We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
15,669 Reviews

LIBOX review


Manufacturer: LIBOX

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The fascinating LIBOX software is a media player, organizer, and media-sharing app with a rather unique approach.

The fascinating LIBOX software is a music player, organizer, and media-sharing app with a rather unique approach.

Both Windows and the Mac come with pretty darn good media players in Windows Media Player and Apple iTunes, with the latter available on Windows as well. LIBOX (free beta) is worth your consideration, however. We were expecting stylish, hip, and limited, and what we got was, well... hip, highly original, and with a promise of greatness.

It's a photo/audio/video organizer and player multi-device sharing app, as well as part social app. Sadly, bugs spoiled much of the effect and hindered my testing, but it is a beta. I like the approach even if the program didn't prove immediately useful.

The download is used to download additional setup files. You'll need to sign up for the free LIBOX service to use the program, but it only serves to redirect communications between LIBOX clients. Once you do, there's a short setup procedure during which you import media and can add an online avatar image of your choosing as well as optionally provide an email address (Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, or Windows Live) that LIBOX will use to search for other LIBOX users.

LIBOX's interface is exceptionally clean and logical, though I'm not a huge fan of the colour scheme (bright white/light gray with splashes of green). There's no local help file, but ten minutes exploring the online help and the interface and the online help should give you a good idea of how to operate the program. The column of categories and actions to the left of the main screen is good place to start.

Once you dig in, you'll probably have the same feeling I did - that you're looking at what will eventually be a better way to organize, play, and share media. The scope of the program and service is so large that I'll just hit on some of the high points. The first and most unique among several unique LIBOX features is its multi-device nature. The program/service aspires to be platform-agnostic.

If you've logged on to LIBOX open on two machines (local or across the Internet), you'll see the media from both on both - at least in theory. The version I tested had some rather large problems keeping track of files, which would fail to show up, disappear, and sometimes appear long after a folder was added. This was undoubtedly related to trying to sync the two PCs I installed the programs on, but there's no workaround, so it's something the company will need to work out before the beta period ends.

When the files were available, LIBOX impressed me with its audio and video CODEC support. It's all internal and is nearly as broad as VLC's. In addition to the normal audio types handled by WMP and Quicktime, there's support for FLAC, Ogg Vorbis (audio), and up to 96/24-bit wave files. There's no support for APE and Windows lossless did not play. Video format support included h.264 and Quicktime types, but oddly, Theora files did not show up. LIBOX imported jpegs and bitmaps, but no other, less-popular image formats. The program never even hinted at crashing - a rarity in betas for this category.

NEXT: our expert verdict >>

Digital Home Advisor

LIBOX Expert Verdict »

Windows or Mac OS X PC, internet connection, LIBOX login
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

LIBOX is not ready for prime time, but even so it's worth a look. When the file management and minor interface issues are solved, it might just become your media manager/player/sharing app of choice.

  • MediaMonkey 4.0.7 review - media player looks ugly, plays nice

    MediaMonkey 4.0.7 - media player looks ugly, plays nice

    MediaMonkey is a media organization and playback app for Windows users. It offers many handy ways to clean up your digital media collection. Here's our MediaMonkey review.

  • RadLight 4 Pro review

    RadLight 4 Pro

    In our never-ending search for the perfect media player software, the latest entry is RadLight 4 Pro, a decent but ultimately unfulfilling contestant.

  • RealPlayer 11.0 beta

    In its upcoming RealPlayer 11.0 release RealNetworks is taking a serious stab at integrating features that let you save and organise web videos to your PC and also burn those videos to CD and DVDs. UPDATE: Real Player fully released on 28 June 2007

  • RealPlayer review


    RealPlayer, the venerable (if oft-maligned) multimedia playback software is back with a new beta. With the latest version of the software, it's number 14 but is simply being called RealPlayer, RealNetworks has enhanced the player's mobile capabilities, smartly taking aim at Android, BlackBerry and Nokia phones that lack the native media syncing solution that Apple's iPhone and iPod enjoy with iTunes.

  • CyberLink PowerDVD 12 Ultra review

    CyberLink PowerDVD 12 Ultra

    CyberLink PowerDVD 12 Ultra has long been the best DVD/Blu-ray player software available, and with version 12 it morphs into an organizer/player for all types of media.

IDG UK Sites

Best camera phone of 2015: iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G4 vs Galaxy S6 vs One M9 vs Nexus 6

IDG UK Sites

In defence of BlackBerrys

IDG UK Sites

Why we should reserve judgement on Apple ditching Helvetica in OS X/iOS for the Apple Watch's San...

IDG UK Sites

Retina 3.3GHz iMac 27in preview: Apple cuts £400 of price of Retina iMac with new model