Teen Spirit, a free music organiser, player, and tag editor, is now known as Jaangle.

Jaangle has found a home on my system simply because of its wide format support which includes MP3, AAC, WMA, 16-, 24-, 32-bit wave files at all resolutions, OGG, Flac, and even Apple Lossless - a rarity outside of iTunes.

When you import music into Jaangle it automatically reads the ID tags and downloads available album art and artist info from Amazon, LastFM, and Google.

The interface - though skinnable - doesn't have quite the stylish appearance of iTunes or even WMP, but it's more usable and we liked the transparent mini-play that docks to the top of the screen. All functions are readily accessible within a single main window, and Jaangle stays away from multiple overlapping child windows.

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Everything is provided in paned windows which you can still show, hide, minimise, maximise or resize. Our only suggestion to the developers is to replace the plus sign that invokes a dialog to add windows with a simple drop-down list.

One feature we truly enjoyed was the three-band equaliser. So many people mess up their sound using multi-band EQ, it's a long-standing music industry cliché that if you want to generate business for a recording studio, just give away 12- or 24-band EQ units to potential clients. Bass, mid, and treble is all most users need if the curve and center points are musically adjusted by someone who knows what they are doing. Apparently, the Jaangle folks do. Everything sounds right.

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Jaangle: Specs

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
  • 2MB hard disk space
  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
  • 2MB hard disk space

OUR VERDICT

Jaangle isn't quite the eye candy some music players are. However, it's free of charge, based on open source APIs, every bit as capable - and to our mind a lot more fun.

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