How Does TuneUp Media Compare to Rinse?
One of the biggest problems with digital music collections is their often disorganized nature. Most people accumulate their audio collections from a huge range of sources, and most of those collections are composed of many files with incorrect (or completely missing) meta-data.
Considering the organizational headache created by most people’s messy collections it’s clear any program which can manage these mammoth collections will be greeted with open arms. A number of such programs have jumped up to solve this organizational problem. Two of the most popular music scrubbing and organization programs are TuneUp Media and Rinse My Media. From the outside, both of these programs look very similar to each other, but how do they stack up when directly compared?
Let’s Look at Feature Sets…
When comparing both rinse vs Tuneup, they offer a very similar, nearly identical feature sets. Both of these programs revolve around 3 primary functions:
- Fixing Inaccurate MetaData
- Identifying and Removing Duplicate Audio Files
- Finding and Attaching Missing Album Art
Additionally, both programs offer a unique fourth feature:
- TuneUp offers the Tuniverse feature.
- Rinse offers the Organize Genres feature
So how do these program’s matching features compare with each other, and which of their unique features offers the better option?
Fixing Inaccurate MetaData
This core feature provides the primary function most people are looking for from TuneUp and Rinse. Both programs map out an audio blueprint of each of your audio files and then compare this blueprint to a thorough online database of songs in an effort to correctly identify the song it contains. Once your program finds a match it will fill in accurate information within the file’s metadata.
In layman’s terms, both TuneUp and Rinse search your music collections, find those files with wrong labelling information, and then fills in that information for you. The information filled in by both programs includes Song Title, Artist Name, Album Name, Genre and the like.
Both TuneUp and Rinse perform this task equally well. If your music collection contains primarily popular songs then you can expect 100% accuracy from this feature. If your music collection contains a lot of obscure songs then both programs will still be able to provide you with somewhere around 85-90% accuracy. Both programs let you clean up your whole collection automatically in one go, and both programs take about the same amount of time to identify and recode each song’s metadata (a few seconds for the pair of tasks).
Winner: Tie. When it comes to fixing inaccurate meta-data both programs perform equally well.
Identifying and Removing Duplicate Audio Files
TuneUp and Rinse both use their matching process to accurately identify whether you have any duplicate songs within your audio collection, and then provide you with the ability to remove those duplicates (all at once, in small batches, or one at a time). Because their matching process relies on the unique audio blueprint of each song and not its metadata, both programs are much better at accurately identifying duplicates than iTunes or other program’s in-house duplicate removal feature.
Once again, both programs work essentially the same here. However, Rinse provides a little more flexibility and precision with their duplicate removal feature because the program lets you ignore certain metadata (like specific albums or artists) when matching songs. This is a neat feature, though it’s difficult to see under what real-world circumstances someone wouldn’t want to remove duplicates from a specific artist, album or genre of music.
Winner: Rinse, though barely.
Finding and Attaching Missing Album Art
When it comes to finding and attaching missing album art, TuneUp pulls ahead of Rinse. Both programs will identify which of your albums are missing attached artwork and provide you with the ability to automatically download and attach the missing image file.
Tune Up, however, offers a wider range of album art to choose from than Rinse because the former program lets its users pick from a wider range of optional album art. With TuneUp you will be able to select an album’s original cover, as well as any variant or international covers the program can find.
Winner: TuneUp. Additional album art options may not affect your collection’s organizational abilities, but it’s still a cool and welcome feature.
Unique Features: Tuniverse vs Organize Genres
At the end of the day both program’s core feature sets work essentially the same and provide no clear winner between the two. Unfortunately evaluating each program’s unique features also fails to produce a clear winner.
TuneUp offers their Tuniverse feature, which conveniently connects you with expanded information on the song and artist you are presently listening to. Tuniverse will provide you with access to music videos, artist bios, artist news, concert and event ticket information, merchandise links and related artist feeds. All of this information is readily available elsewhere online, the major aim of these news feeds is to sell you additional products, and at the end of the day most people don’t sit and look at their audio platform when they’re listening to music in the first place, which means most people will never even access this feature.
Rinse offers the Organize Genres features, which lets you rename the “Genre” metadata on all of your songs in one fell swoop. For example you will be able to take all of your songs labelled as Pop Rock, Punk Rock, Indie Rock and Heavy Metal and change each of their genre’s to simply “Rock.”
Winner: Rinse, though once again just barely. Neither of these unique features are particularly compelling, but at least Organize Genre’s actually relates to improving your music collection’s organizational ability.
Additional Considerations: Platform Availability and Price
Rinse is only available for iTunes, while TuneUp is available for both iTunes and Windows Media Player. This immediately gives the edge to TuneUp, though this victory is only decisive if you utilize WMA as your preferred audio platform.
Seeing as the vast majority of individuals utilize iTunes, both for their computers and their mobile devices, TuneUp’s WMA availability will only appeal to a very small segment of the population. But for that small segment of the population the choice between TuneUp and Rinse has been decided for them.
Winner: TuneUp, though only for a small segment of the population.
If you’re looking to buy a complete product then Rinse offers a better price than TuneUp. Purchasing a lifetime license for the full version of Rinse costs $39, while purchasing a lifetime license for the full version of Rinse costs $49.95.
It’s important to note TuneUp offers a wider range of purchasing options then Rinse. With TuneUp you can purchase an annual license for their full product for $39.95. Additionally you can purchase any one of the program’s features “a la carte” for either $19.95 (for an annual license) or for $29.95 (for a lifetime license).
Winner: Rinse, unless you’re only looking to purchase a single feature.
Conclusion: So which is better in the battle between Tuneup Media vs Rinse My Music?
Due to their nearly identical feature set and performance capabilities, TuneUp Media and Rinse offer products which are very difficult to select between. While each program offers its advantages over the other, all of those advantages are slight at best. Selecting between these two programs ultimately comes down to personal preference.
Thankfully both programs offer downloadable free trials, allowing users to decide first-hand which they prefer. If you want to choose between Rinse My Music and TuneUp Media, then go ahead and download each program’s free trial, give it a try, and make your decision based on which you enjoyed more!