MRockola

MRockola 2.3

Free
It can emulate a Jukebox (Rockola) and play various video and audio files
5.0  (2 votes)
2.3 (See all)

MRockola is an open-source multimedia and karaoke player that also helps you keep your music, video, and karaoke collection organized. It works with folders containing any number of supported audio and video files, formatted according to the program’s naming conventions. Its ten-channel equalizer allows you to fully customize your listening experience.

Simple as it is, MRockola is not an easy-to-use utility. It comes with a double interface, one devoted to the various settings provided, and the media player itself. The former includes a limited number of settings to configure the look and feel of the interface, the above-mentioned equalizer, and a hotkey manager. The player comes in a four-panel window capable of managing up to four folders at a time. Loading these folders, however, is not as simple a task as you would hope, and the lack of help files does not make it any easier. Supposedly, the program will recognize and load any media folder of your choice as long as its name follows the program’s naming conventions – namely, “\Artist\Album” or “\Artist – Album”. I am only guessing here, but if this happened to be true, it would mean that you will be required to rename all your media folders carefully to enjoy them using MRockola. The same principle applies to the files inside the folder. In both cases, the sample names provided refer to audio files and folders only, so I did not even dare to load a folder full of AVI or MPEG files.

The list of supported codecs is not extremely long, but it includes some of the most widely used video and audio formats, such as MP3, WAV, WMA, and Ogg (as well as FLAC and ALAC in the lossless department), and WMV, MPEG-4, and XviD on the video codecs side.

The only feature that really helps you move around the program in an easier and effective way is its support for hotkeys. MRockola can be fully enjoyed without a mouse, which makes it truly accessible for those potential users with a visual impairment.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Comes with a nice equalizer
  • Allows you to configure hotkeys for all its main features
  • Supports lossless audio formats such as FLAC and ALAC

Cons

  • Dull interface
  • Some folders containing supported audio files do not load easily or at all
  • Does not allow you to add loose tracks to your playlist
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