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Rinse My Music Review - Can It Really Rinse iTunes?

Updated on July 28, 2013

In Depth Review of Rinse My Music The New iTunes Rinser

Is this new iTunes clean-up program legitimate or is it just a bunch of hype? Newly released by RealNetworks, Rinse is an adobe air application that promises to clean and restore your iTunes library.

Keep in mind that this is just a review, if you are looking for the Rinse homepage than just visit the link below...

-->> http://www.RinseMyMusic.com

The objective of Rinse is to remove all the busy work and give iTunes users and automated cleanup tool. With iTunes organizational issues on the rise, Rinse aims to fix these problems without burning a hole in your wallet.

**Special Update**

There will soon be a Rinse Discount Code available for those interested in unlocking the full version of the program. Once available, the offer will reduce the price of the Rinse purchase code, CLICK through the link to find out more...

How Much Does Rinse Cost?

$39 for the Full Unlocked Version

The price of the program is fairly inexpensive for the thorough cleanup of your iTunes library that it performs. Let's say you have 10,000 songs and they all have missing or incorrect meta data(these are the "track 01s" and "unknown artists" also know as ID3 Tags).

In this case, a small fee for an effective clean-up program would be an absolute no-brainer. If you clean your iTunes library manually it could take you several hours or even days. Here is where Rinse My Music comes in as our new music cleanup savior. With this review we will take an in depth look at the Rinse application to reveal its true strengths and weaknesses.

Rinse User Interface Screenshot
Rinse User Interface Screenshot

How Does Rinse Work?

Let's cover the technical side first.

Firstly, the program is compatible for both Mac and Windows. Which is obviously a necessity for an iTunes plug-in. One thing that I really admired about the program is that it uses digital scanning technology to clean your songs unlike other programs which rely on existing song information.

With these other programs you will be left burnt on the songs with meta data that is completely missing . I highly recommend steering clear of these types of applications.

Step 1. Rinse starts by scanning each one of your songs

Step 2. Next a complex algorithm is used to identify and collect the information

Step 3. After the extraction process Rinse sends the data to the identification server.

Step 4. Correct information is returned along with percentage for accuracy

Step 5. Now Rinse gives you the option to fix songs one at a time or in bulk

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What Exactly Does Rinse Have To Offer?

Here are the iTunes cleanup and iTunes organizer functions packed into Rinse

Remove Duplicates From iTunes

In the age of the digital download frenzy there is one question that has become increasingly popular. How do I delete duplicates in iTunes? How does one get rid of iTunes duplicates without spending hours organizing and deleting their songs. Not to mention the wasted storage space that comes along with the deadweight duplicate songs. With the Rinse program you can select the exact song you wish to delete and even perform a test deletion to be certain the correct song is removed.


Repair Misspelled iTunes Songs, Fix MP3 Tags, Album Names, and Artists

Tired of those "track 01"s and "unknown artist"s? With Rinse you have the ability to use their intelligent song database provided by RealNetworks advanced technologies. The program scans the sound wave for each song and matches the snippet with the database returning the correct meta data or ID3 Tag information. There is either a one-song at a time cleanup option or an automatic setting. Rinse promises its users the push button automation so that you should be able to fix Id3 tags in your sleep.


Get Album Artwork For iTunes

Trying to add album artwork to iTunes can really be a struggle these days with a massive music collection. Blank album art makes your cover flow view completely useless, which can drive some people nuts when flipping their iPhone or iPod touch horizontal. The beauty of Rinse is that they offer the highest resolution iTunes album artwork finder available. Scrolling through your cover flow without a single blank is a very nice result.

Organize Your iTunes Genres So You Can Fully Customize Your Library

The genre organization feature is completely unique to Rinse. The program has a major advantage on the competition. It allows people to organize iTunes as well as cleanse it. Browsing your music can really be tedious when you have about the same amount of songs as you do genres. With this feature you can combine genres and streamline your listening experience.

The Rinse iTunes Challenge

It's Time To Put Rinse To The Test!

Unlike most reviewers out there I went about things the old fashioned way. I actually used the damn program! I started off with only a decent amount of "track 01"s and missing album art, oh yeah and few duplicate songs as well so Rinse definitely had it's work cut out for it. Then I started by using the "Fix Songs" feature to cleanup my missing meta data.

Screen Shot of the "Fix Songs" Feature

The program gives you the option to either fix songs one-by-one or automatically. With the automatic method you set your own parameters for how Rinse will fix your songs. You specify the accuracy range you would like the program to use when automatically fixing mp3 tags. For example, if you set it at 80% Rinse will only fix songs with 80% or above accuracy.

The next screen allows you to set your parameters

From there I let the program rip and was quite surprised by the accuracy. Of the approximately 50 totally messed up songs I ran through Rinse it fixed 95% of them with the above 90% accuracy parameter. As far this review goes with Rinse's fix songs feature, so far so good on my music collection.

Now on to the iTunes duplicate remover feature. Besides just incorrect id3 tags, I had a few duplicate songs to throw at Rinse. The first step is to click on the "Fix Duplicates" tab. Next you must set the proper parameters for deleting duplicates in iTunes. I really liked how Rinse offers total control over the duplicate removal process. There are three options to set before starting the process.

From there running the duplicate deleter was a breeze. It cleared all the duplicates in my library without a single hiccup. This is by far one of the best features of Rinse.

Rinse My Music Review: Conclusion

Wrapping Up Our Rinse iTunes Review

After putting the program to the song cleanup test I'm going to give Rinse a 8.5/10 for its overall performance and quality. The program gives you total control over the iTunes cleanup process.

And the security of the application combined with RealNetworks backing the program gives iTunes users the true cleanup program they have been longing for.

Try getting a feel for the program yourself, just download the free trial and let it run on 50 of your iTunes songs.

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Special Discount for Rinse Coming Soon...

After the program's recent release the company has promised to provide a special Rinse offer code for people to reduce the price of the program. The offer code functions just like a standard discount, coupon, or promo code. Check back soon to grab the deal!

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Rinse My Music - The New iTunes Rinser

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I noticed Rinse is automatically inserting a lot of data in the comment field as displayed in iTunes. Hexidecimal data. What does this represent and how can it be removed?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      has there been any new promo codes added? I'd like to buy it, but with discount, not full price.

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      JoeBorowy 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey Rod, sorry but currently there are no codes available. As soon as one becomes available I will be sure to post it and respond to your comment again and than you'll get an email notification of the discount becoming available.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @JoeBorowy: I also want to buy it but with discount. i'll wait for it. I have a question. When this program is looking for duplicated songs and I have 2 songs with the same name "track 1" and same artist "unknown" but they are really 2 different songs. Then this program is going to eliminate one as a duplicated song?

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      JoeBorowy 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey Carlos! I'm still waiting on an active discount, I'll be sure to post it when one becomes available.

      As for your duplicate question, the program will not eliminate one of the songs based on the same track information. Since the program works by matching a sound wave snippet with their database, it can differentiate the songs. Ideally you would want to run the "Fix Songs" function first and than the songs would have have the correct info and no longer be "track 1".

      Hope this helps Carlos.

      Warm Regards,

      Joe

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      JoeBorowy 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hrmmm...That is strange. Im going to recommend contacting support for this issue. Head over to the Rinse homepage and drop them a line.

      Good Luck!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hello there i have bought this program but dos not do nothing to my music at all. my music stays the same as it was. is there a way to identify the problem

      many thanks

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      JoeBorowy 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello Robert, I recommend contacting the Rinse support team about your problem. Visit the homepage and click the "support" tab.

      Good Luck!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So the $39.99 is that a 1 time price or am I going to have to buy this again and again and again???

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      JoeBorowy 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes Mark, it is a one time price of $39.00 and than you have full access rights to the software.

      Best of Luck!

      Joe

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I tested Rinse, but am not interested in purchasing. After I uninstalled Rinse, the menu bar still appears across the top of iTunes on startup. Clicking on any option prompts a pop-up Unhandled Exception, click Quit and then the bar goes away. Only now I can maximize iTunes. How do I get the menu bar to go away permanently?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Rinse icon or toolbar still appears after uninstall

      I uninstalled Rinse from my computer--why am I still seeing the Rinse icon and/or the iTunes toolbar?

      Windows considers Rinse and the Rinse toolbar to be two separate programs, so you will need to uninstall the toolbar separately.

      Windows XP

      Make sure that iTunes is closed

      Click on Start.

      Chick on My Computer

      Chick on c: Local Disk

      Click on Program Files

      Click on iTunes

      Click on Plug-ins

      Delete Rinse.dll and Rinse.exe

      Reopen iTunes and the toolbar will be gone

      Windows Vista/ Windows 7

      Make sure that iTunes is closed

      Click on the Start button

      Click on Computer

      Click on c: Local Disk

      Click on Program Files

      Click on iTunes

      Click on Plug-ins

      Delete Rinse.dll and Rinse.exe

      Reopen iTunes and the toolbar will be gone

      Windows 7 64-bit

      Make sure that iTunes is closed

      Click on the Start button

      Click on Computer

      Click on c: Local Disk

      Click on Program Files(X86)

      Click on iTunes

      Click on Plug-ins

      Delete Rinse.dll and Rinse.exe

      Reopen iTunes and the toolbar will be gone

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Is there a promo code that's going to be available? Or did I miss it? :(

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @JoeBorowy: Is that per computer, or can I install this on two machines with a single purchase?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I paid for and downloaded the software. It did absolutely nothing. I then unistalled it and re-installed it multiple times and still nothing. Then I re-arranged my library folders and tried again still nothing. I e-mailed customer service and they told me to uninstall and re-install. Well already did that four times. I gave up, bot Tune up, which worked great on tags, not so good on duplicates. Also, purchased Tune Sweeper, not so good on tags but great on duplicates. Ask Rinse for a credit to my Visa and obviously they didn't want to give it, so I disputed the charge with Visa and was told I'll receive a permanent credit. So if you buy, be sure to use a good credit card.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Bought rinse and it erased the track title of many songs and gave it a duplicate name....such as 4 fly me to the moon tracks on one of my Frank Sinatra albums. Hmmm peaking of "to the moon"!

      Very disappointed

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      JoeBorowy 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Sorry you had a bad experience Bob. Try contacting support for a refund, Im sure they would be happy to take care of you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am still trying to fix what RinseMyMusic did to my iTunes library. Among the major problems I encountered: (1) Entire albums mislabeled, including the songs being re-titled incorrectly; (2) Names of groups being replaced by the names of the composers (e.g., the entire Main Ingredient album became "Donald McPherson/Luther Simmons Jr./Tony Silvester." It also breaks up albums (and boxed sets) in which guest artists appear on a track, so that Mark Knopfler's "Sailing to Philadelphia" got spread out among the 8,500 songs on iTunes. Songs also disappeared, mistakenly removed as duplicates. To be fair, I received a prompt reply to my Email, but the suggestion was not helpful.

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      Well, I'm glad that I held off... :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Program crashes & Customer Service for Rinse doesn't care.

      Rinse crashes iTunes... I have been working with their customer service for two months now and they send the same responses over and over. They copy-paste what they sent to other customers (I have been called by 3 different names in their e-mails...totally impersonal) and these responses don't work. Rinse fails to connect with iTunes... it will do 7-8 songs, and then hang up "crash" with an error saying it lost the connection to iTunes... COMPLETELY unsatisfactory.

      Customer service at RealNetworks (makers of this horrible program) don't care about you once they have your money. They simply want you to go away, they have made that clear. If you have a problem with Rinse, here is the solution: 1) Uninstall Rinse and reinstall and restart. 2) Uninstall Adobe Air (used by Rinse) and reinstall. 3) Uninstall Adobe Flash and reinstall. 4) Make sure no other programs are running... once they've exhausted these solutions, they will start at #1 again "uninstall Rinse and restart" and repeat -- I'm not kidding. After 6 weeks, they beat me -- I give up, the $35-40 I spent on it is lost and not worth my trouble to keep going back and forth with them in e-mail to get the same responses over and over again...

      If you buy it -- good luck.

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