toolbar checkbox.
- If the Ctrl key is held down while clicking the “Generate” button or toolbar icon, the generated playlist will append to the existing playlist rather than overwriting it.
- Convert to MP3: added an option to lower the bitrate of the MP3 files.
- Analyze MP3: added support for the Fraunhofer VBRI tag.
- mp3enc.exe: added the /new switch, which ensures that an existing .mp3 file is not overwritten.
- flacenc.exe: statistics about the input file are now reported.
- Edit Tags: this will now remove the “Read Only” file attribute. Previously, there would be a cryptic error that the file could not be saved.
- Normalize Filenames: added Copy/Save/Print/Exit buttons to the bottom of the log window.
- Convert to MP3: the “Replace In Song Table” option is now remembered.
- Find Duplicate Songs: the size of the files is now reported.
- Keystrokes table: added buttons to move the current row up or down.
- Added a context-menu button to the bottom right of the Keystrokes and Commercials tables.
- The “Delete First Line” tool (F8) will now briefly show the line being highlighted before deleting it.
- Song Table Statistics: various minor improvements.
- The current tab is now remembered between sessions.
- Keystrokes table: Import From CSV: the keystroke buttons are now updated.
- Customize Toolbar: it is now possible to force a row-break.
- The toolbar will no longer lose the user’s customization when a new version is installed and new icons have been introduced.
- Added the “Edit Tags” button to the bottom of the Playlist.
- It is now possible to enter djukebox.exe into the “Run” system dialog (Win+R) without a path.
- Rip CD: the FreeDB functionality has been removed as this service has been discontinued.
- Fixed: MP3 encoder: for CBR, the Xing tag was reporting 60% quality instead of 100%, although the underlying quality was not affected.
- Fixed: Analyze MP3: was not handling missing header fields in the Xing tag properly.
Changes in DJ Jukebox 24.0 (August 20th, 2019):
- Rip CD: added the ability to encode to the FLAC format.
- Added the “flacenc.exe” command-line utility, which converts WAV files to FLAC’s.
- Convert To MP3: added the “Replace In Song Table” option, which will replace the FLAC/WAV file in the Song Table with the MP3. Previously it was necessary to do this manually.
- There is now an animation effect when switching tabs.
- Rename/Move Folder: if the Playlist tab is selected, the Old and New Folder fields are pre-populated with the path of the song on the line where the caret is located.
- The Song Table now obeys the operating system’s mouse wheel speed.
- Quick Search: this now begins at whatever row has focus rather than where the last search ended.
- Find Duplicate Songs: the rating of each song is now displayed.
- mp3enc.exe: added the /r switch, which recursively enters subfolders.
- Song Table Statistics: added Copy/Save/Print/Exit buttons to the bottom.
- Import From iTunes: the rating mapping is now remembered.
- Generate From Decade/Year: the “No Years Found” error now shows an example of the required path structure and has a Help button.
- Edit Stored Playlist, Add Selections To Stored Playlist: the list of playlists is now alphabetized.
- Edit Tags: this will now display an error if neither the Playlist nor Songs tab is selected.
- Convert To MP3: the total number of successes and failures is now reported at the bottom of the log.
- Search: the row with the occurrence will not be scrolled to the middle if it is already visible.
- mp3enc.exe: this now produces an error if both a wildcard and a target filepath are specified.
- Top 25/Artist Stats: combining diacritics will no longer cause problems with the column widths.
- The ratings and picks columns now reject any character that is not a digit.
- The interface now supports mouse tilt wheel.
- Fixed: copy/paste could fail if another window has the clipboard open. Now it will retry many times over a brief period.
- Fixed: Add Selections To Stored Playlist: after clicking “Add”, then pressing Escape, the next playlist could disappear from the list.
- Fixed: unminimizing on a secondary monitor was moving the window to the primary monitor.
- Fixed: error when saving a project to Google Drive.
- Fixed: Rename/Move Folder: the dialog was supposed to be modal.
- Fixed: the “Initialize Volume” scrollbar had so little reaction to the scroll arrows and mouse wheel that its movement was imperceptible.
- Fixed: Help: Print: some hyperlinks were not followed by the page number.
- Fixed: possible crash when right clicking on an editbox.
- Fixed: Edit Stored Playlist: when renaming a playlist, this now verifies that the new name doesn’t already exist. Previously in this case, one of the playlists would be lost.
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