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January 02, 2008

Smith Micro Software's Consumer Group Launches TuneRanger

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Smith Micro Software (News - Alert), Inc. Consumer Group has announced the latest addition to their portfolio with the launch of TuneRanger for Macs and PCs.

TuneRanger works with iTunes, and is expected to help users with multiple computers or iPods by managing and maintaining their media libraries by filling holes, purging duplicate files, propagating new additions to licensed devices, and finding lost songs.
According to Smith Micro, TuneRanger offers direct support for iTunes on Macs and PCs, and also iPods, and enables the synchronization of libraries over multiple machines and across many platforms.
TuneRanger’s options and tools streamline the process of updating multiple devices and locating and adding media files, and filter duplicates and unlicensed music.
Officials pointed out that, it’s not unusual for iTunes and iPod libraries to accumulate duplicate songs and faulty links, and TuneRanger fixes these issues and also optimizes iTunes libraries automatically with its optimization tools.
The optimization tools include an automated duplicate manager, an orphan file remover, tools to remove unlicensed songs, adding or removing disconnected files and a utility to copy album art from the iTunes database to the actual music files, making the album art portable and accessible to other music managers and players.
“Chances are you keep your iTunes music and video collection on more than one computer, so you already know how hard it is to keep them all up-to-date,” noted David Polzine, director of utility and productivity solutions at Smith Micro Software’s Consumer Group.
He also added in a press release, “Add a family to the mix and the task is virtually impossible to control, but with TuneRanger, you can manage all your iTunes-running computers on any network and synchronize music, videos and playlists with the click of a button.”
Polzine explained that Album covers, lyrics and all other changes are updated seamlessly, while misplaced songs are located, un-owned copies purged and duplicates removed.
TuneRanger works across platforms, which allows iTunes on Windows to communicate and synchronize with iTunes on Mac, or vice-versa.
Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
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