I want to give my impression of two software tools that I have recently used: Mozilla Thunderbird – the open source mail client and Picard – the free MP3 tagger from Musicbrainz.
I have been a long time customer of Qualcom’s Eudora mail client for my home email accounts. I started out on the Apple Macintosh and migrating to PCs. I have convinced many of family members to use Eudora as well. I have been at home using my laptop from work to answer email and browse the internet and using Dreamscape’s Webmail client was getting a little tiresome. I downloaded and installed Thunderbird (http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird/). The user interface is a lot like Eudora and the free mail client that comes with Ubuntu. So far I like it a lot and it is free. There are some recommended plugins – such as a calendar function – that I haven’t used yet, but I plan to try them as well.
I had a bunch of albums on CDs that I had burned that no longer retained their ID. Whereas MusicBrainz tagger operated on a track by track basis Picard (http://musicbrainz.org/wd/PicardDownload) is an album oriented browser. It uses a clustering algorithm to associate the tracks with candidate albums and then the user selects the album and the song titles and IDs are re-labelled. I had a couple of failures, when it seemed to find a match but didn’t re-label the files but overall it worked well.