For music lovers, TunesGo is a software available for PC and Mac that allows the ability to "free" music. At it's core, the software is a tool for media management, but it serves more of a purpose than that. You can use it for transferring music to and from different devices, for streaming music from a large collection of hundreds of thousands of songs, and you can even download and store the music from various sources like YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, SoundCloud, and more. With all of these tools on hand, it allows users to access all of their music from one place.
Before you can get started with TunesGo, you'll need to head to the software's website and download the program, and install it on your computer. It is available for free to try, but once the trial is over you'll need to pick up either the 1-year license for $39.95, or you can pick up the lifetime license which is $59.95. Each of those licenses will allow you to use it on one device (PC or Mac). There is also a family license which costs $149.95, which is also a lifetime license and can be used on anywhere from 2-5 devices.
Once you open up the software you'll see four different buttons up at the top of the window that are for navigating around its different features, called get music, library, device, and toolbox. Under the get music tab there are buttons for discovering new music, downloading music, or recording it. Music is organized by artist, genre, playlists, and top lists. You can stream the music which streams from Spotify or opens up a small YouTube player from a list of more than 300,000 songs and more than 35,000 different albums, but you can also download it from various sources, like Vimeo, YouTube, Vevo, Spotify, SoundCloud, iTunes, and more. If you don't want to download it, you can hop over to the record page and simply hit the record button to grab the music from wherever it's playing.
Downloaded or recorded music downloads into iTunes, and TunesGo plugs into iTunes with an easy access toggle button that opens up iTunes for you. With the trial version software you can download or record up to 10 songs, however, there are no limitations on downloading or recording songs when you have one of the paid software licenses. If you have music that is locally stored on another device like an iPod or a smartphone, you can connect the device to the computer through USB and TunesGo will enable you to transfer it into the TunesGo music library. Alternatively, you can connect your device up to it so you can move it from TunesGo over to a smartphone to take your music with you.
More than managing your music, TunesGo will also manage movies, TV, and podcasts. It also organizes your media library for you and will analyze each and every song, movie, tv show, or podcast, and attach album art to it. If you have any broken media like songs or tracks which don't work, TunesGo will also remove this from the library so it is no longer taking up space. If there are missing tracks or duplicate tracks, those are removed as well. The toolbox page has various different tools to be used with iTunes, like rebuilding your iTunes library or removing the DRM (digital rights management), but it can also be used to backup or restore your iTunes library, and transfer music to Android and iOS devices. There is also a toolkit for transferring music to a USB that can be played in the car, or for burning CDs.
If you're someone who likes to have the lyrics on hand for the music you listen to, there is a "lyrics" button on the discover page that you can click which will bring up a separate window that opens on top of the Tunes Go window. This enables the lyrics to display on screen in the separate lyrics window when music is playing so you can see the words to the song if you desire to do so. In addition to the lyrics and the ability to stream or download music, the program has integrated links to the latest music-related news. When clicked, these links will open up your browser window and take you to the website where the music news is located. This appears to open up either the Edge browser or internet Explorer depending on which one you have installed. It does not appear that there is an option to change browsers to something like Chrome or Firefox.
As a media management tool, TunesGo was very simple to use and was pretty full-featured. It was also nice to have a trial version available to test out the software before having to buy it, although buying the full license does open up plenty of more options and removes any limits that may have been there. Having the ability to also record music from various sources in addition to downloading or streaming it was also a nice option to have on hand. TunesGo has a nice interface as well, making it pleasing to the eye and it's set up in an intuitive way that makes interacting with it a little easier.
- Speed (5/5) – The software opens up quick and it doesn't take much time to move between tabs or features. Overall the app works pretty quickly.
- Theme (4/5) – Visually the software looks great and is easy to navigate because of this.
- Features (5/5) – TunesGo offers up quite a lot in terms of media management tools, in addition to a way for listening to music right on the computer.
- Overall (4/5) – Overall TunesGo is a nice program that's easy to use and has plenty to offer any user.
- A decent amount of features.
- Nice user interface.
- Fast and simple to use.
- Options to download and record music.
- Built-in search to find music easily.
- There doesn't appear to be an option to choose the browser that opens for when reading the music news.
If you're looking for an easy way to manage music and listen to music, while also keeping organized and all in one place, TunesGo will serve that purpose and do its job well. It offers up loads of features, and it won't cost much for the license to open up its features and remove the limitations. With a free trial version available, anyone can check out and enjoy TunesGo without a commitment.