a definite dandy! It is a free program to create a database
from MP3s. It can read and incorporate them from the hard drive,
CD data discs or both. It works in conjunction with Winamp
v2.x so if you don't use that it is no good for you. If
you do use Winamp, you might want to take a look at it because...
It is fast! It will open a database of more than 25,000 MP3s
in less than 3 seconds with my 1200 MHz CPU. It will sort on
any column in less than a second. Others I have tried take up
to several minutes to open the database.
The database is compact...3.2 MB in my case. Another program's
DB for the same files is 7.3 megs.
It is flexible. You can use your folder structure - regardless
of its complexity - to define fields in the database. You can
also add the files using either the file name or
ID3 V1 tags.
You can globally edit the database fields of selected files....change
1000s at a time nearly instantly.
It will create playlists. It will play files with Winamp directly
via the database, either caching them to the hard drive or reading
directly from the CD.
Selected files can be written back to the hard drive and Stock
will prompt for insertion of the correct CD. The files can be
cached for playing or for the purpose of writing a compilation
CD. In the latter case, Stock will inform you when you have
written enough to fill the CD.
It has excellent search and sorting
functions. I can find any of 25,000+ songs in a few seconds.
It will export lists in either text or html.
You can augment the ID3 V1 fields. For example, you can sub-categorize
the "genre" field as I have done as an aid in sorting/finding
You can add a numeric rating for files (in the column with the
asterisk) so that you can find your favorites easily. You could
also use that column as a way to create sub-genres rather than
do it in the genre field itself as I have. For example, let
30 = jazz...
30 = general jazz
31 = big bands, pre 1940
32 = big bands, post 1940
33 = ragtime
34 = dixieland
Stock will only write a numeric value in that field so it would
be up to you to remember what the numbers stand for. You could
also use the BPM column (beats per minute) for the same thing.
As you can see from the screen
shots, MP3Stock uses a spreadsheet format. Most other programs
for MP3 databases use an Explorer format. There are advantages
both ways. The advantage of the explorer type is that you can
see just the songs under a particular artist, genre, etc. With
a spread sheet format, you always have everything right in front
of you. I have come to prefer the spreadsheet style. If you
think you would like the explorer style better, take a look
It too is free. I haven't used it much and only with 1000 or
so songs so I don't know how fast it would be with a large DB.
It doesn't have nearly as many features as Stock but seems quite
A couple of MP3Stock tips...
1. Ctrl + F brings up the search box. By unticking the column
names in that box, you can search in just the column(s) that
remain ticked. Case and spaces are ignored.
2. Shift + <letter> will jump to the first artist beginning
with that letter.
3. There are numerous keyboard shortcuts, all listed in Stock's